|Princess Morgan Delivers a Critical Message to Obi Wan Dubinsky|
Then comes the news from the team that Nathan Horton is hobbled by a bad back. Long time Blue Jacket Fans remember well how awesome Freddy Modin was (a heavy player), but he had back spasms that 3 months later were diagnosed as fractured (more like cracked) vertebrae. I've gotta tell you that's what's on my mind, because Modin never really seemed to recover from that injury. Horton should take the time to make sure he's good and healthy before he returns. Don't rush it!! In some ways, this is a normal course of events when someone is returning from something major like the shoulder injury. Other injuries crop up with regularity in these situations. Get well Horton.
A good solid start would have really helped this team towards the goal of repeating in the playoffs. At this point a .500 record going into December seems like a faint hope. Another slow start. Sigh. As my buddy Bill always says, these seasons never turn out the way you think they will. Right now, it looks like they are back to clawing their way into things again, coming from behind. The good news is that the young talent kicked some serious butt at the Traverse City tournament, winning the tournament for the first time since 2006. Josh Anderson is a player to really watch with Horton starting the year injured. It might be hard to deny him. Needless to say Wennberg will at least get a look in pre-season on the top line with Joey holding out.
But, getting back to the initial subject of this post, who will make the All Star team? Brandon Dubinsky has the name recognition to do it, but he needs to be on a real tear to start the season. Which this team could really use at this point.
We need a player in the All Star Game!
You're our only hope, Obi Wan Dubinsky!!