COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed free agent forward Kristian Huselius to a four-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Huselius (pronounced hoo-SAY-lee-uhs) has scored 132 goals and added 177 assists for 309 points with 164 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +6 in 473 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers. He has registered four 20-goal and one 30-goal seasons during his six NHL campaigns.
"Kristian is a highly skilled player with good vision and hockey sense who has performed at a very high level throughout his career," said Howson. "We are very pleased to have a player and a person of his caliber join the Blue Jackets organization."
Huselius, 29, spent the past two-plus seasons with the Calgary Flames. After combining for 20-27-47 and 40 penalty minutes in 78 games with Florida and Calgary in 2005-06, he set career highs for goals, assists and points in 2006-07 with 34-43-77 with 26 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating in 81 games. Last year, he racked up 25-41-66 with 40 penalty minutes and was +10 in 81 games to record his third-straight season with at least 20 goals.
A native of Osterhaninge, Sweden, Huselius was Florida’s second pick, 47th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He played five seasons with Farjestad and Frolunda in Sweden, including 2000-01 when he led the Swedish League in goals (32), assists (35), points (67), power play goals (10), shorthanded goals (5) and game-winning goals (9). He was the first player to lead the Swedish League in all six categories.
He made his NHL debut with the Panthers the following season in 2001-02. That year, he tallied 23-22-45 and 14 penalty minutes in 79 games, was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. The following year, he picked up 20-23-43 and 20 penalty minutes in 78 outings and added 10-21-31 and 24 penalty minutes in 76 games in 2003-04.
Huselius has represented Sweden at numerous international competitions, including the 1997 and 1998 World Junior Championships and at the 2000, 2001 and 2002 World Championships. In 2002, he helped Sweden capture its second-consecutive bronze medal at the tournament and was the second-leading scorer in the tournament with 5-6-11 in nine games.
Deposits are now being accepted for Blue Jackets season tickets for the 2008-09 season. New 10 and 20 game plans also are available starting at $240. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.
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