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Maybe the Blue Jackets are just cursed

Columbus Blue Jackets v Dallas Stars

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 29: James Wisniewski #21 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is helped off the ice by Jeff Carter #7 and Ryan Johansen #19 at American Airlines Center on December 29, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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As if the Blue Jackets’ season couldn’t get any worse, they do.

Big offseason signing James Wisniewski left last night’s win over Dallas after taking a shot off his foot. The outcome? A broken ankle.

Aaron Portzline of Puck Rakers gets word from Jackets GM Scott Howson that while they’ll know better about how his ankle is later today, right now it doesn’t look good.

Wisniewski missed the first eight games of the season thanks to a suspension and that coupled with injuries to a host of other players have made this season a total nightmare for the big spending Jackets. Now they’ll have to do without Wisniewski for a bit and with limited help in the minor leagues, now is the time for guys like John Moore, Nikita Nikitin, and Grant Clitsome to step up their game in a big way.

Of course, even with that it might not be enough to prevent Howson from making moves to shake up what’s been a sleepy roster. Losing Wisniewski, however, makes for an unpleasant and disheartening turn of events. Perhaps Howson’s first phone call should be to a witch doctor to lift the cursed spell this team is under.