The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Mark Hartigan to the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced on Monday. The club also activated forward Alexandre Picard off Injured Reserve and assigned him to the Crunch.
Hartigan has appeared in 11 games with Columbus this season, tallying 1-0-1, six penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating while logging 13:55 of ice time per game. He has also collected 7-16-23 with 30 penalty minutes and is +5 in 21 games with the Crunch.
Picard, Columbus' first pick, eighth overall, at the 2004 Entry Draft, has been sidelined since Nov. 22 with a concussion. He appeared in two games with the Blue Jackets this season and collected six penalty minutes. He has also notched 3-2-5 and 21 penalty minutes in 12 games with Syracuse.
The Blue Jackets return to action Thursday when they continue a five-game road trip at San Jose. The club then visits the Colorado Avalanche Saturday before wrapping up the road trip at Phoenix on Sunday. The Blue Jackets-Coyotes game will be televised live on FSN Ohio with the Ice Breaker pre-game show starting at 7:30 p.m. All three games will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101. The Blue Jackets return home on Wednesday, Jan. 11, hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game time at Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m.