COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The much-improved defense of the Columbus Blue Jackets will have to make due without one of its mainstays for a while.
The Blue Jackets on Tuesday announced defenseman Rostislav Klesla will miss four to six weeks due to a stress fracture in his right leg.
Columbus, which beefed up its blue line during the summer with
the additions of Adam Foote and Bryan Berard, will begin the
season without Klesla, who was limited to 47 games in 2003-04
due to knee and wrist injuries. He appeared in four of the Blue
Jackets' first five preseason games, collecting 15 penalty
A native of the Czech Republic, Klesla was the first draft pick
in Blue Jackets history, selected fourth overall in 2000. The
23-year-old has 14 goals, 33 assists and 178 penalty minutes in
202 career games.