Things have just gotten tougher for the winless Columbus Blue Jackets.
Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that first line centre Jeff Carter was placed on injured reserve and will be shut down for a week to 10 days with a fracture in his foot.
Howson, who told TSN that the injury was on the same foot that was bruised in training camp, cited the location of the fracture as a reason for shutting Carter down.
"It is close to the fracture that he had a couple of years ago in Philadelphia," Howson said. "He has a plate in there with some screws in there, it's right along the same bone.
"So obviously we're concerned that that bone has broken again."
The injury couldn't come at a worse time for the club, who at 0-4-1, are off to their worst start in franchise history.
Carter, who was acquired in an off-season blockbuster deal from the Philadelphia Flyers, has three assists in five games this season.