Peca returns to Jackets against Coyotes

Updated: October 10, 2007, 10:51 PM ET
Associated Press


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets activated center Michael Peca off injured reserve on Wednesday, and he made his debut with the club.

He logged almost 13 minutes as the Blue Jackets blanked the Phoenix Coyotes 3-0 on Wednesday night. Peca did not get off a shot.

He blocked a shot midway through the third period and skated slowly to the bench. He did return, however.

Peca, signed by Columbus as a free agent on Aug. 23, has been out with a groin strain. Last season, he had four goals and 11 assists in 35 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He missed most of the season with a broken leg.

Peca figures to anchor the Blue Jackets' third line, centering Gilbert Brule and Dan Fritsche.

The Toronto native has 164 goals and 245 assists in 728 NHL games. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward twice, in 1997 with the Buffalo Sabres and 2002 with the New York Islanders.

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