NHL News: Jets place Blake Wheeler on LTIR, and Blue Jackets add three to COVID protocol

The Winnipeg Jets placed captain Blake Wheeler on long-term injured reserve Sunday with a lower-body injury.

The 35-year-old forward was hurt in the third period of a 4-3 shootout loss at Vancouver on Dec. 10. He clutched his right knee after a collision with teammate Nathan Beaulieu and Canucks forward Vasily Podkolzin.

Wheeler scored his first goal of the season in the first period of that game and added two assists, hiking his season total to 17 points in 22 games.

Wheeler has 824 points (280 goals, 544 assists) and 673 penalty minutes in 1,003 career games with the Boston Bruins (2008-11), Atlanta Thrashers (2011) and Jets.

Blue Jackets COVID update

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner, fellow forward Jack Roslovic and defenseman Gabriel Carlsson were placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets elected to cancel Sunday’s practice “out of an abundance of caution.” They plan to hold a morning skate on Monday prior to traveling to Buffalo to face the Sabres later that night.

Jenner, 28, has a team-leading 11 goals to go along with seven assists in 28 games this season.

Roslovic, a 24-year-old Columbus native, has recorded 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 27 games in 2021-22.

Carlsson, 24, has collected four points (one goal, three assists) in 13 games this season.

–Field Level Media