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Blue Jackets' Kristian Huselius to miss 4-6 months with torn chest muscle

Columbus Blue Jackets' Kristian Huselius, center, of Sweden, skates between Atlanta Thrashers Clarke MacArthur (41) and Jim Stater, background right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets won 2-1. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

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Columbus Blue Jackets' Kristian Huselius, center, of Sweden, skates between Atlanta Thrashers Clarke MacArthur (41) and Jim Stater, background right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets won 2-1. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kristian Huselius has torn a chest muscle, and the Columbus Blue Jackets forward will be sidelined for four to six months.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday that Huselius was injured, and said he will have surgery on Thursday morning that will force the left wing to miss the start of the upcoming season.

The 32-year-old Huselius had 14 goals and nine assists last season when he played in only 39 games because of injuries.

The Swede has 190 goals and 261 assists in 660 NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers.

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