COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward Andrew Murray to a three-year contract through the 2010-11 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced March 7. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Murray, 26, made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets at Nashville on December 27 and scored his first career goal in his third game on January 2 at Anaheim. He has tallied five goals and two assists for seven points with two penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating in 25 games this season. He has also collected 13-2-15 with 15 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 34 games with the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate.
"Andrew has been a solid addition to the Blue Jackets since his recall and we are very pleased that he will continue to be an important part of our hockey club in the future," said Howson.
A native of Selkirk, Manitoba, Murray was Columbus' 11th pick, 242nd overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He spent the past two seasons with Syracuse and has registered 36-30-66 and 150 penalty minutes in 183 career AHL games. Prior to joining the pro ranks, he spent four seasons at Bemidji State University (College Hockey America). He tallied 46-69-115 and 131 penalty minutes in 128 career games from 2001-05 and was a First Team All-CHA selection as a senior when he notched 16-22-38 and 30 penalty minutes in 32 games.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN 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 stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.