The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled forward Mark Hartigan from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, and re-assigned forward Cam Severson to Syracuse, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Hartigan is expected to join the team for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Hartigan has picked up 1-0-1 with 12 penalty minutes and a -2 plus/minus rating in 14 games with Columbus this season. He has recorded 34-41-75 with 17 power-play goals and a +18 plus/minus rating in 49 games with Syracuse. He currently ranks fourth in the AHL in points and goals (tied), and is tied for sixth in plus/minus rating. Hartigan’s nine game-winning goals are tops in the AHL.
Hartigan signed with Columbus as a free agent on July 16, 2003. The Fort St. John, British Columbia native has 7-5-12 and 26 penalty minutes in 48 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers. 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.
Severson was acquired by the Blue Jackets from Calgary in exchange for defenseman Cale Hulse on Feb. 28. He has skated in four NHL games this season, all with Columbus, registering two shots on goal and five penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 225-pound native of Canora, Saskatchewan has added 13-7-20 with 146 penalty minutes in 54 AHL games this season, all with Omaha before his trade to the Blue Jackets. Originally an eighth round pick by the San Jose Sharks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Severson has recorded 3-0-3 with 63 penalty minutes in 37 career NHL contests and 53-48-101 with 889 penalty minutes in 319 career AHL games.
The Blue Jackets return to action on tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.