Blue Jackets notebook: Tyutin might miss start of season
Midway through practice yesterday, Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin skated off the ice and onto the injury list.
It’s a lower-body injury, coach Todd Richards said.
“It’s nothing major,” Richards said. “It could be something that keeps him out on the weekend, but we won’t know more until later.”
The Blue Jackets open the season on Friday against the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena and play on Saturday at the New York Islanders.
Tyutin, 30, played in all 48 games last season and has played in at least 80 games in three of his four seasons with the Blue Jackets.
He has played with Jack Johnson as the club’s No. 1 pair at even strength, on power play and penalty kill. There are eight defensemen on the roster, so if Tyutin cannot play, Tim Erixon or David Savard will take his place.
Boll likely out
Right wing Jared Boll is unlikely to play this weekend as an undisclosed upper-body injury continues to linger.
“I’m not 100 percent going to count him out, but we’re at 90 percent,” Richards said, “only because he hasn’t practiced with the group and hasn’t been part of it for a long time. You like him to get some reps before he gets thrown into a game. These early games, there’s usually lots of emotion and guys are champing at the bit. The intensity and pace, all those things are there.”
James Wisniewski’s passion for hockey is rivaled only by his passion for golf.
A resident and member at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Wisniewski won the club championship last summer and played this summer at the World Club Championships in South Korea. He has spoken openly about his desire to qualify for the second-tier Web.com Tour when his NHL playing days are finished.
For now, though, he’s a spectator, and nobody’s more excited than Wisniewski that Muirfield is playing host to the Presidents Cup this weekend. Last week at the Blue Jackets Foundation annual golf outing at Double Eagle Club in Galena, Wisniewski was the high bidder at $11,000 on a pass to walk inside the ropes on Sunday with the group of his choice.
“It was good for me,” Wisniewski said. “And it’s for a good cause.”
The Foundation raises money to fight pediatric cancer.
Wisniewski has become good friends with PGA Tour pro and Westerville resident Jason Day, a native Australian is playing for the International team this weekend.
All in line
Richards has stuck in practice with the No. 1 line that had so much success in the exhibition games: center Brandon Dubinsky between rookie left wing Boone Jenner and right wing Marian Gaborik.
The other forward lines, minus Boll, are new creations: Ryan Johansen between Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson, Artem Anisimov between Mark Letestu and Blake Comeau, and Derek MacKenzie between R.J. Umberger and Nick Foligno.