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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