With Huselius Gone 4-6 Months, Just What Are Jackets Wing Options

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Take a look at a tease.

At 4:39 p.m. on July 13, Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers reported that Columbus Blue Jackets winger Kristian Huselius was healthy following surgery to refurbish “his abdominal-groin-hip region,” writing that “all indications are that Huselius are going to be Completely for any beginning of training camp when he enters the final year of his contract aided by the Blue Jackets.”

At 6:57 p.m. on July 13, Portzline a follow-up post: “New, Serious Injury For Huselius.”Uh-oh. Out of the Columbus Dispatch:

Blue Jackets left winger Kristian Huselius has suffered a torn pectoral muscle while bodybuilding last weekend in Sweden, and may have surgery on Thursday in Columbus. He’s anticipated to miss 3 to 4 months.

“It’s a hardcore, tough injury for Kristian,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “He used to be rehabilitating the hip surgery in April but was going to memorized for training camp. This can be a pretty significant setback. We’re investigating November from the earliest, and possibly January. It is a pretty serious injury accompanied by a long recovery.”

Huselius makes $4.75 million versus the cap, so LTIR can provide even more space when using the Jackets currently $8.77 million under it. That is little solace for that team merely lost a number one six to injury on the offseason, together with a player who could have been your third aspect of a superior line featuring Jeff Carter and Rick Nash.

Additionally, it is a team already a tad light for the wings, prompting Howson to tell Puck-rakers of the fact that injury forces him to think about “a free agent winger who can participate in the top six.”

Among the free agents entirely on left wing, if that’s where Howson’s looking: Sergei Samsonov, Chris Drury, Vinny Prospal and Cory Stillman.

Two or three those are intriguing, along at the right price. Prospal will be the form of supporting cast member that would appear to fit the Jackets’ needs; he made $2.48 million versus the cap last season while using Rangers. Samsonov may very well be the more exiting name, but his offensive numbers have declined; could he hit 45 points inside Jackets’ top six

Oh, hell, should list him too: Nikolay Zherdev, a person Blue Jackets fans know fairly well. Along with Scott Howson, as a general diplomat and as the man who shipped him on vacation. This will be interesting if likely implausible 

“It’s a hardcore, tough injury for Kristian,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “He used to be rehabilitating the hip surgery in April but was going to memorized for training camp. This can be a pretty significant setback. We’re investigating November from the earliest, and possibly January. It is a pretty serious injury accompanied by a long recovery.”

Huselius makes $4.75 million versus the cap, so LTIR can provide even more space when using the Jackets currently $8.77 million under it. That is little solace for that team merely lost a number one six to injury on the offseason, together with a player who could have been your third aspect of a superior line featuring Jeff Carter and Rick Nash.

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