Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski out 'extended period' with broken foot

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Wisniewski is going to be out a while. Oof. (Getty Images)
Wisniewski is going to be out a while. (Getty Images)

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Nothing ever seems to go right for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now defenseman James Wisniewski is going to be out for an extended amount of time once again, this time for breaking a bone in his foot.

Jackets coach Todd Richards revealed the information Tuesday, saying the broken bone in his foot was something he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The timetable on a return isn't specific, just that he'll be out "an extended period of time."

So, Jarmo Kekalainen, welcome to general managing the Blue Jackets!

This season is already a loss for the Blue Jackets. We knew coming in that they weren't going to sniff playoff position once again. Still, the Blue Jackets are paying Wisniewski big money and, of course, they still want to win, so it's nothing but a bad break (pun not intended).

It must be frustrating for Kekalainen, who just took over as GM this month. He has a lot of work to do and was presumably going to use this season to evaluate the team he inherited and see what he can do. Obviously, Wisniewski is a major part of the team as it is currently constructed, so getting fewer games to see how Wisniewski is working out is tough for him.

Still, Kekalainen remains sure the final 30 games are enough for him to make a good judgment on his team.

It's been rough for Wiz ever since he signed that six-year contract with the Blue Jackets before last season. His start was delayed when he was handed an eight-game suspension in the preseason last year. By the time he stepped on the ice, the Blue Jackets were pretty much already eliminated from the playoffs.

He missed more time with a broken ankle, a concussion and other issues. He sat a couple of games earlier this season after sustaining another concussion with a vicious slam against the end boards. In other words, things just haven't been going his way.

This season Wisniewski has three goals to go with six assists. With Jack Johnson on the sidelines, too, the Jackets are really hurting for offense from the blue line, something Wisniewski is best at providing.

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