COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have made their first roster moves since opening training camp on September 14 as the club re-assigned 17 players today, General Manager Scott Howson announced. The current training camp roster consists of 43 players, including injured forwards Alexandre Picard and Zenon Konopka.
The following players were assigned to Syracuse, the club's American Hockey League affiliate: forwards Andrew Murray, Philippe Dupuis, Petr Pohl, Jeff Szwez, Kevin Jarman; defensemen Dan Smith, Trevor Hendrikx, Darcy Campbell, Jon Landry, Kyle Wharton, Jekabs Redlihs, Andrei Plekhanov and goaltender Adam Munro. Forwards Stefan Legein (Niagara/Ontario Hockey League), Matt Marquardt (Moncton/Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and defenseman Ben Wright (Lethbridge/Western Hockey League) were assigned to their junior clubs. In addition, defenseman Brian Sipotz was returned to the AHL's Chicago Wolves.
Coming off a 4-3 win at Chicago on Wednesday, Columbus (1-2-0) returns to preseason action on Friday when the club visits the 2006-07 Presidents' Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. The Blue Jackets return home on Sunday to host the Sabres. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 5 p.m.
Tickets for the Blue Jackets season-opener against the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Friday, October 5, as well as all regular season home games are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (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.