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Four Blue Jackets players out for season

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without
four top players -- and possibly a fifth -- for the rest of the
season.

General manager Doug MacLean said Wednesday that goaltender
Pascal Leclaire (knee), defensemen Duvie Westcott (concussion) and
Bryan Berard (back), and forward Dan Fritsche (lacerated wrist)
will miss the Blue Jackets' final 16 games.

MacLean said Berard is out indefinitely with a recurring back
problem that caused him to miss the second half of last season and
most of this campaign.

Team captain Adam Foote has a high ankle sprain and might also
sit out the rest of the way, MacLean said.

The Blue Jackets entered Wednesday night's home game against Los
Angeles in 12th place in the Western Conference, well out of the
playoff race.