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Werenski out for season for Blue Jackets with sports hernia

Defenseman to need 6-8 weeks to recover from surgery @NHLdotcom

Zach Werenski is out for the season for the Columbus Blue Jackets because of a sports hernia.

The defenseman had surgery Wednesday and is expected to need 6-8 weeks to recover. He last played April 8.

Werenski scored 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 35 games and was second on the Blue Jackets in ice time per game (24:22) behind defenseman Seth Jones (25:15) when he left the lineup.

"Zach has been playing through the injury for most of the season, and as much as we would like to have him in the lineup, having the surgery now is the right decision and will allow him to be 100 percent before the start of training camp in the fall," Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said April 9.

Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is out for the season with a broken finger. Jenner scored 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 41 games.

Columbus (15-22-9) is seventh in the eight-team Discover Central Divison, 10 points behind the fourth-place Nashville Predators. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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