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Videos- Cam Atkinson Relieved He Can See After Taking A Skate To The Face

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson has a nasty slice running across his right eyelid and down his cheek, yet he was counting his blessings after a 4-1 loss to Anaheim on Friday in Honda Center.

At 10:34 of the third peirod, Atkinson was inadvertantly kicked in the face by the right skate blade of Ducks center Ryan Kesler, when Kesler's leg kicked up behind him as he reached ahead of him for the puck.

Atkinson dropped to the ice, and a small pool of flood formed before Blue Jackets' trainer Mike Vogt could reach with with a towel. He walked quickly to the dressing room under his own power and was immediately seen by Ducks medical personel.

About 30 minutes after the game, Atkinson emerged from the trainer's room with two loose bandages and a bag of ice over his right eye.

"I can see," Atkinson said. "Thank God I can see.

"It went right across my eyelid. If it goes through my eyelid ... "


Videos below of the incident...

added 2:21pm, Atkinson tweeted a selfie, pic is below the videos...

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Nathan Horton Health Update Not Good

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets aren’t ready to move on without injured right wing Nathan Horton yet.

But optimism is fading that Horton will be able to play this season, and there’s growing concern that the 29-year-old’s career might be finished.

Horton, who signed a seven-year, $37.1 million free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in the summer of 2013, has been diagnosed with “degeneration” of the entire lumbar region of his spine, or the lower back, sources told The Dispatch.

Surgery has not been scheduled or ruled out, but it is viewed as a last resort, sources said. It’s a delicate procedure, with no guarantee of relief.

“Nathan is a frustrated kid right now,” said his agent, Paul Krepelka. “This is normally a really easygoing guy, a happy guy, but he’s just so frustrated by all of this. 

“He signed with Columbus to make an impact, to play a big role on a team that’s on the rise. He was so excited about doing it. The fact that he hasn’t been able to make any meaningful contributions is just extremely frustrating to him.”


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Videos- Paul Stastny And Curtis McElhinney Injured On Saturday

via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Stastny was hit by Arizona’s Martin Hanzal along the boards and then was bumped again later in his shift. He headed to the locker room just 59 seconds into the game and didn’t return due to what the team labeled an “upper-body” injury.

“He’s not going to play (Sunday) and then we’ll just see,” Hitchcock said. “He took a hit there and he’s kind of day-to-day and then we’ll just see where we’re at.”


Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney was also injured last night and no update on his condition. 

Watch how the injury happened below...

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The Latest On The Blue Jackets Financial Issue

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The city- and county-financed agency that bought Nationwide Arena has not made a single payment on the loans that paid for the purchase.

But public officials said yesterday that under the terms of the purchase deal, there is no risk of default.

The executive director of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority confirmed to The Dispatch that the agency has not made $240,000 in loan payments. That’s because the share of casino tax revenue that the city and county pledged toward the purchase and operation of the arena has come in grossly lower than what was predicted when the pact was signed in spring 2012.


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Financial Issues In Columbus?

from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

The Columbus Blue Jackets may be economically nonviable in Columbus, Ohio.

The NHL team, which entered the league in 2000, lost a fortune during its first several years in Columbus. To keep the Blue Jackets from leaving town, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority bought Nationwide Arena and gave the team free rent. The city-county authority financed the $52 million deal through loans from Nationwide and the State of Ohio.

The arena costs were supposed to covered with money from a casino. But the the casino has crapped out, and WOSO Public Media reported yesterday that no payments have been made to pay off either loan. Zero.


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That Damn Cannon

from Allison Lukan of FoxSports Ohio,

A cannon isn't something that goes on an everyday shopping list, but when the Columbus Blue Jackets decided they wanted one for Nationwide Arena, nothing was going to hold them back.

"In August of 2007, we got the message that the team wanted a cannon," said Mike Todd, who has served as the team's in-game arena host since 2003. "It had been tossed back and forth if we should get it or not to match the Civil War theme, and eventually they decided to go ahead."

Through an Internet search, a potential vendor was found. Todd and then-director of game operations Kimberly Kershaw packed their bags and headed to meet Chris Olson, who built cannons for Civil War reenactments, in Pontoon Beach, Ill., about fifteen miles northeast of St. Louis.

"We pull up to this place, it's out of the way, off a gravel road and there's an older gentleman who looked like a Civil War soldier himself," Todd said. "He said, 'Yeah, I build cannons and I've got one here if you want to take a look at it.'"


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Brandon Dubinsky Out Six Weeks After Abdominal Surgery

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets have been staggered by injuries, absences and an ever-changing roster throughout training camp. But the biggest blow might have come today, on the eve of the season opener on Thursday at Buffalo.

Center Brandon Dubinsky had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia this morning and is expected to miss six weeks, Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said....

The heart-and-soul forward joins a list of injured players that includes left wing Boone Jenner (broken left hand), right wing Nathan Horton (back), defenseman Ryan Murray (knee) and forward Brian Gibbons (undisclosed).

“It’s a big blow,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “But I feel good about this group. We’d like to have Brandon in the lineup, but I think everyone deals with injuries at different times in the season. We’ve just got to deal with an injury right now.”

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Blue Jackets Place Brandon Dubinsky On IR

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

This Blue Jackets' training camp should have been sponsored by Barnum and Bailey. The circus continued on Tuesday, with another injury to a key player and an out-of-nowhere waiver claim.

On Monday, Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky left practice after only 10 minutes. He was described as "banged up, nicked up" by coach Todd Richards.

This morning, Richards acknowledged it's more serious. This afternoon, the club placed Dubinsky on injured reserve and proclaimed him "out indefinitely" because of a lower-body injury.

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Ryan Johansen Agrees To A Three-Year Contract With Columbus

added 11:22am,


added 1:56pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with center Ryan Johansen on a three-year contract, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

“Ryan is an important member of the Blue Jackets family and we are pleased to have reached agreement on a contract with him through the 2016-17 season,” said Kekalainen.  “We’ve always believed that Ryan has the chance to be a very special player and are confident that his continued growth and development will be an important part of our team’s success now and in the future.”

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Morning Line

Jenner will be out for another month. Horton is out indefinitely. Johansen? Who knows? Given these verities and unknowns, it is advisable for Blue Jackets fans to temper their hopes for the foreseeable future. They have a competent, hard-working team to root for, and they have Sergei Bobrovsky, but they are not the power they can, and might yet be, and they are no longer a surprise.

-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this topic.

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