Peca, Blue Jackets reach terms: report

Michael Peca reportedly reached terms late Tuesday with the Columbus Blue Jackets on a one-year contract.

Michael Peca reportedly reached terms late Tuesday with the Columbus Blue Jackets on a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Don Meehan, Peca's agent, confirmed to TSN that the deal will become official pending a physical.

The two-time Selke Trophy winner as top defensive forward was negotiating with both the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

Peca, 33, told the Columbus Dispatch that he "had a deal in place with the Rangers for almost three weeks … but ever since we started talking with Columbus, [rookie general manager Scott Howson] has been very straight forward and very interested in getting something done."

Peca played in just 35 games last season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who inked him to a $2.5-million US contract on July 18, 2006.

The Toronto native had four goals and 11 assists for 15 points before breaking his right leg in a first-period collision with defenceman Jim Vandermeer in a 3-1 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last Dec. 22.

The next day, he underwent season-ending surgery to repair a fractured tibia.

Peca has totalled 164 goals and 409 points with a plus-73 rating in 728 games over 12 NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Maple Leafs.

He was drafted in the second round (40th overall) by Vancouver in 1992,

One of the NHL's finest defensive forwards and open-ice hitters in the game, Peca is also a gifted penalty-killer and faceoff man who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills on the ice.

He also helped Team Canada win a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.

With files from the Canadian Press