Leclaire, Jackman accept Jackets’ offers

The Syracuse Crunch announced today that goaltender Pascal Leclaire and right wing Tim Jackman have accepted the Columbus Blue Jackets’ qualifying offers. The organization also announced it has re-signed right wing Brandon Sugden to a one-year contract.

Leclaire, 22, was off to the best start of his three-year pro career with the Crunch in 2004-05 before an abdominal injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He posted a 5-6-3 record, 2.34 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts in just 14 games prior to the injury.

Columbus’ first pick, eighth overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft, Leclaire split the 2003-04 season between the Blue Jackets and Crunch, posting a 21-16-3 record, 3.06 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 44 AHL games. Leclaire made his NHL debut at Phoenix on Feb. 20, 2004 and made 28 saves in a 3-2 loss.

Tim Jackman tallied 87 points over his first three pro seasons with Syracuse.

Leclaire has a career record of 34-43-9 with four shutouts in 94 appearances with Syracuse.

Jackman, 23, was the Blue Jackets’ second pick in 2001, 38th overall. He has spent the past three years with Syracuse, totaling 46 goals and 41 assists for 87 points and 207 penalty minutes in 214 games. In 2004-05, he collected 35 points (14g, 21a) and 98 penalty minutes in 73 games.

Jackman had his best offensive season in 2003-04, recording 23 goals and 36 points along with a plus-12 rating in 64 AHL games. He also appeared in 19 NHL games with the Blue Jackets that season, tallying one goal and two assists.

Brandon Sugden has led the Crunch in PIM each of the last two seasons.

Sugden, 27, was originally signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent on Apr. 12, 2004. He spent the 2004-05 season with Syracuse, where he registered one goal and 252 penalty minutes in 45 games.

In 118 career AHL games, Sugden has four goals and five assists for nine points, as well as 591 penalty minutes. He was Toronto’s fifth-round pick, 111th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft.