Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson announced via Twitter on Friday that defenseman James Wisniewski has seen Dr. Larry Watson, Columbus' team physician, and will be sidelined six weeks with a fractured ankle.
Wisniewski, who will not require surgery to repair the injury, was hurt blocking a shot by Mike Ribeiro at the 7:38 mark of the second period of Thursday's 4-1 victory at Dallas.
Signed by Howson as a free agent to a six-year contract worth a reported $33 million this past off-season but sat out the first eight games of the season due to injury. Wisniewski has two goals, 15 assists and a minus-18 rating in 29 games for the Blue Jackets.
Wisniewski was drafted in 2002 by Chicago and made stops in Anaheim, New York and Montreal before joining Columbus in June of this year via trade with the Canadiens.
For more on the Blue Jackets, visit The Cannon.