COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Fredrik Modin on injured reserve and made several other moves to reduce their roster to 23 players heading into Saturday's opener against Minnesota.
General manager Scott Howson announced Tuesday that the veteran Modin, who has a knee injury, will start the year on IR.
The Blue Jackets also placed left wing Alexandre Picard and defenseman Mathieu Roy on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse; returned left wing Matt Calvert to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League; and released defenseman Martin Skoula.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh