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NHL Columbus Blue Jackets

Nikita Nikitin Latest Addition To Walking Wounded For Blue Jackets

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

When you talk about adding insult to injury, you have to mention the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Few teams in professional sports are as bad on paper as the Blue Jackets are, and the fact that nearly every player on their roster has experienced an injury of some sort this season doesn’t help.

Add defenseman Nikita Nikitin to the list as the latest casualty this season. Nikitin suffered a hit against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday and did not return to the ice. The extent of his injury is not yet known, but any sort of news seems to be bad news for the Jackets this season.

Nikitin has already spent time on injured reserve this season. After being driven into the boards against the Avs, he could be headed for more missed time. He’s listed as day-to-day right now, but the true length of time he’ll be out has yet to be determined.

Last year, Nikitin was a decent contributor from the blue line for Columbus. He notched 32 points in 54 games after he was acquired in exchange for Kris Russell. He has four points in 19 games for the Blue Jackets so far in 2013.

If Nikitin proves to be out for a significant period of time and has to go on injured reserve, it would add to a list of IR’d defensemen that already includes Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski. The Blue Jackets can’t really afford another loss of any kind at this point, whether it’s in the standings or on the roster.

Of course, he could also be ready to play in time for Tuesday’s game. Stay tuned.