COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Mike Blunden from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right wing Adam Pineault, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 10. Blunden was assigned to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
Blunden, 22, has collected three goals and seven assists for 10 points and 42 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) this season. In 139 career AHL games, he has tallied 24-38-62, 142 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +14, including a career high 16-21-37 in 74 games last season.
Chicago's second pick, 43rd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he has appeared in 10 games with the Blackhawks and registered 10 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut against the Vancouver Canucks on October 25, 2006. Prior to his professional career, the Bowmanville, Ontario native played for four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters. He notched 100-81-181 and 246 penalty minutes in 236 career games with the club. He was selected to the OHL All-Star Team in 2005-06 and was selected to play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in 2004-05. As a teammate of Blue Jackets defensemen Kris Russell, he helped Team Canada win the gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports 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 station WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.