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Columbus Blue Jackets Activate Forward Andrew Murray Off Injured Reserve; Assign Forward Alexandre Picard to Syracuse (AHL)

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Andrew Murray off injured reserve and assigned forward Alexandre Picard to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager Scott Howson announced December 5.

Murray, 27, has registered one assist in six games this season. Last season, he collected 8-3-11 and 10 penalty minutes in 67 games with the Blue Jackets. He ranked third on the club with three game-winning goals, while setting career highs in goals, points and games played. Columbus' 11th pick, 242nd overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft, he has tallied 14-8-22 and 22 penalty minutes in 112 career NHL games.

Picard, 24, was scoreless with three shots on goal in his only appearance of the season this past Thursday against Toronto. He has tallied 8-7-15 with 26 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 19 games with Syracuse this season. Columbus’ first pick, eighth overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, he has registered 0-2-2 and 48 penalty minutes in 58 career NHL games.

The Blue Jackets return action tonight when they host the Colorado Avalanche. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101, and online at BlueJackets.com.

Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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