Blue Jackets notebook Commodore out with thumb injury

Dateline: ST. PAUL, Minn.

Blue
Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore
wasn’t a healthy scratch from Friday’s home opener, after all.

Later in the day Friday, after
Blue
Jackets coach Scott Arniel had
explained that Commodore was being scratched to get more speed in
the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks, the defenseman
complained about soreness in his left hand. An X-ray revealed a
“chip fracture” of the thumb.

“I did it early in the first San Jose game,” the season opener,
Commodore said. “It wasn’t in the fight (with Sharks winger Ryane
Clowe), but I’m pretty sure that didn’t help. It was sore and it
was swollen, but I didn’t think it was broken. I probably should
have said something, but I thought it was just a soft-tissue
(injury). I just kept playing.”

Commodore missed the game last night against the Minnesota Wild
and said there’s no timetable for his return. It depends, he said,
on when the pain subsides so that he can crash and bang in front of
the net and in the corners.

Stralman hurt

The
Blue
Jackets played without defenseman
Anton Stralman last night, too.

Stralman was injured on his third shift of the third period
against Chicago when he was checked awkwardly near the penalty box.
He didn’t play in the final 12 minutes of the game.

“It kind of looked like an innocent play, but he wasn’t feeling
too great right after it happened,” Arniel said. “He’s not as bad
as we first thought. He felt better this morning. … Hopefully,
it’ll be just a few days. If he gets some strength back, he can get
back in there.”

Stralman had been playing with Jan Hejda on the No. 1 defensive
pair and directing the No. 1 power-play unit.

He was replaced on both fronts last night by Kris Russell.

Guenin recalled

To fill the void on the blue line, the
Blue
Jackets recalled former Ohio State
player Nate Guenin on an emergency basis from minor-league
Springfield.

Guenin, 27, was one of the final cuts in training camp. He
played for Springfield on Friday in Providence, R.I., then caught
an early-morning flight to join the
Blue
Jackets.

“I walked into the rink about 11:15 (15 minutes before the
morning skate), said ‘hey’ to the guys and got dressed,” Guenin
said. “It’s great to be back here. I know I can play at this
level.”

Slap shot

Only 10 players who were in uniform for the
Blue
Jackets and Wild during their
inaugural season in 2000-01 are still in the NHL: Ray Whitney
(Phoenix), Jody Shelley (Philadelphia), Mathieu Darche (Montreal)
and Rostislav Klesla (
Blue
Jackets) played for Columbus.
Marian Gaborik (N.Y. Rangers), Filip Kuba (Ottawa), Sean O’Donnell
(Philadelphia), Willie Mitchell (Los Angeles), Andy Sutton
(Anaheim) and Pascal Dupuis (Pittsburgh) were members of the
Wild.

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