COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired left wing Dane Byers from the New York Rangers in exchange for center Chad Kolarik, club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced November 11. Byers was assigned to the Springfield Falcons, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate.
Byers, 24, has collected three goals and six assists for nine points and 25 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' AHL affiliate. He ranked second on the club in points and was third in assists. He has collected 72-91-163, 546 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +14 in 255 career AHL games, including a career high 25-27-52 and 100 penalty minutes in 74 games last season. He missed the majority of the 2008-09 season due to injury.
The Rangers' fourth pick, 48th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Byers made his NHL debut Feb. 5, 2008 vs. Los Angeles. He has 1-0-1 and 31 penalty minutes in six career NHL games. Prior to his professional career, the Nipawin, Saskatchewan native tallied 49-50-99 and 518 penalty minutes in 236 career games with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League.
The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they host the Colorado Avalanche. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.
Single-game tickets, starting at $22, are on sale at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The 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 tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, a variety of partial-season plans and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.