Depth isn't all that Michael Peca will provide the Blue Jackets, and what a good thing it is.
It was reported tonight by the Columbus Dispatch and the NY Daily News that Peca's agent, Don Meehan, and Columbus GM Scott Howson are finalizing a one-year contract. Terms are not immediately available.
The official annoucement is expected Wednesday morning.
Peca's remarks last week to the Dispatch expressed great interest in playing for the Jackets, and high praise for Ken Hitchcock and Scott Howson, who was the assistant GM in Edmonton when the Oilers went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2005-06.
Tonight, he spoke of a great locker room in Columbus, with a few familiar faces and a former housemate in Jason Chimera.
"We had a deal in place (with the Rangers) and their general manager hasn't shown the commitment to get anything done," Peca said. "And now I'm getting pretty excited to play for Ken Hitchcock and the Blue Jackets."
Where will he play? This remains to be seen. He could easily slide in and play #2 center between Fredrik Modin and Nikolai Zherdev, provided a young player doesn't step up in camp and steal the spot. If that happens, he would also be a great fit on his buddy Jason Chimera's checking line between him and the gritty Dan Fritsche.
A good night for Jackets fans indeed, more to come.
Welcome to Columbus, Mr. Peca, we're glad to have you on board.