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Huselius accuses the Blue Jackets of breaking his groin

Aug 23, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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Former Blue Jackets winger Kristian Huselius is accusing his old team of forcing him back into action before he was fit to play and indirectly causing a groin tear that kept him out the last 55 games of the season.

Via the Columbus Dispatch, here’s what the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent had to say (translated) to Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet:

“I had not a single practice with the team before coming back (from a torn pectoral). I had one game to get acclimated. Then I went into (the next) NHL game and played 21 minutes. I think they acted wrong against me. My groin broke in the second game. I had not built up muscle mass and was not fit or ready to play.

“Columbus was in a vulnerable position and was out of playoffs. Perhaps it was this situation that made that they wanted to bet everything on one card.”

Huselius actually played 19:27 in his first game back, on Dec. 2 in Edmonton. He only lasted 12:57 of his next outing, in Montreal, during which he suffered the groin injury.

He’s apparently refusing to return the Blue Jackets’ calls this summer, which leads one to believe he won’t be back in Columbus next season if he’s healthy enough to play.

And if he is healthy enough to play, he says it could be in Sweden.

Update: Blue Jackets respond…

  1. davebabychreturns - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Perhaps this is a lesson about taking the biggest offer you can get in free agency – when it’s coming from a mickey mouse organization and they are paying you like a core player, then the odds are that at some point they are going to be desperate for you to actually live up to that salary (second highest among BJs forwards last year).

    It’s little wonder the BJs leaned on Huselius so hard coming back from an injury, they were in dire straits at that point and their season was going right into the toilet barring a huge turnaround.

    If a guy doesn’t want to be treated like a key part of a team then he should probably be signing for less or signing with winning teams that boast better depth, where he can be more comfortable in relative obscurity.

  2. bzarcher - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Just to point out, the injury Huselius claims was “rushed” (and it’s arguable) was a torn pectoral. In case you failed anatomy, that’s your chest / shoulder.

    How this caused him to injure his groin is a very interesting question, unless the real story here is that the team trusted him to handle his non-rehab workouts appropriately and he didn’t.

    Also, documentation that Huselius was taking part in practices as early as November Second.

  3. east96st - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    As a former season ticket holder, I want to go on record as saying spending my evenings watching the Blue Jackets made it feel like they were breaking my groin, too. As for Huselius, your GM is Scott “a brain damaged chimp could do my job better” Howson. What the f**k did you expect? The guy could tell me the sky is blue and I would still get a second opinion just because the odds of Howson making a correct decision makes Powerball look like a sure thing.

    • cannonblast14 - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      He really only made a few terrible mistakes, most of which after he created a good team.

  4. Doesnotmatter - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    I’m sure his paycheck was always on time.

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