Werenski (abdomen) signed a six-year, $57.5 million extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
The deal, which runs through 2027-28, will keep the star blueliner with the Blue Jackets until he's 31 years old. Werenski's season ended early in 2020-21 as he required surgery on a sports hernia, but he still picked up 20 points in 35 contests. He's topped the 40-point mark in three of his five NHL seasons and should take on a leadership role as the Blue Jackets attempt to retool their roster in the next year or two.
Werenski is set to undergo surgery to address an inguinal/sports hernia and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 campaign. The 24-year-old blueliner has also been placed on injured reserve.
If Columbus was still in a good spot to make the playoffs Werenski may have continued to play through his injury, but the Blue Jackets have gone 2-7-1 in their last 10 contests, and they're currently in seventh place in the eight-team Central division with just 14 games remaining in the season. Werenski will finish the campaign having totaled seven goals and 20 points while posting a minus-9 rating in 35 games.
Werenski notched an assist and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Lightning.
Werenski had a shot attempt tipped in by Oliver Bjorkstrand at 10:49 of the second period. That gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead, and they never looked back. The 24-year-old Werenski finished March with 10 points in 14 contests, helping him to shake off a slow start to the year. He has 15 points, 68 shots, 33 blocked shots and a minus-8 rating in 30 games overall.
Werenski scored the game-winner in overtime and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Stars.
The 24-year-old blueliner has had a tough season so far, struggling to get going offensively between injuries, but Werenski was in the right place at the right time to scoop up the rebound on an Oliver Bjorkstrand shot and beat a scrambling Jake Oettinger with only five seconds left in OT. Werenski has a modest three-game point streak going, and Saturday's good fortune might have been just what he needed to start making up for lost time.
Werenski picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.
Remarkably, it's Werenski's first multi-point performance of the season, as injuries have contributed to his slow start. The blueliner has only one goal and seven points through 17 games, but now that he's healthy he's capable of ramping up his production in a hurry.
Werenski (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's clash with Chicago, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Werenski has missed Columbus' last four contests with a lower-body injury, but he'll return to his usual top-four role Thursday. The 24-year-old American has had a somewhat disappointing start to the season, having picked up just one goal and five points while posting a minus-7 rating through 13 games.
Werenski (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets.
Werenski will miss a fourth straight game Tuesday, and at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to return. Vladislav Gavrikov will likely continue to skate on Columbus' top pairing until Werenski's ready to return.
Werenski (lower body) remains out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Predators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
The 24-year-old has only been able to suit up for one of the Jackets' last seven games, continuing a disappointing start to his season. Werenski's next chance to rejoin the lineup will come Tuesday against Chicago.
Werenski (lower body) isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Predators, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Werenski aggravated the lower-body issue during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, and will miss his second straigh tgame. With the 24-year-old blueliner unavailable, Seth Jones will continue to quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit, with Michael Del Zotto staying in the lineup on the back end.
Werenski will not be in the lineup against Carolina on Monday after reinjuring his lower-body problem, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Werenski previously missed three games due to his lower-body issue before getting back into the lineup against the Blackhawks on Saturday, a game in which he registered his fourth assist of the year. With the 24-year-old blueliner unavailable, Seth Jones should quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit while Michael Del Zotto could be in line for increased minutes.
Werenski (lower body) collected an assist with two blocks and one shot in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago.
Werenski was back after a three-game absence and logged 22:26 of playing time, a total topped only by Seth Jones (24:52) among Columbus skaters. He also picked up an assist when his point shot in the second period was deflected by Cam Atkinson, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead. Werenski has one goal and four assists through 13 games, disappointing production considering his 20-goal, 21-assist campaign in 2019-20.
Werenski (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and will play in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Werenski is back in action after missing just three games. Barring any limitations, the 24-year-old should skate on the first defensive pairing and the first power-play unit. Prior to his injury, Werenski produced four points and 29 shots on net over 12 games, averaging 24:09 per contest.
Werenski (lower body) is set to return against the Blackhawks on Saturday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Werenski figures to rejoin Seth Jones on the first pairing after his three-game stint on the shelf due to his lower-body issue. Prior to getting hurt, the 24-year-old defenseman garnered one goal and three assists in his last seven contests while logging 23:49 of ice time per game. In order to suit up, Werenski will need to be activated off injured reserve.
Werenski (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Werenski is expected to miss 1-to-2 weeks, but he'll be eligible to return as soon as Feb. 11 against the Blackhawks. His absence leaves a massive hole on the blue line, as he's averaged 24:09 of ice time per game, including significant power-play time. Seth Jones likely will bump up to the top power-play unit for now, and Dean Kukan is slated to play on the first pairing for now.
Werenski (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's game against the Predators, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Werenski is "banged up," and it's uncertain when he'll be ready to return to action. This is a massive loss for the Blue Jackets' blue line, as Werenski has averaged 24:09 per game this season, adding four points and 29 shots on net over 12 games. Either Vladislav Gavrikov or Michael Del Zotto will bump up to the first pairing in Werenski's place.
Werenski says he plans to negotiate with the Blue Jackets on a long-term contract when he becomes a restricted free agent after the 2021-22 season, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
The fact that a player is open to a new deal normally wouldn't be news, but after Pierre-Luc Dubois forced a trade to Winnipeg without publicly providing a reason why, speculation developed that he wanted out Columbus because Werenski and Seth Jones -- who share an agent with Dubois -- already had one foot out the door themselves. Both defensemen, however, have since indicated that they are more than willing to negotiate new deals when their contracts are up after next season, a refreshing change for Jackets fans who have seen a parade of stars, including Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, head elsewhere in recent years.
Werenski notched a power-play helper and two shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.
Werenski had the secondary assist on Oliver Bjorkstrand's first-period tally. The start of 2020-21 has seen a brutal regression for Werenski after he posted 20 goals and 41 points while shooting 10.7 percent last year. This season, he has three points, 24 shots on goal, 10 blocked shots and a minus-5 rating through nine outings. He's reached 11 goals in all four of his NHL seasons, so there's no reason to think this will be a prolonged slump, but fantasy managers will have to be patient with the 24-year-old.
Werenski has yet to score a point through four games to begin the season.
It's not for lack of trying, as the 24-year-old blueliner has already fired 11 shots on net. The Jackets' offense as a whole has been sluggish, scoring a total of eight goals in those four games, and Werenski is far from alone in being a no-show so far. He'll look to shake off this early slump in the team's home opener Thursday against the Lightning.
Werenski (upper body) had a goal on two shots while adding three hits and two PIM in Sunday's 3-0 win over Toronto in Game 5.
Werenski left Game 4 with an undisclosed injury but was right back in the lineup Sunday after receiving apparently good news regarding an MRI. The 23-year-old opened the scoring just under seven minutes into the game when his point shot deflected off a Toronto defenseman and past goaltender Frederik Andersen. Werenski was able to log just under 23 minutes of ice time alongside Seth Jones on Columbus' top defensive pairing.
Werenski (upper body) will play in Sunday's Game 5 against the Maple Leafs, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Werenski underwent an MRI on Saturday after exiting Friday's Game 4 in the third period with an upper-body injury, but the results were clearly encouraging. The 23-year-old blueliner, who's picked up one assist and fired 14 shots on goal through the first four games of the series, will skate on Columbus' top pairing and first power-play unit Sunday.
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|04/08||vs TB||L 4-6||1||0||1||-2||23:14|
|04/06||vs TB||W 4-2||0||1||1||+1||21:02|
|04/04||@ FLA||L 0-3||0||0||0||0||23:33|
|04/03||@ FLA||L 2-5||1||0||1||-1||22:37|
|04/01||@ TB||L 2-3||1||1||2||+1||26:30|
|03/30||@ TB||W 3-1||0||1||1||+1||22:18|
|03/28||@ DET||L 1-4||0||0||0||-2||24:31|
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