Laine injury derails Gaudreau’s Blue Jackets debut

RALEIGH, N.C. — Johnny Gaudreau will have in mind his first recreation with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The ahead may not need to relive it.

— Zero issues in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Wednesday.

— An upper-body injury to ahead Patrik Laine lower than seven mins into the second one length that burnt up the chemistry he, Gaudreau and middle Boone Jenner had been beginning to create on their two earlier shifts.

— Lines that went right into a blender after Laine, Columbus’ lone goal-scorer, left the sport, leaving Gaudreau questioning who he was once going over the forums with for each shift. He performed with two other facilities and 3 other proper wings after Laine left.

“Yeah, I mean, it [stinks],” Gaudreau mentioned. “You never want someone to get hurt, but you’re on a new team, you’re building chemistry with your linemates, you think you had a good camp and then you’re not playing together the middle of the second period. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious, but I thought we were playing well and then the game kind of slipped away from us.”

Blue Jackets trainer Brad Larsen did not have an additional replace on Laine’s standing after the sport, however it sort of feels not going he’s going to be able to move of their house opener towards the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

Laine’s proper arm gave the impression to get stuck sandwiched in between Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce and the forums, bending awkwardly on the elbow. He completed his shift with 13:15 closing in the second one length and the sport tied 1-1, got here again to the bench and after being checked out by means of a teacher headed off to the locker room and not returned.

The Hurricanes scored the following 3 objectives, together with two on 20 photographs in a 3rd length that they ruled sufficient to ship the Blue Jackets again to the drafting board after a coaching camp that was once brimming with hope about what Laine and Gaudreau can do in combination.

“It’s just disappointment,” Larsen mentioned. “It’s not frustration. That’s a wasted emotion. Unfortunately, I think they were building something there, they had a couple good looks, they finished on one and then that’s hockey. You can’t sit and feel sorry for yourself. Now we’ll move forward, see where it goes.”

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One loss, even with the injury to Laine, without a doubt mustn’t do away with the optimism that has engulfed the Blue Jackets since Gaudreau selected them as an unrestricted loose agent on July 13, signing a seven-year, $68.25 million contract.

He arrived with fanfare and hype as a participant who may just alternate the narrative about Columbus and the Blue Jackets, making it a marketplace different loose brokers must additionally need to cross to, a group that has a promising long run after successful one postseason sequence in its first 21 seasons.

Gaudreau, who had 115 issues (40 objectives, 75 assists) with the Calgary Flames closing season, then were given thru coaching camp smartly, having a look excellent with Laine and Jenner.

“He’s fitting in with our group on and off the ice,” Jenner mentioned.

He even turned into a father on Sept. 30, when his spouse, Meredith, gave delivery to Noa, a toddler lady who was once already decked out in a Blue Jackets’ onesie in a photograph the group posted on its Twitter account on Oct. 3.

But lower than two weeks later right here comes this bout with adversity; it may not be the closing he faces with the Blue Jackets this season or during the process his seven-year contract, however that it took place lower than midway thru his first recreation is a kick within the pants.

And it is not going to get any more straightforward.

The Lightning come to Columbus on Friday. The Blue Jackets play on the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Nine of the Blue Jackets’ first 11 video games are towards groups that made the playoffs closing season, together with a back-to-back towards the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in Tampere, Finland as a part of the 2022 NHL Global Series on Nov. 4 and 5.

“It’s definitely for real,” Gaudreau mentioned. “That first game, obviously it was nice to get it out of the way, but I wanted to get off on the right foot, the right start and get a win. We didn’t do that. Going back home it’s an important game for us. We don’t want to start the season 0-2. We have to play two really good teams coming up here in Tampa and St. Louis. We need to win that home game.”

Larsen is not making plans so as to add to the force that Gaudreau is already striking on himself. He understands it is going to take time for Gaudreau to get settled after taking part in the primary 602 video games of his NHL profession with the Flames.

“The fact that he’s got a new child, nobody really talks about that,” Larsen mentioned. “Everyone is high-fiving him, but we know what that entails. If you’re a parent, it’s a lot. There’s the human element to that too, the change in cities. It’s going to take probably more than one game to go, ‘Yeah, I feel comfortable here,’ but Johnny has been adapting just fine. He’s doing great and we’ll move forward.”

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