If you thought the Pittsburgh Penguins had it bad with injuries this season, imagine being a fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
With six Blue Jackets already on the shelf with injuries ranging from groin, to back, to knee, to triceps, Jeremy Morin is joining the other players already on injured reserve with what the team is simply calling an upper body injury. Morin’s injury may be a bit more serious, however.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that Morin was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital during the second intermission of the Blue Jackets Tuesday victory over the Washington Capitals. Morin, 23, told staff during the intermission that he felt as if he had an accelerated heart rate.
On Wednesday, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told Portzline that Morin’s resting heart rate, “wasn’t going down,” at the time he was taken to hospital.
“It’s nothing serious,” Kekalainen continued. “I’m not sure if he’s going to need further tests or not, but everything was fine. His heart rate calmed while he was being tested at the hospital.”
Kekalainen added that he expected Morin to be released from hospital on Wednesday. Initially it was believed the young winger would be put on injured reserve as a precaution, but, after being held overnight as a precaution, it was announced yesterday that he will be out indefinitely.
Morin, who has one goal and three points in 17 games with the Blue Jackets, was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 14. He joins goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, defenseman Ryan Murray, wingers Nathan Horton, Brian Gibbons, Boone Jenner and center Artem Anisimov on the IR.