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Columbus Acquires Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  He was then assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

LaVallee-Smotherman, 23, was Atlanta’s fifth pick, 116th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft.  He has collected one goal and one assist for two points and is +1 in four career NHL games with the Thrashers and has spent most of the past three seasons playing with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.  He has registered 39-34-73 and 167 penalty minutes in 140 career AHL games, including a career-high 20-22-42 and 73 penalty minutes in 76 games in 2007-08.

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Blue Jackets Re-Sign Picard

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed left wing Alexandre Picard to a one-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Picard, 23, collected one assist and 26 penalty minutes in 15 games with Columbus in 2008-09 and also registered 22-10-32 and 107 penalty minutes in 49 games with the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate. He tied for the team lead in goals, was second in power play goals (7) and tied for fourth in points. He became the only player in Crunch history to record back-to-back hat tricks when he scored three goals Mar. 20 vs. Rochester and four goals Mar. 21 vs. Albany. He finished the season scoring goals in 14 of the team’s final 22 games (20 goals).

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Columbus Re-Signs Dan LaCosta

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goaltender Dan LaCosta to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

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Columbus Signs Marc Methot

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and defenseman Marc Methot have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a two-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Methot, 24, has collected four goals and 17 assists for 21 points to go along with 75 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +11 in 95 career NHL games. In his first full season with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09, he recorded 4-13-17, 55 penalty minutes and had a +7 plus/minus rating in 66 games. He scored the first goal of his NHL career at Nashville on October 18, while setting career highs in goals, assists, points and games played.

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Blue Jackets Sign Mathieu Roy

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Roy has spent his five-year professional career in the Edmonton Oilers organization, tallying two goals and one assist for three points with 57 penalty minutes in 30 career NHL games. He has also registered 16-75-91 and 390 penalty minutes in 241 career American Hockey League games with Toronto, Edmonton, Hamilton and Springfield. In 2008-09, he notched 2-15-17 and 120 penalty minutes in 59 games with Springfield.

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Columbus/Chicago Trade

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Mike Blunden from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right wing Adam Pineault, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Blunden was assigned to the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

        Blunden, 22, has collected three goals and seven assists for 10 points and 42 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) this season. In 139 career AHL games, he has tallied 24-38-62, 142 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +14, including a career high 16-21-37 in 74 games last season.

        Chicago’s second pick, 43rd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he has appeared in 10 games with the Blackhawks and registered 10 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut against the Vancouver Canucks on October 25, 2006. Prior to his professional career, the Bowmanville, Ontario native played for four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters. He notched 100-81-181 and 246 penalty minutes in 236 career games with the club. He was selected to the OHL All-Star Team in 2005-06 and was selected to play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in 2004-05. As a teammate of Blue Jackets defensemen Kris Russell, he helped Team Canada win the gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships.

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Columbus Places Novotny On IR - Call-Up Tollefsen

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jiri Novotny on Injured Reserve and activated defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. 

Novotny is expected to be sidelined at least one week with an upper body injury.

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Torres Goes On IR

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Raffi Torres on Injured Reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Torres will be sidelined at least one week.

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Columbus Puts Dorsett On IR

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Derek Dorsett on Injured Reserve and recalled defenseman Kris Russell from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight.

Dorsett suffered a hand injury in tonight’s game vs. the Phoenix Coyotes and will be sidelined indefinitely.  In 12 games with the Jackets this season, he has registered one goal and one assist for two points with a team-leading 63 penalty minutes.

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Columbus Recalls Steve Mason

The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Steve Mason from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, and have assigned goaltender Dan LaCosta to the Crunch, Blue Jackets’ General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Mason, 20, has gone 2-1-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in three games with Syracuse this season. Playing his first professional season, he ranks third in the AHL in goals-against average and is fifth in save percentage.

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