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Zach Werenski’s Goal Is To Be Ready For Opening Night

from Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

He's still going through rehab exercises, but Zach Werenski is making good progress with his surgically-repaired shoulder this summer.

The 21-year old defenseman is back on the ice, even stepping into slap shots, and he's hoping to take his first contact at some point in training camp. His focus is also locked on Oct. 4 at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit, when the Blue Jackets will open the 2018-19 regular season against the Detroit Red Wings - the team he cheered growing up in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

"My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1," Werenski told BlueJackets.com. "You never want to miss time, you never want to miss games, so my goal going into training camp and into the season is to be ready for Game 1. If it's later, like Game 5 or Game 10, whenever that is, I'm going to work to miss as few games as possible and be ready to help the team."


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PierreC's avatar

that Zach Werenski should be a Red Wings…send AA to Columbus…maybe they’ll take the bait ?

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 08/14/18 at 11:16 AM ET


Imagine if the Wings had roster space to trade for another defenseman without having to unload one of the garbage contracts.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/14/18 at 02:00 PM ET


I’m not sure we have a player on our roster they’d take for Werenski plus a sweetener, plus, plus. Maybe if Zadina ends up looking like a replacement for Panarin - as a starting point?

I am not sure what people were thinking when they doubted the merit of swapping Johansen for Jones either. It seemed to amount to, well, he hasn’t quite established himself as Erik Karlsson and Shea Webber rolled into one. As if it’s a knock on him that Nashville had the league;s best top-four in front of him when he was still a kid.

One one for one blockbuster; one shrewd draft pick after the top several picks were made.
And Columbus has two legit, young, top-pairing D.

Hope Werenski comes back even stronger. While the Wings are re-whatever, it would be nice to see the Jackets go on a run.

Posted by Lefty30 on 08/15/18 at 06:15 AM ET

PierreC's avatar

Hope Werenski comes back even stronger. While the Wings are re-whatever, it would be nice to see the Jackets go on a run.

Why should we care for the Jackets ?

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 08/15/18 at 01:10 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar


Perfect LOL

Posted by ilovehomers on 08/15/18 at 06:40 PM ET

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