If anybody thought the Blue Jackets season wasn’t going bad enough, they have now lost one of their top defensemen in Zach Werenski. This comes on the same day where the same news was announced about forward, Bobby Ryan. Werenski will be having surgery to repair his abdominal hernia and this will be a massive loss for the Blue Jackets. Remember just last year, Zach Werenski led all defensemen in goals with 20.
This season has been less productive for the defenseman goal-wise as he holds seven through the 35 games played so far this season. Also this year, his plus-minus is -9 compared to last year’s +9. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Last year the Blue Jackets were shot to oblivion with injuries and it was at that point that they started to succeed more. Perhaps John Tortorella is just better with getting more out of less in those types of situations. In any normal world though, losing Zach Werenski would be a significant blow for a team.
So despite initially looking horrible, there is a chance the Blue Jackets could make something out of this situation. Considering the division they are in, if they wish to make the playoffs, they need to start winning now. This could also have implications for the trade deadline.
Nick Foligno is potentially being traded at the deadline and they could get a defenseman for him to help fill the hole the now sits where Zach Werenski was. John Tortorella’s job may be on the line here and if the Blue Jackets don’t make the playoffs this season, he could be fired from the head coaching job. If he cares about sticking around in Columbus this may be another all-in year just like 2019 was. In short, it might not affect the Blue Jackets as much as some may anticipate but is unfortunate for him nonetheless.
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