We told you the other night about Blue Jackets 2012 first-round pick Ryan Murray hurting his shoulder playing for his junior team. The update on how he’s doing doesn’t look promising.
Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports Murray may have a torn labrum in the shoulder. It’s unknown if he needs surgery to fix the tear, but if he does, he would miss up to four months of action.
“Surgery is not a certainty at this point,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “We aren’t going to make a decision until Dr. (Larry) Watson is able to see him and examine him.”
If the NHL gets underway in the meantime, that would put Murray out of the Blue Jackets’ plans until at least March. Ouch. This kind of news makes you wonder who in the Jackets organization broke a few mirrors or walked under a ladder because this run of misfortune is astounding.
There is still the outside chance that Murray’s shoulder won’t need an operation, but having your top prospect getting hurt badly enough that it’s an option is less than optimal.
John Davidson’s long flirtation with the Columbus Blue Jackets is reportedly about to pay off.
Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says the two sides are close to signing off on a deal that will make Davidson the President of Hockey Operations.
Portzline also reports general manager Scott Howson, assistant GM Chris MacFarland, and senior adviser of hockey operations Craig Patrick will retain their jobs with the team. The catch here is that Davidson will be the boss of all three guys.
As you might remember, Davidson was allowed to look for a new job when Tom Stillman bought the St. Louis Blues and the one team he gravitated towards immediately was Columbus. He’ll have his hands full in trying to help turn the Jackets around as they’ve made the playoffs just once in team history.
It might feel strange to see Jaromir Jagr in a Dallas Stars jersey, but what if he was setting off cannons in Columbus?
Aaron Portzline reports that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson extended a one-year, $4.2 million offer to Jagr, who eventually accepted a bit more ($4.5 million) with Dallas.
Portzline points out someone who would have a “heavy hand” in bringing in Jagr: new CBJ adviser Craig Patrick drafted him as the Pittsburgh Penguins GM.
Jagr told Randy Miller that he almost felt like Patrick viewed him as “his kid” back when he asked to be traded from Pittsburgh.
“He drafted me. I felt like I was his kid or something,” Jagr said. “I think it would be tough for him to trade me if I didn’t come to him and say it.”
So there’s a fun “What if?” scenario for you.
The Blue Jackets did draft Jakub Voracek – aka “Jagr Jr.” – so it would have been an odd full circle moment.
Instead, Sergei Fedorov remains arguably the strangest Blue Jacket yet.
Remember when time actually stood still in Los Angeles back in February? The Kings were able to score a go-ahead goal with less than a second to play over the Columbus Blue Jackets thanks to the clock being slow to start after a face off.
As it turns out, the NHL’s investigation into what caused the clock to not start on time was pretty simple. Sean Fitz-Gerald of The National Post reports it was human error that worked in the Kings’ favor.
On Thursday, Peter Hurzeler, a veteran official in charge of timing at the Olympics, put it in simple terms: “It’s manual — the clock doesn’t know when it has to stop.”
It sounds like such a simple explanation, but when you have error-prone humans (something all of us are) running machines that are mostly flawless, these things will happen.
At the very least, this whole situation got us an amazingly snarky post from Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and a fascinating explanation from Kings GM Dean Lombardi about coulombs and how time functions.
With the Rick Nash trade done and Shea Weber’s offer sheet deadline approaching, Roberto Luongo’s situation is likely to dominate rumors and headlines. Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis covered a wide range of topics with The Globe & Mail and radio station Team 1040 on Monday, yet he didn’t provide a substantial Luongo update.
Gillis insisted that it wouldn’t be a disruption to keep Luongo around into training camp, according to the Vancouver Province’s coverage of that Team 1040 interview. Furthermore, he told David Ebner that there’s “nothing new to report.”
“As you get closer to the season, things begin to pick up as teams see their needs,” Gillis said. “We’ve been given solid offers. Nothing we would do today. We’re going to continue the process with the teams that are interested.”
The Columbus Blue Jackets decided not to wait until training camp kicked off to jettison Nash, even with a deal many believe fell short of Scott Howson’s stated goals. Gillis insists that the Canucks are willing to wait until “close to the season” – and maybe later – but time will tell if he’s just playing coy.
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A look at possible destinations for Luongo.
Luongo: “It’s time to move on.”