Blue Jackets Nielsen Out 4-6 Weeks

By Bill Drake

Chris Nielsen injuried his groin in Monday’s game against the Flyers. He blocked a Chris Therien’s slapshot in the second period. Undergoing surgery last night, Nielsen was released this morning.

Until the injury, Nielsen was matched up against the Jeremy Roenick line. Only in a defensive faceoff did Tyler Wright replace him against Roenick. Wright lost the faceoff andnow Columbus looses their emerging checking forward for at least a month.

In other news, Rostislav Klesla sees his ice time dimnish. In Columbus’ first game, Klesla managed a tip in goal to tie the game against. But in thier most recent game he logged less than ten minutes of icetime.

Player Movement

Jody Shelley was placed on the Syracuse Crunch roster on loan from the BlueJackets on 10-9-01.

Syracuse Crunch Notable Statistics

Mathieu Darche scored two goals in the team’s opener against Bridgeport.