COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski returns from a one-game benching, but the reasons why he sat and how long he stays in the lineup are unclear.
Wisniewski will play against the Buffalo Sabres at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday after being a healthy scratch Sunday at the New York Rangers, which fueled trade rumors.
He said Tuesday morning that he had not asked be traded, but The Columbus Dispatch reported the Blue Jackets (26-28-4) have made him available ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 at 3 p.m. ET.
Wisniewski has seven goals, 27 points and a minus-6 rating in 52 games.
As for not playing against the Rangers, Wisniewski said no one has told him specifically why he sat other than he needs to play better.
"The thing is they say I wasn't good enough and I hold myself to a higher standard to play better," he said. "I'm not going to say I was happy about it. I want to win and make this playoff push. But at the same time, I have to realize for myself that I need to go out and play now."