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Groundhog Day: Mark Letestu Out At Least Six More Weeks

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Letestu underwent groin/abdominal surgery in Philadelphia, and will be out until at least mid-January.

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Well, the Blue Jackets won a game last night. So, if you thought this was a complete affront to whatever hockey deity we have angered, well, you were right. The team announced today that Mark Letestu underwent surgery to repair a groin and abdominal injury, and is on the shelf at least six more weeks.

Letestu hadn't played since the team's ninth game of the season against Ottawa on October 28.

His injury at that time was listed as a two- to four-week injury. It has been five weeks to the day since then, and only now has he had surgery, resulting in six additional weeks' recovery. If you're scoring at home, Letestu is the second player to have this kind of surgery this year, and as we've seen with Brandon Dubinsky the recovery time is an estimate at best. Groins, as they say, are tricky.

It's gotten to the point with these injuries to abdomens and groins that one has to wonder what might be going on with the team's strength and conditioning program, as Letestu is just another in a long line of Jackets players to need this kind of surgery over the past 18 months or so.