It might seem like a strange time to do it, but the Columbus Blue Jackets announced they have placed veteran forward Brandon Dubinsky on long-term injured reserve.
The team, who hadn’t needed to place the forward on LTIR up until now, were forced into the roster move as the contract of Jack Roslovic, who the team acquired along with Patrik Laine Saturday in the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade, took effect today, meaning the team would have been over the salary cap by just over $100K if they didn’t move Dubinsky to LTIR.
Dubinsky hasn’t played since the 2019 playoffs as he’s been hampered with a chronic wrist injury and likely will never play again. He missed the entire 2019-20 season. The 34-year-old is in the final year of a six year, $35.1MM contract with a $5.85MM AAV. The veteran signed the extension after a 16-goal, 50-point season with 234 hits back in the 2013-14 season. The deal looked good for the first year or two, but the forward’s offense saw a decline after that, posting just six goals in his third and fourth years with just six goals each and spending most of his time in the bottom-six.