“I was feeing real good. I was doing pregame skates with the taxi squad and doing some drills, and slowly I was feeling pretty good,” Bertuzzi said. “Then we were starting to amp it up, and in Carolina I did a bag skate to get my cardio up and I felt good during it. But as soon as I got off (the ice), 30 minutes later, my back seized up on me again and that was the setback right there.
Arguably the more important story here is the talk that Jonathan Bernier told the press he’d prefer to stay in Detroit.
“We share a passion for hockey,” Kekalainen said. “We watch hockey all day. It’s a lifestyle. We have many discussions in the office. We’ve had several conversations already. He’s well informed already. These conversations go on every day, or several times a day these last two or three days. He’s an experienced voice in that conversation now.”
Blue shirts to Blue Jackets pipeline strong.