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Posted: Monday September 26, 2011 9:06PM ; Updated: Monday September 26, 2011 9:29PM

Jackets' Wisniewski gets 8-game ban for illegal check

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and eight regular-season games for a hit to the head of Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck.

The NHL announced the suspension on Monday night.

Wisniewski was suspended for the high hit on Clutterbuck at the conclusion of play in the preseason game on Sept. 23 in Minnesota.

"He targets Clutterbuck's head ... and (Clutterbuck) is defenseless," NHL senior vice president of safety, Brendan Shanahan said. Shanahan also singled out Wisniewski as a repeat offender.

Wisniewski is eligible to return to the Blue Jackets lineup against Detroit on Oct. 25.

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