ST. LOUIS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday
reached a buy-out agreement with center Espen Knutsen, who has
been limited to 45 games the past two seasons due to injuries.
Knutsen, 31, has been on injured reserve since Nov. 17 due
to a hip flexor. The checking center played in 14 games,
totaling four assists and a minus-5 rating.
Knutsen was scheduled to make $1.35 million this season. With
the buy-out, he becomes a free agent.
A native of Norway, Knutsen has 30 goals, 81 assists and a
minus-61 rating in 207 career games - all but 19 with the
Acquired from Anaheim in May 2000, Knutsen missed a good portion
of the 2002-03 season with groin and wrist injuries.
Knutsen may best be known for shooting the puck that killed
13-year-old Brittanie Cecil at Columbus' Nationwide Arena, an
incident that prompted the NHL to install protective netting in
Also Tuesday, the Blue Jackets recalled bruising right wing
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre from Syracuse of the American Hockey
League. In 15 games with Columbus this season, the 26-year-old
Grand-Pierre has not recorded a point.
The Jackets, going into their game at St. Louis on Tuesday night, are the only winless team on the road this season (0-11-1).