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Blue Jackets’ Nyquist out 5-6 months after shoulder surgery

FILE PHOTO: July 30, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates by the bench to celebrate with teammates after Nyquist scored a goal during the first period of an exhibition game against the Boston Bruins prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on July 30, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. Mandatory Credit: Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Gustav Nyquist will be sidelined five to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear in his left shoulder, the team announced Wednesday.

Nyquist, 31, had the surgery Tuesday.

“This was a chronic issue that Gus has been dealing with for a number of seasons,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. “He has been able to perform at a high level, but a cyst in the area developed over time that has inhibited his ability to continue to do so. As a result, surgery was the best course of action, and we look forward to having him back at full strength this season.”

Nyquist was second on the team with 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) this past season, playing in all 70 regular-season games. He added two assists in 10 postseason games.

Nyquist signed a four-year contract with Columbus in 2019.

Nyquist has 348 points (146 goals, 202 assists), 144 penalty minutes and a cumulative +8 plus/minus rating in 570 career games with the Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks in 2018-19, and the Detroit Red Wings from 2011 until he joined the Sharks.

--Field Level Media

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