Blue Jackets hope Dubinsky will be ready for start of 2017-18 season

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While Artemi Panarin spoke of winning “many trophies” during his introductory press conference with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team provided a noteworthy update on injured center Brandon Dubinsky.

Granted, it wasn’t a particularly concrete one.

Dubinsky underwent wrist surgery in late May, and it sounds like he’s taking a little longer to recover than the originally anticipated window of three months. The team’s hopes are more basic: they’re crossing their fingers that he’ll be ready for the beginning of the 2017-18 season, according to reporters including The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline.

Dubinsky’s wrist was at least healthy enough to fire off this tweet directed at college free agents (and, ostensibly, Will Butcher) recently: