The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Mark Hartigan to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.
Hartigan led the Crunch in goals and points in 2005-06 with 34-41-75 to go along with 48 penalty minutes and a +18 plus/minus rating in 49 games. He also added a team-high 17 power play goals, which ranked ninth in the AHL, and finished tied for 14th in the league in scoring despite spending part of the season in Columbus. He has appeared in 242 career AHL games and collected 103-123-226 and 282 penalty minutes, while adding 2-6-8 and 12 penalty minutes in 16 career Calder Cup Playoffs games.
In 33 games with the Blue Jackets this season, Hartigan tallied 9-3-12 and 22 penalty minutes, including 8-3-11 in his last 11 outings. Against Dallas in the season finale on Apr. 17, he scored the tying goal at 19:03 of the third period and assisted on Sergei Fedorov's game-winner in overtime. In 67 career NHL games with Columbus and Atlanta, he has registered 15-8-23 and 36 penalty minutes.
Syracuse finished the regular season with a 47-25-5-3 record, which was good for second place in the North Division. The Crunch, who set a franchise record for points in a season with 102, begins its best-of-seven first round playoff series against the Manitoba Moose at home on Friday. - CBJ -