Last year, the Blue Jackets' management and coaches walked away from the annual owners tournament grim-faced with worry about defenseman Kris Russell's sprained knee.

This year, they seemed only slightly less worried.

Center Jeff Carter, the first of the Blue Jackets' major offseason acquisitions, suffered a bruised right foot when he was struck by a Rick Nash shot in one of the preliminary games of the owners tournament.

He did not play in the consolation game.