Goloubef (jaw) will return to the lineup Tuesday against Minnesota. Goloubef has not played since Nov. 22, but will be in the lineup against the Wild, coach John Tortorella confirmed. Not exactly an offensive juggernaut, the 26-year-old is a key defensive player on the Columbus blue line.
Goloubef (jaw) is expected to gain clearance to rejoin the lineup Monday against the Wild, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Goloubef practiced Monday and was part of the team's pairings, and it sounds as though he should rejoin the lineup assuming he gains medical clearance as expected. In his return, the blueliner will be paired with Jack Johnson.
Goloubef (jaw) was on the ice at practice, Rob Mixer of NHL.com reports. Goloubef has missed the Blue Jackets last 17 games. The 26-year-old registered five points in 16 games before getting hurt while averaging over 15 minutes per night in ice time. While there is no set timetable for his return, the blueliner participating in practice is a good sign.
Goloubef (jaw) was placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday by the Blue Jackets, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. This comes as no surprise, as Goloubef will need time for his broken jaw sustained Nov. 20 in a game against the Predators to heal. The 25-year-old defenseman had been playing on the second defensive pairing for Columbus, and Kevin Connauton could draw into the lineup in his place.
Goloubef is out indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered in Friday's game. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that Goloubef will miss an indeterminate amount of time given the injury. The team should provide a clearer picture of his status as he gets closer to rejoining the lineup.
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