CBJ Gets Down
The Blue Jackets have made 10 roster cuts this morning, with two more cuts likely to follow after tonight's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.
Center Ryan Johansen, the club's first-round pick (No. 4) this summer, was sent back to his junior club, the Portland WinterHawks (WHL). The following players were sent to AHL Springfield: Tomas Kubalik, Maksim Mayorov, John Moore, David Savard, Nick Holden, Grant Clitsome, Tom Sestito and Ben Guite.
Guite and Sestito need waivers to be sent to the minors. If they clear at noon tomorrow, they'll be sent to Springfield.
Also, former Blue Jackets forward Dan Fritsche -- in camp on a tryout agreement -- was released. He's off to Switzerland, where he already has a contract in place.
Another roster spot might be cleared by an injury to center Andrew Murray, who was walking gingerly with his right knee in a brace after last night's game in Washington. He's going for an MRI today and is questionable to make the trip to Sweden.
Bad news for those guys, yes. But good news for Kyle Wilson and Derek MacKenzie, who made the club with very good training camps.
Defenseman Nate Guenin and right winger Mike Blunden are both still on the roster, but it's unclear if they'll make the plane trip to Sweden. As reported in today's editions of The Dispatch, the Blue Jackets may hold off on putting some players on waivers, hoping to slide them through when certain clubs aren't so likely to claim them.
As such, the Blue Jackets have 17 forwards on the roster, with Tomas Kana (hand) and Murray injured, and Blunden in limbo. They have eight defensemen on the roster, with Guenin's future up in the air. And they have three goaltenders, who are set. Here's the official updated roster from the Blue Jackets.
Rosters do not need to be official until Oct. 7, but the Jackets wanted most of the decisions made before they depart tonight for Sweden.