COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have added left wing Alexandre Picard to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager Scott Howson announced March 20. The club also announced that center Dan Fritsche will miss the final eight games of the regular season due to a broken hand suffered in Wednesday night's game at Detroit
Picard, 22, has tallied seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points with 114 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating 47 games with Syracuse this season. He missed the club’s first 18 games of the season due to a knee injury he suffered with the Crunch late in the 2006-07 campaign.
Columbus' first pick, eighth overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Picard has appeared in 40 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets since the 2005-06 season, collecting 0-1-1 and 20 penalty minutes. In 2006-07, he played in a career-high 23 games with the club and notched 0-1-1 and six penalty minutes, registering his first NHL point with an assist vs. Chicago on Mar. 30, 2007. He has 33-44-77 and 239 penalty minutes in 140 career AHL games. The Les Saules, Quebec native registered 93-104-197 and 289 penalty minutes in 206 career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games from 2001-05 with Sherbrooke and Lewiston.
Fritsche, who tallied 10-12-22 with 22 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 69 games with the Blue Jackets this season, suffered a broken hand during the second period of Wednesday night's game at Detroit. The 22-year-old Parma, Ohio native had picked up 2-3-5 in his previous five games and has 29-34-63 and 91 penalty minutes in 206 career NHL games with Columbus.
The Blue Jackets return to action Saturday when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.