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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Minor deal...what does it mean?

The Jackets today swapped out a couple of minor leaguers.

They sent Darcy Campbell (an out of college free aganet signee) and Pascal Dupuis (a 2003 4th round draft choice) were dealt to Colorado for Mark Rycroft (who's been up and down between the AHL/NHL since 2000).

So why make this deal? I've got a couple of theories:

1. The obvious. Just adds more quality NHL depth. Rycroft has 226 NHL games on his resume scording a season high 21 points for the St. Louis Blues in 2003-2004. Campbell and Dupuis have a combined 1 game of NHL experience and really don't figure into any future plans with the squad.

2. The Jackets move two contacts for one. They were at their NHL/AHL limit, now they aren't. Could they be looking to add another player?

My bet is #2.

It should also be noted that Rycroft will be a UFA after this season so it figures to be a short stint for him with the organization.


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