COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets reduced their active training camp roster to 34 players as right wing Steven Goertzen was assigned to the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch and right wing Derek Dorsett was placed on Injured Reserve, General Manager Scott Howson announced September 25.
Goertzen, Columbus' 11th pick, 225th overall in the 2002 Entry Draft, registered five penalty minutes in two preseason games with the Blue Jackets. He racked up 54 penalty minutes in 46 career NHL games with the club the past two seasons and has 18-25-43 and 279 penalty minutes in 165 AHL games with the Crunch since 2005.
Dorsett, the club's ninth pick, 189th overall in the 2006 Entry Draft, will miss approximately four to six weeks due to a stress fracture of his leg. He appeared in one preseason game with Columbus this season. He spent the 2006-07 campaign with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, tallying 19-45-64 and 206 penalty minutes in 61 games.
Columbus has gone 2-0-1 in its past three preseason games to improve its record to 2-2-1. The Blue Jackets return to preseason action on Thursday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Blue Jackets open the 2007-08 season at Nationwide Arena on Friday, October 5 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks. Game time is 7 p.m. with a special pre-game show featuring former U.S. Olympic figure skater Todd Eldridge beginning at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks, The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.