Ryan Murray has knee surgery, likely done for season

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The Columbus Blue Jackets revealed that 20-year-old rookie defenseman Ryan Murray has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks as a result. He suffered the injury during Monday’s game.

With the 2013-14 campaign winding down, it’s likely that Murray won’t be able to return before the end of the regular season. He might even miss the start of the playoffs, assuming Columbus can get that far.

It will be an uphill struggle for the Blue Jackets, especially now that they are without defensemen Murray, Fedor Tyutin, and possibly Nikita Nikitin.

Tyutin, who suffered a sprain ankle during the Olympics, is making progress, but Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards doesn’t believe he’s close to returning, per the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

Nikitin is dealing with an upper-body injury, but did skate this morning.

Murray, 20, unfortunately already has experience dealing with significant injuries. He missed most of the 2012-13 campaign after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery while playing for the WHL Everett Silvertips. If not for that, he would have probably made his NHL debut last season following the lockout.

The Blue Jackets took him with the second overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.