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Nyquist out for season with shoulder injury, reportedly could return for playoffs

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, the team announced Wednesday.

Nyquist was injured on Jan. 25 against the Edmonton Oilers and placed on injured reserve later that week. His ailment doesn't require surgery.

Although Nyquist will be shelved for the foreseeable future, he could be ready for the playoffs, reports TSN's Darren Dreger, keeping the winger in the mix as a trade chip prior to the March 3 deadline. Nyquist carries a cap hit of $5.5 million before hitting unrestricted free agency this summer. A contender that acquires him could stash him on long-term injured reserve until the postseason.

The veteran collected 10 goals and 12 assists in 48 games this season before being sidelined.

Nyquist has spent the past three seasons in Columbus. His career started with an eight-year stint with the Detroit Red Wings before a brief spell with the San Jose Sharks. All in all, the 33-year-old Swede has registered 423 points in 700 games.

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