The Columbus Blue Jackets
claimed left wing Ethan Moreau
off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers
Moreau, who had served as the Oilers' captain the past three seasons, has 145 goals and 132 assists with 1,066 penalty minutes in 863 career games with Edmonton and the Chicago Blackhawks
"We are very pleased and excited to add a player of Ethan's caliber and person of his character to the Blue Jackets organization," Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson said in a statement. "He will bring valuable leadership, competitiveness and experience to our lineup."
Howson was the assistant GM in Edmonton from 2000 until taking the Blue Jackets job in 2007.
Moreau, 34, was the 14th pick of the 1994 Entry Draft by the Blackhawks, and he was traded to the Oilers on March 20, 1999.
He had 9 goals and 18 points with 62 penalty minutes in 75 games last season. In 2008-09, he had 14 goals and 26 points with 133 penalty minutes in 77 games and received the King Clancy
Memorial Trophy, which is given "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Moreau registered a career-high 20-12-32 with 96 penalty minutes in 81 games with Edmonton in 2003-04. He went 11-16-27 with 87 penalty minutes in 2005-06, helping the club reach the Stanley Cup Final, before missing the majority of the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons due to injury. Moreau was named the 12th captain in Oilers franchise history prior to the 2007-08 campaign.