News: Coach Todd Richards said Thursday that Murray (ankle) has resumed skating, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Murray is closing in on the near end of his four-to-six week return timetable, and fully expects to play before the season draws to a close. It's not apparent when he might be cleared to take the next step in the process and practice with the team, but the fact that he hasn't hit any setbacks in his recovery thus far offers some encouragement.
News: Coach Todd Richards said Thursday that Calvert (concussion) is "making good progress," Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Of the several Blue Jackets players who are nursing injuries, Calvert appears the closest to returning. The team doesn't have a definitive return date in mind for him just yet, but if he's able to resume practicing within the next few days, an activation from IR could quickly follow.
News: Coach Todd Richards said that while Connauton (foot) has been ruled out from playing Friday against the Devils, he could be ready to go for Saturday's game against the Avalanche.
Impact: Connauton will sit out his fifth straight game Friday. The blueliner returned to the ice for practice Thursday, but probably needs at least one more session with the team before the coaching and training staff sign off on his placement in the lineup. Since Saturday's game will be the second in as many days for the Blue Jackets, it's likely the team will bypass a morning skate and not announce a verdict on Connauton's status for the contest until pregame warmups.
News: Bobrovsky will start Friday's game against New Jersey, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky, who allowed four goals on 32 shots in his return to action in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Caps, will look to help the Blue Jackets change their luck on Friday, as the team is in the midst of an 0-6-1 slide.
News: Coach Todd Richards relayed Thursday that Dubinsky will play Friday against New Jersey.
Impact: Dubinsky returned to practice Thursday, showing no adverse effects from the concussion that had kept him out of the previous three games. The forward, who has 22 points and 37 PIM in 34 games to date, is expected to slot in on the Jackets' third line, where he'll be joined by Artem Anisimov and Brian Gibbons.