COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have added defenseman Derrick Walser and forward Joakim Lindstrom to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.
Walser, 28, has appeared in three games with Columbus in 2006-07 and spent parts of three seasons with the Blue Jackets from 2001-04. He has collected 6-21-27 and 56 penalty minutes in 85 career NHL games. He has also tallied 9-25-34 with 61 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 48 AHL games with the Crunch and Albany River Rats this season, including 9-24-33, 57 penalty minutes with a +10 plus/minus rating in 42 games with Syracuse. He was acquired from Carolina on November 29 in a trade that sent defenseman Mark Flood to the Hurricanes.
Lindstrom, 23, has collected 1-0-1 with two penalty minutes in five games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring his first career NHL goal at Minnesota on December 29. Columbus' second pick, 41st overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, he made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets last season and was scoreless in three games. The Skelleftea, Sweden native has also tallied 18-23-41 with 26 penalty minutes and is +3 in 46 games with Syracuse this season and in 123 career AHL games, he has registered 36-56-92 with 78 penalty minutes and has a cumulative plus/minus rating of +9.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio begins with the IceBreaker pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. The game will also be broadcast on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Blueline at The Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets or mini-plans call (800) NHL-COLS and for group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK.