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From Aaron Portzline at Puck-Rakers:
Blue Jackets left winger Kristian Huselius has suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights last weekend in Sweden, and will have surgery on Thursday in Columbus. He’s expected to miss 4 to 6 months.
“It’s a tough, tough injury for Kristian,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “He was still rehabilitating the hip (surgery in April) but was going to ready to go for training camp. This is a pretty significant setback.
“We’re looking at November at the earliest, and maybe January. It’s a pretty serious injury with a long recovery.”
Huselius flew with his family to Columbus on Tuesday to meet with Blue Jackets’ team doctors today.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Left winger Kristian Huselius and center Jiri Novotny will not play Tuesday in Detroit, The Dispatch has learned.
Huselius is a huge blow to the Blue Jackets, who are already low on top-six forwards. He sustained an apparent concussion on Saturday when he was cross-checked in the face by St. Louis Blues forward David Backes. He will not play Tuesday, but will be examined further later in the week.
Novotny might have a concussion, too. He was game-time decision in St. Louis, but was able to play. As the game wore on, he felt worse and worse. He’s the same as Huselius ... out for Tuesday, to be examined later in the week.
more on the Blue Jackets and if you missed the cross-check by Backes on Huselius, you can watch it below…
from Rob Mixer at BlueJackets.com,
BlueJackets.com posed 10 questions to new Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius, who signed a contract with the team on July 2….
CBJ.com: How excited are you to be here?
KH: I’m very excited. This is going to be an exciting team in the next few years, with young players getting better and better. I wanted to be a part of this and hopefully I can help the team make the playoffs for the first time. We have a great player in Rick Nash and a good goaltender - if we can come together quick in training camp and get some confidence, I think we’re going to make a lot of noise.
via Tom Reed at Puck-rakers,
The Dispatch has learned the Blue Jackets are negotiating with free-agent forward Kristian Huselius, who played the past three seasons with the Flames. A deal could be struck later tonight. Huselius has scored 59 goals over the past two seasons.
In other free-agent news, the Blue Jackets appear to be out of the running for center Brendan Morrison..
Updated 9:30pm ET (Alanah): SIGNED. Breaking news from TSN—
The Blue Jackets have signed free agent left winger Kristian Huselius to a four-year contract worth $19 million, The Dispatch has learned. Huselius will make $4.75 million per season.
*link will be available shortly (Updated 9:32pm - story online at TSN)
Update 9:51pm ET: A comment from Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: “Kristian is a highly skilled player with good vision and hockey sense who has performed at a very high level throughout his career. We are very pleased to have a player and a person of his caliber join the Blue Jackets organization.”
From Allen Cameron at the Calgary Herald,
Fresh off hitting for a $1-million payout in a harness-racing wager in his native Sweden on Saturday, the talented forward responded with his best game of the playoffs Sunday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome, assisting on Owen Nolan’s eventual game-winner in the first period and playing a role at both ends of the ice in Calgary’s 2-0 series-tying win over the San Jose Sharks.
more… on a big weekend for Huselius
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
For all of his flaws—some real and some imagined by his detractors—Huselius is still arguably the most gifted offensive player on Calgary’s roster.
His passing skills are rivalled only by Alex Tanguay’s, but he’s much more willing to shoot the puck in scoring areas, so that makes Huselius very dangerous in the offensive zone, especially on the powerplay.
He’s more than capable of scoring that big goal at the right time, which is a big deal come playoff time.
As for those who say he disappears when the games get more physical, they’re dead wrong.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
At the tail end of a brief interview following yesterday’s practice, Kristian Huselius was asked if he’d dealt with being a healthy scratch before.
“I did in Florida,” said Huselius, before adding a telling kicker as he walked away to abruptly cut short his first comments on the benching: “with him, so…”
“Him” being coach Mike Keenan, the man who relegated the healthy winger to the press box Tuesday as part of their latest clash in philosophies.
Back in 2003, when the two last worked together, Huselius was, by several accounts, a regular target of the demanding coach despite reaching the 20-goal mark in each of his first two NHL seasons.
Stories of Keenan loudly berating young Huselius for soft or indifferent play still circulate around Miami’s tiny hockey circles.
via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
If indeed the Flames are to be active at this year’s trade deadline, the name Flames fans should hope is in play is that of Kristian Huselius….
Truth is the team has been doing just fine without him for the last month when the one-dimensional dispsy-doodler has chipped in with just one goal in his last 20 outings. It confirms what GM Darryl Sutter has been saying about him all along—he’s not a first-line winger.
He’s rendered useless when the going gets tough, he can’t contribute physically or defensively and he has no future here.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The only downside to Huselius’s scoring surge: Every time he and Iginla put on a show, it only increases his value on the open market, if Calgary cannot get him signed to a contract extension before July 1, at which time he would become an unrestricted free agent. Huselius carried a lot of baggage when he arrived in Calgary a couple of years back.
from the Calgary Herald,
There are a couple of surefire ways for head coach Mike Keenan and Kristian Huselius to put an end to all the snarky speculation and giddy gossip about their relationship.
Keenan can simply keep tapping the Swedish left-winger on the shoulder and firing him over the boards - Huselius has averaged better than 18 minutes a night through the Calgary Flames’ first five NHL outings….
“It’s a different time now than Florida,” emphasized Huselius. “I haven’t thought about it. There’s nothing to talk about it now, I don’t think. It’s a different organization, a different team, a different situation for both of us. I’m just going to make sure I’m ready to play every night and help the team win.”