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Jakub Voracek's Future Is In Doubt

12/05/2022 at 1:58pm EST

from Craig Merz at the CBJ website,

Jakub Voracek said Monday that his chances of playing again this season with the Columbus Blue Jackets are "very slim."

The 33-year-old forward sustained a concussion Nov. 4 at the 2022 NHL Global Series in Tampere Finland, when he was hit below the nose with a high stick from Dryden Hunt of the Colorado Avalanche. He has not played since.

"After talking to many people and many doctors we came to the conclusion that as of right now, I'm not capable of coming back, I won't be coming back anytime soon," Voracek said. "Obviously, I'm going to make my best efforts to do that (return) but it might be a long process and as of now I don't see myself playing in the near future.

"I had a lot of head injuries in the past and that's something I've got to think about and be smart about and that's where I stand right now."

Voracek said he is not contemplating retirement at this point. He is signed through the 2023-24 season.

"If I'm going to be medically cleared, I'm going to try. We'll see about that," he said. "And retirement? I can't retire, I'm still under contract. I would like to finish it off. If I'm going to be able to, I'll be happy about that. If I won't be, that's going to be up to doctors.

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Zach Werenski Out For The Regular Season

11/11/2022 at 12:32pm EST

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Nick Blankenburg, center Sean Kuraly and right wing Jakub Voracek on Injured Reserve, General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Voracek was placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to November 4, while Kuraly's designation is retroactive to November 5. The Blue Jackets have added defensemen Gavin Bayreuther, Marcus Bjork and David Jiricek to the roster on emergency recall from the Cleveland Monsters, the club's American Hockey League affiliate. In addition, defenseman Zach Werenski suffered a separated shoulder and torn labrum in Thursday's 5-2 win over Philadelphia and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.

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Patrik Laine At Home

11/03/2022 at 4:32pm EDT

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Patrik Laine's presence is everywhere in this city.

The Columbus Blue Jackets forward is being used heavily to promote the 2022 NHL Global Series against the Colorado Avalanche, his face all over billboards and television.

Walk into almost any bar in the city and there will be a Laine jersey, often signed, hanging on the wall, be it a Blue Jackets jersey or one from the Winnipeg Jets, his first NHL team. Some bars even have the blue-and-orange jersey from Tappara, the team in Liiga, the top professional league in Finland, that Laine played for before heading to the NHL.

Go to perhaps the most famous wing place in the city, Hook Restaurant, and there is Laine on the menu with Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov, his co-creator of the hat-trick, a dish that includes 33 chicken wings and waffle fries.

"Not everyone has a dish named for them," Laine said with a laugh.

There have been a lot of laughs this week for the 24-year-old, who is reveling in the opportunity to be in his home country during the NHL regular season, a rarity since he was selected by the Jets with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

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No Fight In Columbus

11/01/2022 at 8:41am EDT

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

I was on the road, in a car with a satellite radio, and I was tuned into the New Jersey Devils’ feed of the Devils-Blue Jackets game Sunday. I couldn’t help but feel for Devils play-by-play man Matt Laughlin and color analyst Chico Resch.

This should have been an empty netter for these guys: The Devils, poised for a letdown after an impressive 1-0 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, did not let down. They ran the Jackets out of whatever the name of the building is in Newark, final score 7-1. If you are the home announcers, it should have been an easy-peasy Sunday.

The problem was Laughlin and Resch had a hard time watching the spiritless, hapless, halfhearted Jackets. Resch, the old goalie, was particularly affected. It killed him that Jackets goaltender Elvis Merkins was “playing his heart out” while the rest of the Jackets fled from the net front. He used words like “embarrassing” and “pathetic.”

I felt for Chico. He’s 74 years old now. He roots for everybody – the Devils, especially – but mostly, he roots for hockey. He has 50-plus years logged as a player and a broadcaster, and he loves the game as much as life itself. The Jackets let him down Sunday. And if the Jackets let down Chico, who bleeds Devil Christmas tree colors, it goes without saying they let down Columbus and its true-blue fans. Once again, they failed to show, with the possible exception of Elvis – who seems to be the only Jacket with any fight in him.

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Patrik Laine Out 3-4 Weeks With An Elbow Sprain

10/13/2022 at 5:46pm EDT

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed winger Patrik Laine on Injured Reserve, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. He is expected to miss three-to-four weeks due to an elbow sprain suffered in Wednesday's game at Carolina.

Laine, 24, who scored the club's first goal of the season vs. the Hurricanes before suffering the injury, has recorded 177 goals and 151 assists for 328 points in 408 career games with the Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets since making his NHL debut in 2016-17. Last season, he scored at a point-per-game pace for the first time in his career as he tallied 26-30-56 and 24 penalty minutes in 56 outings.

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