After missing time earlier this season for a hit he put on another player, this time Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman James Wisniewski’s extended absence will be due to a hit he took — from the puck.
The injury caused by the puck hitting Wisniewski earlier this week will be a time-consuming one.
While he will not require surgery, the team announced he will miss at least six weeks due to the injury sustained in a win over the Dallas Stars.
Wisniewski isn’t expected to be able to put enough weight on the leg to walk on it for at least two weeks and will then get a walking boot, the team said.
He missed time earlier this year, though that was not injury-related. He was suspended for the season’s first eight games for a hit on the Minnesota Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck.
Wisniweski has scored two goals and passed for 15 assists in 29 games. This is the first year of a six-year deal he signed last summer worth a reported $33 million.
Jagr: Winter Classic should top Red Square
Jaromir Jagr didn’t quite enjoy his time in another marquee outdoor event in another country, but expects he will have a different experience playing in his first NHL Winter Classic for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Playing in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) All-Star Game in 2009, Jagr enjoyed the spectacle of playing in Moscow’s Red Square.
Or, not so much, he told NHL.com.
“In Russia I wasn’t really happy about that game,” Jagr told the website. “Not much fans, it was minus-40 (degrees). ... Who would go watch hockey in minus-40? You’d have to be a crazy fan.”
Jagr did appreciate the history of skating in Red Square, but he said the practicalities of the situation took away from the experience, since it was not a site that could sustain an ice rink for long, which made the ice not “very good.”
Jagr has higher expectations for the Flyers’ Winter Classic matchup against the New York Rangers at Citzens Bank Park on Jan. 2.
There is not expected to be a dearth of fans as attendance is anticipated to be nearly 50,000 for the outdoor battle between the bitter rivals.
Jagr said he expects the crowd to be as overwhelming in Philadelphia as the sparse Moscow crowd, turned away by the freezing temperatures, was underwhelming.
“I think everything is going to be a lot better, for sure,” he told NHL.com.
Reeling Sabres now without Erhoff
If they didn’t already have enough issues recently, the Buffalo Sabres were set to begin what’s expected to be a weeks-long stretch without defenseman Christian Erhoff, against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Erhoff, who sustained an upper-body injury during a fight with the Washington Captials’ Troy Brouwer during Friday night’s game, is expected to be out for at least a few weeks.
“He’s going to miss some time,” coach Lindy Ruff told reporters.
The Sabres were 2-6-1 in their last nine and just 1-5 in their last six games, entering Saturday’s game against Ottawa (18-15-5).
Erhoff had three goals and 10 assists for the Sabres, in the first year of a 10-year deal worth a reported $40 million.
The Sabres were already missing several players due to injury.