The new NHL season hasn’t even started yet, and Columbus Blue Jackets already have problems piling up. The team’s general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told reporters on Wednesday that center Brandon Dubinsky is dealing with a wrist injury and will miss the start of the season.
According to Kekalainen, there is no timetable for Dubinsky’s return at the moment, and he will be out indefinitely. He also revealed that the issues the 33-year-old center is going through could be traced back to the wrist injury he had back in 2017.
“This has been bugging him for a long, long time” – Kekalainen told The Athletic. “It bugged him before the operation, and it bugged him after the operation. It’s been a nagging injury that’s been bugging him for years now.”
The player’s agent Kurt Overhardt followed up on the injury report, saying that Dubinsky could potentially be facing with a long term injury.
“Based on what the doctors are telling us, with the trauma to the wrist, this has the potential to be a long-term injury,” – said Overhardt.
Dubinsky played 61 games in NHL last season, scoring six goals and dishing 10 assists. He is under contract through 2020/21 and is currently the second highest-paid Blue Jackets’ player with a $5.85 million annual salary.