Columbus Blue Jackets saddened the fans with the news that one of the players, more precisely Alexander Texier, will not be available for the next season. His contract lasts for another year, and he will not be paid after the season starts.
This decision was made by his team and the NHL/NHL Players Association Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program. "Blue Jackets announce Alexander Texier, on the advice and recommendation of the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, will not join the team this season and be allowed to sign a 1-year contract in Europe."
Stephen Whyno wrote on Twitter. Texier thanked everyone for their support, but he made this decision after personal issues. It seems that a rest is necessary at this moment. “During the past year, I have experienced some personal issues and challenges and I feel I need to be close to my family at this time.
I have love and respect for the city of Columbus, the Blue Jackets, and the fans as everyone has always treated me first-class. I truly appreciate the support, help, and empathy I have received from team management, the coaching staff, doctors, trainers, and my teammates.
This was a hard decision, but it is the best one for me right now”.
Jarmo Kekalaine on Alexander Texier: We will continue to support him
Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalaine supported his player and believes that his mental health is the most important right now He said, “Alexandre Texier and I recently had a very long conversation in which he indicated to me that he was not ready to resume his career in the NHL at this time.
While we are disappointed ‘Tex’ will not be joining us for the 2022-23 season as we anticipated, his mental health and well-being remain our top priority and we will continue to support him in any way we can”.
We hope that he will recover successfully and be ready.