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Wisniewski injury a huge loss for Blue Jackets

The Sports Xchange

It's been a season of bad breaks for the Blue Jackets. That statement has taken a literal turn now, too.

Defenseman James Wisniewski, one of the Blue Jackets' big offseason acquisitions, suffered a broken left ankle when he was struck by a fired puck during Thursday's 4-1 win in Dallas.

Wisniewski is expected to miss at least six weeks.

"Boom. That was the sound," Wisniewski told The Columbus Dispatch. "I saw it coming and said, 'This is going to hurt.' And it hurt. Jeff Carter, he was next to me, and he said you could hear it hit bone. It sounded nasty."

The Blue Jackets did not fare well when Wisniewski was out of the lineup earlier this season. While he served an eight-game NHL suspension at the start of the season for a preseason clash with Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck, the Jackets went 0-7-1.

In Saturday's 4-2 loss to Washington -- their first game since Wisniewski's injury -- the Blue Jackets played Grant Clitsome in Wisniewski's old spot, beside rookie John Moore. Columbus next faces the Sharks in San Jose on Thursday.

Wisniewski signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Blue Jackets on July 1 after Columbus acquired his rights in a trade with Montreal. He has two goals, 15 assists and a minus-18 rating in 29 games.

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