The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Eric Boguniecki (pronounced BOH-guhn-ih-kee) to a two-way National Hockey League – American Hockey League contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Tuesday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Boguniecki, 31, is a veteran of 167 career NHL games and has netter 34 goals and 42 assists for 76 points with 97 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of plus-14 with Florida, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. He spent the 2005-06 season with St. Louis and Pittsburgh and accumulated 6-10-16 with 33 penalty minutes in 47 games.
The New Haven, Conn., native spent parts of eight seasons in the AHL/IHL and tallied 151-182-333 and 664 penalty minutes in 335 games. He played under Blue Jackets head coach Gerard Gallant when Gallant was an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Komets during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, as well as with the Louisville Panthers during the 1999-2000 season.
After posting 30-40-70 with 156 penalty minutes in 73 games during the 2000-01 season with Louisville and Worcester, Boguniecki won the Les Cunningham Plaque as the AHL’s Most Valuable Player. In 2001-02, he netted 38-46-84 and 181 penalty minutes and was named to the AHL All-Star first team. He also represented the United States at the 2000 World Championships and had 0-1-1 and two penalty minutes in seven games.
Originally signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers on July 7, 1999, Boguniecki played four seasons with the University of New Hampshire. He recorded 78-91-169 and 232 penalty minutes in 142 games for the Wildcats and was named to the 1996-97 Hockey East All-Star team his senior year.