Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Free Agent Center Samuel Pahlsson to a Three-Year Contract
Former Selke Trophy finalist has tallied 54-92-146 and 260 penalty minutes in 557 career NHL games
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Samuel Pahlsson to a three-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 1. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Pahlsson, 31, has registered 54 goals and 92 assists for 146 points with 260 penalty minutes in 557 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. He has added 9-19-28 and 54 penalty minutes in 81 career Stanley Cup Playoffs games. In 2008-09, he combined to tally 7-11-18 and 34 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Ducks and Blackhawks. He tallied 2-1-3 and two penalty minutes in 13 regular season games and added 2-3-5 and four penalty minutes in 17 Stanley Cup Playoffs games after joining Chicago at the March 4 trade.
"Sami Pahlsson is a very good two-way center who can play against the top players in the league and strengthens our hockey club at the center ice position," said Howson. "He won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim two years ago, played in the Finals in 2003 and won a gold medal with Sweden at the last Olympics, so he brings valuable experience at the highest level of competition to our dressing room."
The 6-foot, 205-pound center was originally Colorado’s 10th pick, 176th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft. After playing five seasons with MoDo in the Swedish Elite League, Pahlsson made his NHL debut with Boston in 2000-01 and appeared in 17 games with the Bruins before joining the Ducks in November 2000. In 2002-03, he helped the Ducks reach the Stanley Cup Finals and in 2005-06 collected 11-10-21 and 34 penalty minutes in 82 games, setting a career high for goals as Anaheim advanced to the Western Conference Finals. In 2006-07, he registered a career-high 8-18-26 with 42 penalty minutes in 82 games and helped the Ducks win the Stanley Cup championship. That year he was also a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s top defensive forward.
A native of Ange, Sweden, Pahlsson has represented Sweden at numerous international competitions, including the 2006 Olympic Games in which he tallied 2-2-4 in eight games and helped his club win the gold medal. He has also played for Sweden at the 1999 (bronze), 2000, 2004 (silver) and 2005 World Championships and at the 1996 World Junior Championships (silver).
Season tickets for the upcoming 2009-10 Blue Jackets season are on sale now with prices starting at $18 per game. In addition, 10- and 20-game packages for 2009-10 are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.