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August 24, 2012 | 10:07am ET
Huselius blames Jackets for slow recovery
TheFourthPeriod.com

Veteran forward and unrestricted free agent Kristian Huselius recently spoke out against the Columbus Blue Jackets to a news outlet in Sweden.

Huselius, 33, revealed to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that the Blue Jackets contributed to his torn pectoral muscle issues by rushing him back too soon last season. The winger had sustained the injury while training in July 2011.

"I had not a single practice with the team before coming back," Huselius said. "I had one game to get acclimated. Then I went into (the next) NHL game and played 21 minutes. I think they acted wrong against me. My groin broke in the second game. I had not built up muscle mass and was not fit or ready to play.

"Columbus was in a vulnerable position and was out of playoffs. Perhaps it was this situation that made that they wanted to bet everything on one card."

Huselius has not returned the phone calls of Jacket GM Scott Howson since the end of the regular season. After playing the last year of his four-year, $19 million contract, he hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

He informed Aftonbladet that he is looking to end his career in the Swedish Elite League.

In just two games with the Jackets last season, Huselius recorded no points and two penalty minutes.

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