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Blue Jackets cut LaCosta, Matvichuk

The Columbus Blue Jackets trimmed their roster by two Monday, demoting rookie goaltender Dan LaCosta to the AHL and releasing veteran defenceman Richard Matvichuk..

The Columbus Blue Jackets trimmed their roster by two Monday, assigning rookie goaltender Dan LaCosta to the American Hockey League and releasing veteran defenceman Richard Matvichuk.

LaCosta played well in this past Sunday's 5-4 pre-season victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout.

But the 22-year-old prospect from Labrador City, Nfld., will have to bide his time with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch because Columbus boasts a solid goaltending tandem in Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena.

LaCosta was drafted in the third round (93rd overall) by Columbus in 2004.

Matvichuk, 35, was invited to training camp on a tryout basis, making $96 US per day.

The Edmonton native has played 14 NHL seasons, posting 39 goals and 139 assists for 178 points with 624 penalty minutes in 796 games with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.   

Matvichuk was drafted eighth overall by Minnesota in 1991, and went on to win a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.

He didn't play in the NHL last season.

With files from the Associated Press

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