Ryan Murray is ahead of schedule after undergoing shoulder surgery in mid-January.
The Blue Jackets first round pick and second overall in the 2012 Draft, is in good shape to be ready for the Blue Jackets development camp in the summer. This is great news for the Blue Jackets as they hope Murray will crack their lineup out of training camp although he may need more time as he missed most of last season.
Boone Jenner has been making a good impression with Springfield of the AHL.
"To me, he's an improved player from what I saw at the end of last season (five games)," coach Brad Larsen said. "And I liked what I saw last year. He's just grown a lot. He's a confidence player, a big strong player. His speed has improved, and that's the No. 1 thing I've recognized. He's not lightning-fast. He'll never be that guy. But he's such a hard worker, and he's got enough speed to be where he needs to be." Jenner has two goals and an assist in six playoff games. He was a stud with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL this season as he had 45 goals and 82 points in 57 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky is looking to sign a new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bobrovsky is coming off his best season to date and is the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie. "A new deal could be done this week, or it could be done in August," club president John Davidson said. "You just don't know with these things, but there's a deal to be made there, and it'll get done. We have an affinity for Bob, and Bob likes Columbus." Bobrovsky was outstanding this season as he led the Blue Jackets to the verge of the playoffs after everyone thought they would be the worst team in the NHL. He was 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
Marian Gaborik had successful abdominal surgery Thursday.
He will require 3-4 weeks to heal and is expected to spend most of that time in Columbus. Gaborik should be OK in time for training camp after he had a "mesh patch," that was put in place during a sports hernia procedure he had in 2001, adjusted.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was naturally pleased to hear that Sergei Bobrovsky had been nominated for the Vezina Trophy.
"This great news for a lot of different reasons," Richards said. "I'm really happy for Bob because I know the time and effort he put into it. And from a team sense, it's great to have things like this happen because it validates a lot of the really good things this team accomplished this season. You're disappointed you didn't make the playoffs, but when a guy gets singled out for an award like this, it shows that people recognize the good things that happened for us." Bobrovsky should be considered the frontrunner for the award after posting a 2.00 GAA and .932 save percentage in 38 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky released a statement after being selected as a Vezina Trophy finalist.
"It is a great honor to be a finalist for this award, but I need to thank my teammates and coaches as it would not be possible without them," Bobrovsky said. "I just tried to work hard and get better every day and help the Blue Jackets win games. We missed the playoffs by one point, but it was a good year and I will just try to keep getting better because our goal is to win the Stanley Cup." If Bobrovsky is capable of staying at the elite level he was at during March and April, then anything is possible for the Blue Jackets. Before they get too far ahead of themselves though, they have to re-sign the soon-to-be restricted free agent.