The Columbus Blue Jackets have added forward Mark Hartigan to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Hartigan is expected to join the club in time for tonight's game vs. the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena.
Hartigan has appeared in eight games with Columbus this season, tallying 1-0-1, six penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating while logging 14:09 of ice time per game. He has also collected 7-16-23 with 30 penalty minutes and is +5 in 21 games with the Crunch. He ranks second on the club in goals, is third in points and has chipped in four power play goals and one shorthanded tally.
Signed as a free agent on July 16, 2003, Hartigan has 7-5-12 and 20 penalty minutes in 42 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers. He has also registered 76-98-174 and 264 penalty minutes in 214 career AHL games. The former NCAA All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist with St. Cloud State was Syracuse's top goal scorer in 2004-05 with 31-28-59 and 105 penalty minutes in 69 games.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with FSN Ohio's Ice Breaker pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.