Dose of Reality #74October 2, 2007
The Jackets put Michael Peca, Fredrik Modin, and Adam Foote on the IR today in order to get the roster down to 23. Since none of the trio have suited up for any of the pre-season games, the move served to confirm what most of us have suspected. There were two other roster moves today: Sheldon Brookbank was placed on waivers and quickly picked up by the New Jersey Devils. Kris Beech is also on waivers.
If Adam Foote is not ready to play, the loss of Brookbank will hurt the team. Foote has not been able to have a complete Blue Jacket camp in a few years, but his recovery this year is taking longer than usual. With Brookbank gone, the call-up is most likely Marc Methot. That is not too much wiggle room for the team if Foote can’t answer the bell.
I never thought Kris Beech would stay with the team and when Peca was signed, the end was near for him. Making the odds even tougher for Beech, Jared Boll surprised the team with his strong showing and made the varsity. I also think that Derick Brassard will be back in Columbus this season. So Beech would have to beat out these three players to stay here in Columbus on the forth line.
We await the opener on Friday, but the real benchmark will be around the U.S. Thanksgiving. If the team is around .500, we can all sing the praises of Ken Hitchcock and Scott Howson. Heck, we can even think of the 2009 playoffs in a more substantial manner. This season will be a sober one, a time for the fans to quietly look for signs of progress, for the players to develop confidence in the Hitchcock plan, and for Scott Howson to start targeting the candidates to play here in the next few years. It appears to me that Jakub Voracek will be with us next season. Adam Pineault, Andrew Murray, Trevor Hendrix, and Tommy Sestito may join him.