COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have made their first roster moves of training camp today, assigning six players to the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, returning three draft picks to their respective junior clubs and releasing six others from their tryout contracts, General Manager Scott Howson announced. The current training camp roster currently consists of 52 players.
The six players assigned to Syracuse were: forwards Chris Higgins, Brock McBride and Tyler Murovich and defensemen Cam Brodie, Tim Filangieri and Kevin Roeder.
The three Blue Jackets draft picks who were returned to their European/junior clubs were: forward Tomas Kubalik (Plzen, Czech Elite League) and defensemen Steven Delisle (Gatineau, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and David Savard (Moncton, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League).
In addition, the club released forwards Matt Caria, Andrew Clark and Cass Mappin; defensemen Paul Bezzo and Spencer McAvoy and goaltender Jamie Tucker.
The Blue Jackets open the 2009 preseason tonight when the club travels to Pittsburgh to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. Game time from Mellon Arena is 7:30 p.m. Live coverage on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
The Jackets open the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday, October 3, against the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. 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.
Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.