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Jackets Sign Forward Mike Blunden

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Mike Blunden to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Blunden, 24, appeared in one game for the Blue Jackets in 2010-11. He collected 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points and had 41 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ AHL affiliate. He missed the majority of the season due to injury. The Toronto, Ontario native registered 2-2-4, 59 penalty minutes and was +3 in 40 games with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He made his NHL debut with Chicago on October 25, 2006 against Vancouver and has tallied 2-2-4 and 69 penalty minutes in 51 career NHL games.

Chicago’s second pick, 43rd overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Blunden was acquired from the Blackhawks in exchange for Adam Pineault on January 10, 2009. He has recorded 52-68-120 and 294 penalty minutes in 240 career AHL games with Springfield, Syracuse and Norfolk. Prior to his professional career, he totaled 100-81-181 and 246 penalty minutes in 236 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters.

Full and partial season ticket plans for the Blue Jackets’ 2011-12 season are on sale now starting at less than $15 per game. Plan holders receive significant savings versus single game prices, exclusive access to events with players and coaches and more. Flexible payment plan options are available. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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