The Columbus Blue Jackets have trimmed their current roster to 36 players with the re-assignment of nine players, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Monday. The club also announced that center Alexander Svitov is expected to miss two to three weeks due to a shoulder injury suffered in the third period of Sunday night's 4-2 preseason win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The following players were assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate, today: center Philippe Dupuis, left wing Andrew Murray, right wing Adam Pineault, defensemen Marc Methot and Kyle Wharton as well as goaltender Tomas Popperle. Left wing Darcy Verot and defensemen Andy Canzanello had their contracts reassigned to Syracuse. In addition, center Derick Brassard, the club’s first pick, sixth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, was re-assigned to the Drummondville Voltiguers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Blue Jackets (3-3-0) close out their preseason schedule on Friday at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina against the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. Game time is 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on FSN Ohio with Jeff Rimer (play-by-play) and Danny Gare (color analyst) calling the action.
The Blue Jackets officially begin their sixth NHL season on Friday, Oct. 6 against the Vancouver Canucks. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the arena and be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for the start of the pre-game festivities.