Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 16 Days

Dubinsky underwent abdominal surgery Wednesday and will be out for approximately six weeks.

Dubinsky's mysterious placement on injured reserve Tuesday finally has a concrete explanation behind it, as it appears the forward might have suffered the injury over the weekend. While the Blue Jackets are fortunate to have Ryan Johansen (contract dispute) back in the fold for Thursday's season opener, the absences of top-six forwards Dubinsky, Boone Jenner and Nathan Horton will force the team to rely on an armada of rookies to keep the offense humming in the early going.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 17 Days

The Blue Jackets placed Dubinsky (lower body) on injured reserve on Tuesday, and he is out indefinitely, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

The news keeps getting worse for Dubinsky, who has gone from "nicked up" to "out indefinitely" in the span of a couple hours. The Blue Jackets have not provided any other details regarding Dubinsky's injury, so it's difficult to offer an accurate estimated return date at this point.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 17 Days

Dubinsky will not play in Thursday's season opener due to a lower body injury, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

The nature of Dubinsky's setback is uncertain, but it prevented him from practicing Tuesday, and will keep him off the ice for Thursday's opener. Dubinsky is considered day-to-day, so he could be able to play in the Blue Jackets' second regular season game Saturday.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 17 Days

Dubinsky did not take part in Tuesday's practice due to an injury, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Head coach Todd Richards said Dubinsky is simply "nicked up," so the setback does not appear serious at first glance. However, it's not clear what type of injury he is dealing with, or if it puts his availability for Thursday's season opener in question. Expect an update on Dubinsky's status as more details become available.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 3 Months

It sounds like re-signing Brandon Dubinsky was a relatively painless process for both sides.

"They called us on July 1," Dubinsky said. "We called them back on July 2. Everybody enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend and we hammered it out this week. They made a generous offer. We countered, but we came to an agreement pretty quickly. It was a good situation, and there wasn't really a bad moment with it." Dubinsky inked a six-year, $35.1 million extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets that will start with the 2015-16 campaign. He's one of the Blue Jackets' leaders and now that he's locked up, he might start the 2014-15 campaign as their captain.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 3 Months

It sounds like re-signing Brandon Dubinsky was a relatively painless process for both sides.

"They called us on July 1," Dubinsky said. "We called them back on July 2. Everybody enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend and we hammered it out this week. They made a generous offer. We countered, but we came to an agreement pretty quickly. It was a good situation, and there wasn't really a bad moment with it." Dubinsky inked a six-year, $35.1 million extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets that will start with the 2015-16 campaign. He's one of the Blue Jackets' leaders and now that he's locked up, he might start the 2014-15 campaign as their captain.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 3 Months

Brandon Dubinsky has inked a six-year, $35.1 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Dubinsky had one season left on his four-year, $16.8 million deal before he would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. His new contract comes with a no-movement clause. Dubinsky will continue to provide the Blue Jackets with a blend of physical play and skill. He had 18 goals, 50 points, and 98 penalty minutes in 76 games last season.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 6 Months

Brandon Dubinsky had minor surgery on his ankle.

It apparently wasn't anything structural. Dubinsky recorded one goal and five assists in Round 1's playoff loss to Pittsburgh.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 6 Months

After challenging the Pittsburgh Penguins throughout the first round, Brandon Dubinsky is upbeat about the Blue Jackets going forward.

Columbus was eliminated in Game 6, but not before they scored three unanswered goals in the third period to nearly overcome the Penguins' 4-0 edge. "This isn't how anybody in this room wanted this to end," Dubinsky said. "All 27 of us believed we could beat that team, and we still feel that way. I want to play them again tomorrow, but I know that's not possible. We came a long way. We grew a lot as a team. We didn't go anywhere near as far as we wanted to go, but I can say it and mean it: I'm proud of these guys, and I'm excited as (heck) for the future here." Dubinsky had a goal and six points in six games in the playoffs.

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 6 Months

Brandon Dubinsky, who has played well in defending Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby during the Blue Jackets' first-round playoff series against the Penguins, missed Friday's team practice.

No worries about him playing Saturday in Pittsburgh, though. The Blue Jackets said Dubinsky was simply sitting out for maintenance reasons.