Joonas Korpisalo To Miss Start Of Training Camp With Lower-Body Injury

By Jacob Nitzberg on September 23, 2021 at 10:35 am
Apr 4, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) blocks the puck against the Florida Panthers during the second period at BB&T Center.
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It's been a busy couple of days if you're a Blue Jackets goaltender.

On Tuesday, the Blue Jackets announced a five-year, $27 million contract extension for Elvis Merzlikins. 

Today, the club announced that Joonas Korpisalo would miss the start of training camp due to a lower-body injury. The Blue Jackets deemed his status as day-to-day. 

This morning, the Blue Jackets added goaltender Evan Moyse to the training camp roster. Moyse, an Ohio State graduate, played in the SPHL and ECHL this past season. The full list of goaltenders on the training camp roster is below: 

  • Elvis Merzlikins 
  • Joonas Korpisalo (injured)
  • Jean-Francois Berube 
  • Emerik Despatie 
  • Cam Johnson
  • Daniil Tarasov 
  • Jet Greaves 
  • Evan Moyse 

Of the players on that list, Berube is the only one besides Merzlikins and Korpisalo to have experience at the NHL level. He's 9-10-4 in his NHL career with a 3.39 GAA and .898 save percentage, which isn't great. If Korpisalo misses an extended amount of time, it'll be interesting to see which way the Blue Jackets go in terms of determining a backup for Merzlikins. 

22-year-old Daniil Tarasov would be in the mix, and Cam Johnson dressed as the backup multiple times last season, but it's hard to imagine any of the other goaltenders making a serious case to make the roster. The free-agent market is slim at this point in the year, so it's likely the Blue Jackets would seek to promote from within.

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