COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Michael Ratchuk from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for right wing Stefan Legein, club General Manager Scott Howson announced October 20. He was then assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.
Ratchuk, 21, was Philadelphia's third pick, 42nd overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. He has registered one assist and two penalty minutes in five games with the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms this season. In 85 career AHL games, he has collected 6-15-21 and 48 penalty minutes. He played his first full AHL season in 2008-09 and notched 5-12-17 and 44 penalty minutes in 77 games.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound native of Buffalo, New York spent two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program from 2004-06 before playing two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans. In 82 career games, he tallied 10-27-37, 76 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +2, including helping the Spartans win the 2007 NCAA National Championship.
The Blue Jackets return action tonight when they visit the Calgary Flames. Game time from Pengrowth Saddledome is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 9 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101, and online at BlueJackets.com.
Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.