Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Peca Picks Columbus

Michael Peca is on the verge of signing a one-year incentive laden deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets according to the Columbus Dispatch.

This is a move which ends speculation that the 33-year old center would be playing on Broadway during the upcoming season.

“We had a deal in place with the Rangers for almost three weeks now,” Peca said in the Columbus Dispatch. “It just doesn’t seem like the commitment has been there from the general manager (Glen Sather) to get it done."

Peca was in New York last week in order to take a physical which supposedly would then lead to a contract offer, but an offer never came and while the Rangers waited, Columbus moved in.

“Ever since we started talking with Columbus (Friday), (GM Scott Howson) has been very straightforward and very interested in getting something done. And so right now, that’s where our focus is, getting something done with Columbus.”

For the Rangers this is a move which is meant “To give our young guys a chance," a source within the Rangers told Newsday. Among the leading candidates to fill in from Hartford are Brandon Dubinsky, Nigel Dawes, and Alex Bourret. Among the three Dawes is the only one with NHL experience playing in 8 games for the Rangers last season.

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