Blue Jackets injury updates Jenner Laine Kuraly Werenski

The Blue Jackets limped to the finish line of the 2021-22 season.

For the final game Friday in Pittsburgh, forwards Sean Kuraly, Boone Jenner, Patrik Laine and Alexandre Texier were out of the lineup with injuries, as were defenders Adam Boqvist, Zach Werenski and Nick Blankenburg in addition to goaltenders Daniil Tarasov and Joonas Korpisalo. In total, the Jackets lost 362 man games to injury over the course of the season.

For Brad Larsen, though he was disappointed the Jackets were out of the playoffs, there was a silver lining in the fact that his team wasn’t trying to make a late push for the playoffs with a banged-up roster.

“If this was a playoff race and you’re losing the caliber of guys we were losing, that would’ve been real frustrating,” Larsen said. “It would’ve been devastating. But that’s a part of hockey. Everybody goes through it. I saw teams just this last week that are losing key guys. I’m sure they’re saying the same thing and they’re going into the first round of the playoffs. Unfortunately, in this business, it’s hard to stay healthy. “

At the final media availability of the season on Saturday, many players provided updates on their health heading into the offseason.

Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner doesn’t expect back injury to limit his offseason training

Jenner essentially pulled himself out of the lineup after a game against the Minnesota Wild on March 11, telling Larsen that his back injury had become too painful to play through. He was placed on injured reserve and didn’t play again for the rest of the season. At the time of the injury, Jenner led the Jackets in both goals and points, and was on pace for the second 30-goal season of his career and a career-high in points.

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