The Columbus Blue Jackets are having a difficult time of it lately.
Jackets coach Todd Richards revealed Tuesday that defenseman James Wisniewski will be out for an extended period of time with a broken bone in his foot. The injury was sustained in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Wisniewski was visibly limping after the game and the Jackets recalled blueliner Cody Goloubef from AHL Springfield on Monday. "Cody's come up and he's done a good job. He'll have to fill in, and we trust that he can, based on his last experience here," said Richards.
There is no specific timetable for when the 29 year old will return from the injury, only that "he's going to be out over an extended period of time," according to Richards.
This injury is the latest in a string of setbacks for Wisniewski, who signed a mega $33 million, six-year deal in 2011. Earlier this month he was out eight games with a concussion sustained by a terrible slam against the end boards. Last year he received an eight game suspension in the preseason and has since missed 26 more games because of a broken ankle, concussions, and groin injury.
Without Wisniewski, the Jackets' prospects of getting to the playoff this season are limited and fading. He is third on the team in scoring with three goals, six assists, and averages 23:32 a night. He joins a list of wounded included Jack Johnson, Brandon Dubinsky, and Artem Anisimov.
Richards feels that there are more opportunities for other players to step up. "There's more ice time for guys here. Guys are going to be thrust into some different roles. We trust those guys. The forwards are going to have to do a good job in supporting those guys," Richards commented.
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