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In rare bit of good luck for Wisniewski, he should return Tuesday

Apr 2, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

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Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski is expected to return from his concussion on Tuesday, according to Columbus Dispatch writer Shawn Mitchell. That’s one of the few bright spots in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for Wisniewski.

After inking a five-year/$33 million with Columbus over the summer, Wisniewski was suspended for eight regular season games after he hit Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck in the head during a preseason contest. By the time he returned, the Blue Jackets were already 0-7-1. He also ended up missing time because of a broken left ankle, groin problems, and roughly two weeks because of the concussion. At this point, he’s only played in 45 of Columbus’ 79 contests this season.

That’s to say nothing of the fact that when he signed with the Blue Jackets, they were selling themselves as a franchise on the cusp of making the playoffs. Although they missed the postseason by 16 points in 2010-11, they thought that by adding Wisniewski, Vaclav Prospal, Jeff Carter, they could reverse their fortunes. Instead they did even worse in 2011-12. The face of their franchise and biggest star Rick Nash is interested in being traded and now it looks like Wisniewski will be part of a lengthy rebuilding effort.

  1. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    In even better news for wisniewski, Columbus’ season ends in less than a week.

  2. east96st - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Yet another example of why CBJ is the worse run team in the NHL. You overpaid to get the guy to build up your defense. In fairness, he shown some flashes when healthy. He had a CONCUSSION and you are in LAST PLACE! Why bring him back for three completely meaningless games and risk him getting hurt and/or another concussion? Nothing at this point will give Columbus a chance at the playoffs or change it’s draft position. Let him get 100% healthy and start from scratch next year. This year was lost long ago. No need and no point in putting anyone who has been hurt onto the ice for three meaningless games. Just plain stupidity.

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