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Blue Jackets Assign Walser

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned defenseman Derrick Walser to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.

Walser, 28, has appeared in three games with Columbus in 2006-07 and spent parts of three seasons with the Blue Jackets from 2001-04. He has collected 6-21-27 and 56 penalty minutes in 84 career NHL games. He has also tallied 9-25-34, 59 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 47 AHL games with the Crunch and Albany River Rats this season, including 9-24-33, 55 penalty minutes with a +10 plus/minus rating in 41 games with Syracuse. He was acquired from Carolina on November 29 in a trade that sent defenseman Mark Flood to the Hurricanes.

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the San Jose Sharks. Game time from HP Pavilion at San Jose is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio begins with the IceBreaker pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. The game will also be broadcast on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.

Individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Blueline at The Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets or mini-plans call (800) NHL-COLS and for group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK.

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