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Jackets lose Jenner (hand surgery) for five weeks

Boone Jenner

Boone Jenner #38 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 in the shootout. (October 4, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

This has not been a banner preseason for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Embroiled in a contract dispute with Ryan Johansen and unsure when Nathan Horton will return from his back problems, the Jackets announced on Wednesday that Boone Jenner would be sidelined for the next five weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken hand.

Jenner, 21, suffered the break on Sunday when he was struck by a puck during practice. The injury now means Columbus’ entire first line from 2013-14 is on the sidelines; Jenner had plenty of success playing alongside Johansen and Horton last year, his first in the NHL, finishing with 16 goals and 29 points in 72 games.