COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed left wing Curtis Glencross, left wing Joakim Lindstrom, center Andrew Murray and right wing Steve Goertzen to two-way National Hockey League – American Hockey League contracts, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Glencross, Lindstrom and Murray inked one-year deals, while Goertzen was signed to a two-year contract. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Glencross, 24, tallied 1-0-1 and four penalty minutes in nine NHL games last season and was scoreless in seven outings with the Blue Jackets after joining the club from the Anaheim Ducks in January. In 60 AHL games with Syracuse and Portland, he combined for 25-26-51 and 127 penalty minutes. He racked up 19-16-35 and 53 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Crunch. The Kindersley, Saskatchewan native has registered 48-40-88 and 281 penalty minutes in 159 career AHL games after playing two seasons of college hockey at Alaska-Anchorage from 2002-04.
Lindstrom, 23, was Columbus' second pick, 41st overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft. He has tallied 1-0-1 and four penalty minutes in 12 career NHL games. He appeared in nine games with the club in 2006-07 and registered his first NHL goal at Minnesota on December 29. He also tallied an AHL career-high 22-26-48 with 34 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 50 games with Syracuse. He has registered 40-59-99 and 86 penalty minutes in 127 games in two-plus AHL seasons after playing for Modo in the Swedish Elite League from 2000-05.
Murray, 25, was the Blue Jackets' 11th pick, 242nd overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He has spent the past two seasons with Syracuse collecting 23-28-51 and 135 penalty minutes in 149 games. He tallied 10-12-22 and 62 penalty minutes in 72 outings a year ago. A native of Selkirk, Manitoba, he registered 46-69-115 and 131 penalty minutes in 128 games during four seasons at Bemidji State University from 2001-05.
Goertzen, 23, was Columbus' 11th pick, 225th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft and has picked up 54 penalty minutes in 46 games with the Blue Jackets over the past two seasons. He was scoreless in seven games with Columbus and notched 9-7-16 and 120 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Crunch a year ago. Prior to joining the professional ranks, he registered 33-46-79 and 254 penalty minutes in 206 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League from 2001-04.
For information on Blue Jackets PSL and partial plans for the 2007-08 season, call 1-800-NHL-COLS. Information regarding the sale of individual game tickets will be available when the NHL announces the 2007-08 season schedule.