Crunch, IceHogs swap forwards in NHL deal

The Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, have acquired right wing Michael Blunden from the Chicago Blackhawks, parent club of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, in exchange for right wing Adam Pineault.

Blunden has been loaned to the Crunch from the Blue Jackets, while Pineault will report to Rockford.

Blunden, 22, has appeared in 37 games with the IceHogs this season, tallying three goals, seven assists and 42 penalty minutes. In parts of four seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blunden has skated in 139 AHL games with Norfolk and Rockford, collecting 24 goals, 38 assists and 142 penalty minutes.

In addition, he has appeared in 10 NHL games with Chicago, recording 10 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-3, 207-pound native of Toronto was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round, 43rd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Pineault, 22, has five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 29 games with Syracuse in 2008-09. The native of Holyoke, Mass., has totaled 38 goals and 50 assists for 88 points in 160 AHL games with the Crunch, and also appeared in three NHL contests with the Blue Jackets last season.

Pineault was a second-round draft choice (46th overall) by Columbus in 2004.