The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Steven Goertzen from the Syracuse Crunch, their American Hockey League affiliate, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. The Blue Jackets have also loaned forward Joe Motzko to Syracuse.
Goertzen, 21, has appeared in 27 games this season split between Columbus and Syracuse. In 20 NHL contests heâ€™s posted 24 penalty minutes and 14 shots on goal. Goertzen has recorded 1-1-2 with nine penalty minutes in seven games with Syracuse. He made his NHL debut with 9:55 of ice time on October 21 when the Blue Jackets defeated the San Jose Sharks. A seventh round selection by the Blue Jackets in the 2002 Entry Draft, Goertzen made his professional debut last season with 2-7-9 and 100 penalty minutes in 57 games with Syracuse.
Motzko, 25, is scoreless in two games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has scored 3-11-14 with 12 penalty minutes in 17 games with Syracuse.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m., with FSN Ohio's Ice Breaker pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.