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Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Goaltender Kevin Lalande from the Calgary Flames in Exchange for a Fourth Round Pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft; Assign Lalande to Syracuse (AHL)

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired goaltender Kevin Lalande from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and assigned him to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced March 4.

Lalande, 22, has gone 4-1-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shutout in six games with Quad City of the American Hockey League this season, along with posting a 9-8-0 record with a 2.39 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in 21 games with Las Vegas of the East Coast Hockey League.

The Kingston, Ontario native has a 6-4-1 mark with a 2.66 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and one shutout in 13 career AHL games. He has gone 26-13-4 with a 2.20 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and six shutouts in 48 career ECHL games, including going 13-6 with a 2.52 goals-against average and three shutouts in 20 playoff games in 2007-08, leading Las Vegas to the Kelly Cup Championship.

Prior to his professional career, Calgary's fifth pick, 128th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Lalande spent four seasons with Belleville of the Ontario Hockey League. He combined to go 67-47-11 with a 3.01 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and seven shutouts in 131 career games. He ranked in the top five in the OHL in save percentage each season from 2004-07 and was selected to the 2005-06 All-Star Team.

The Blue Jackets return to action Thursday when they visit the Nashville Predators. Face-off at Sommet Center is set for 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM/CD101 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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 (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season tickets for 2009-10 begin at $18 per game and are on sale now. For information on group tickets, 2009-10 season tickets and mini-plans, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.

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