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Brassard likely gone for the season from Jackets

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BlueJacketsXtra.com wrote Injury to Jackets’ Brassard likely will end his season 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

By Aaron Portzline

The Blue Jackets were hoping for the best but expecting the worst with regard to center Derick Brassard’s dislocated right shoulder. It appears they’ve learned the worst.

Brassard is likely facing season-ending surgery after a magnetic resonance imaging test yesterday morning revealed a “substantial injury,” according to sources.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said the club hasn’t signed off on surgery just yet, that a decision will be made after Brassard is seen by Dr. Anthony Miniaci today at Cleveland Clinic.

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This is really bad news for the Jackets — not that they were especially in the thick of the playoff race, but with Brassard out, they’re back to converted winger R.J. Umberger as their top center. And Brassard was definitely in the race for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. Would have been nice to see a CBJ player win a major league award (although Steve Mason may be in contention as well).

On the bright side, it’s not the same shoulder he injured in junior a couple years ago, so hopefully this isn’t going to be a career-limiting thing.

And hopefully this will teach Brassard not to drop the gloves any time again soon…

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