Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Filatov to the Minors

The Blue Jackets trimmed their roster by sending five players down to the minors in Syracuse, including prospect forward, Nikita Filatov. The Jackets also placed Raffi Torres on the IR, as he continues to be out with a shoulder injury.

The new-look Blue Jackets have lots to look forward to this season, as they really did a good job finding players that should provide as good offensive weapons. Finally, Rick Nash has some quality forward talent to play with on his line, which should improve his numbers substantially.

Rookie sensation, Jakub Voracek, should finally be ready for the full-time rigors of the NHL. He should be able to snag a fair amount of points through the year.

Rick NashFedor TyutinPascal Leclaire
Kristian HuseliusRostislav KleslaFredrik Norrena
R.J. UmbergerChristian Backman
Mike PecaMike Commodore
Jason ChimeraKris Russell
Manny MalhotraJan Hejda
Jiri NovotnyOle-Kristian Tollefsen
Fredrik ModinMarc Methot
Raffi Torres
Andrew Murray
Jared Boll
Derrek Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Alex Picard

Even if Torres is on the books and you counted 24 players, the Blue Jackets still only have $48.3 million against the cap, which is a very comfortable position to be in. Once he returns from his injury, look for Murray or Picard to be sent down to make room.

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