Blue Jackets pick up minor-leaguer from Flyers

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Matthew Ford

from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for future


Ford will report to the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League in

Springfield, Mass.

Originally selected by Chicago in the eighth round, 256th

overall, of the 2004 NHL draft, Ford has 72 goals and 69 assists in

256 career AHL games with Hartford, Lake Erie, Hershey and


The 6-foot-1, 207-pound right winger, a California native who

played college hockey at Wisconsin, has four goals and nine assists

in 35 AHL games this season.