The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Jamie Pushor and center Janne Hauhtonen (pronounced YAH-nee HOH-tuh-nehn) to two-way National Hockey League – American Hockey League contracts, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Friday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Pushor, 33, is a veteran of 521 NHL games and has registered 14-46-60 and 648 penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. He was originally selected by the Blue Jackets in the 2000 Expansion Draft, from the Dallas Stars and has notched 4-18-22 and 150 penalty minutes in 147 games with the club. In four appearances during the 2005-06 season, he tallied 1-2-3 with Columbus.
The Lethbridge, Alberta native has spent most of the past two seasons with the Syracuse Crunch, serving as the team's captain. He enjoyed the highest-scoring season of his pro career last year as he tallied 5-17-22 with 132 penalty minutes in 72 games. In 367 career AHL games, he has picked up 12-76-88 and 641 penalty minutes.
Detroit's second pick, 32nd overall, in the 1991 Entry Draft, Pushor spent five seasons in the Red Wings organization and was a member of the club's 1997 Stanley Cup championship team. He was a member of the Blue Jackets' inaugural season club and collected 3-10-13, 94 penalty minutes and was +7 in 75 games in 2000-01. He added 0-6-6 and 54 penalty minutes in 61 games with Columbus in 2001-02 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Mar. 15, 2002.
The 6-3, 205-pound Hauhtonen spent the 2005-06 season with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League and set career highs in goals (19), assists (27), points (46) and plus/minus rating (+27) while adding 36 penalty minutes in 49 games.
A native of Pori, Finland, Hauhtonen has spent seven seasons with JYP HT Jyvaskyla and HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish Elite League, registering 47-91-138 with a cumulative plus/minus rating of +5 and 323 penalty minutes in 319 games. He has added 4-9-13 and 49 penalty minutes in 24 playoff games. He also played for Team Finland at the World Junior Championships in 1997 and picked up 0-1-1 and two penalty minutes in six games.