After a strong start, going 3-1-0 in the preseason, the Columbus Blue Jackets have announced the assignment of 17 players to their AHL affiliate, located in Springfield, Ma, the Falcons, trimming their camp roster to 33 players.

The Blue Jackets have sent the following players to Springfield: Forwards Alex Aleardi, Sean Collins, Jake Hansen, Andrew Joudrey, Jeremy Langlois, Broc Little, Spencer Machacek, Jonathan Marchessault, Lukas Sedlak, Dalton Smith and Trent Vogelhuber, along with defensemen Thomas Larkin, Joe Lavin, Austin Madaisky, Patrick McNeill, Blake Parlett and Frederic St. Denis.

First round draft pick Kerby Rychel has also been cut and is destined for the Ontario Hockey League, where he will play for the Windsor Spitfires.

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Though we’re sad to see all the players go, we’ll particularly miss tweets from Kerby Rychel’s cat, Tempelton. We’re sure he’ll Tweet great things in the OHL.

Molly is not an athlete. She quickly got used to winning the “Best Smile” award at her family's Summer Olympics (an award made up especially for her by her grandmother, who felt bad that she never won anything else). But as they say, "Those who cannot do, write about it from the sidelines and provide orange slices at half time."

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