Thursday, April 20, 2006

American Hockey League

Hartigan put through waivers
Center Mark Hartigan, who had eight goals and 11 points in the last 11 games of the season, must go through waivers before he can be returned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League. . The Blue Jackets will know at noon today whether he was claimed. The team is hoping he clears so he can aid in the Crunch playoff effort and compete for a place on the Jackets’ roster this fall. . . . The Blue Jackets reassigned forwards Dan Fritsche and Alexandre Picard, defensemen Andy Delmore, Aaron Johnson and Jamie Pushor and goaltender Pascal Leclaire to Syracuse. . . . The NHL will have its draft lottery at the league office in New York at noon today. The Blue Jackets have a 6.2 percent chance to win the lottery, and if they do, they will move from No. 6 to No. 2 overall in the draft order. The St. Louis Blues have the best chance of winning the lottery (25 percent), followed by Pittsburgh (18.8), Chicago (14.2), Washington (10.7) and Boston (8.1). Whichever of these teams wins the lottery will have the No. 1 pick. The draft will take place June 24.

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