Blue Jackets defenceman Wisniewski expected to miss 6 weeks with broken ankle

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman James Wisniewski will miss six weeks after taking a puck to the inside of his left ankle while blocking a shot in Thursday’s 4-1 win at Dallas.

He will not require surgery, but won’t be able to even walk on that leg for at least two weeks before getting a walking boot.

Wisniewski signed a six-year, US$33-million contract on July 1 and has two goals and 15 assists in 29 games. He was suspended for the first eight games of the season for a hit on Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck. He has averaged 24:55 of ice time per game, 13th in the NHL.

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The Blue Jackets on Saturday recalled defenceman David Savard from their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., to help fill in for Wisniewski.