COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Pascal Leclaire on injured reserve and have added goaltender Dan LaCosta to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Leclaire is out at least a week with a lower body injury.
LaCosta, 22, has posted a 12-11-2 record with a 2.72 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout in 28 games with the Crunch this season. He is tied for 10th in the AHL in wins. He stopped 15-of-17 shots in 35 minutes in relief of Fredrik Norrena at Nashville on October 18 in his only action this season with the Blue Jackets.
Columbus' fourth pick, 93rd overall in the 2004 Entry Draft, he has gone 26-20-6 with a 2.59 GAA, .914 SV% and five shutouts in 62 career AHL games. Prior to his pro career, he spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, where he combined to go 86-49-9 with a 2.84 GAA, .905 SV% and 11 shutouts in 170 career games with Owen Sound and Barrie.
The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they visit reigning NHL most valuable player Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Game time from Verizon Center is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.