Blue Jackets' Klesla suspended two games for hit

Updated: September 26, 2006, 2:00 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Defenseman Rostislav Klesla of the Columbus Blue Jackets will sit out two regular-season games for a questionable preseason hit, the first player suspended by the NHL this season.

Rostislav Klesla

Klesla was suspended Tuesday for the hit on Chicago forward Tuomo Ruutu, who is out four weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Klesla will miss the opener Oct. 6 against Vancouver and the game the following day against the Blackhawks.

Klesla got a five-minute major for clipping Ruutu on Friday night.

Ruutu, Chicago's first pick and ninth overall in the 2001 NHL entry draft, signed a two-year, $3.75 million contract on the eve of training camp. He played only 15 games last season because of back and ankle injuries.

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