Blue Jackets sign Alex Giroux

The Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, have signed left wing Alexandre Giroux 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.

With Oklahoma City in 2010-11, Giroux notched 32 goals and 46 assists for 78 points, leading the Barons in scoring and tying an AHL record with his seventh consecutive 30-goal season. He also picked up one goal and one assist in eight NHL games with Edmonton.

A veteran of 706 career AHL games over 10 seasons with Oklahoma City, Hershey, Chicago, Hartford, Binghamton and Grand Rapids, Giroux ranks 10th all-time with 340 goals and 31st all-time with 650 points. He is also second with 52 career Calder Cup Playoff goals, sixth with 103 postseason points and tied for fourth with 118 playoff games played, winning championships with Hershey in 2009 and 2010.

Giroux was named AHL MVP in 2008-09 after winning the league scoring title on the strength of a 60-goal campaign, and he scored 50 goals in 2009-10 to lead Hershey to an AHL-record 60 victories.

Giroux has earned three straight First Team AHL All-Star nods (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11), one of three forwards in AHL history to accomplish that feat.

In addition to his AHL accolades, Giroux has appeared in 39 career NHL games with Edmonton, Washington and the N.Y. Rangers, totaling five goals and six assists.