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  • Thursday, August 24, 2000

    Columbus adds three to roster

     COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets added three more players to the team's organizational roster today as defensemen Kevin Dahl and Mike Gaul and left wing Mike Maneluk all signed free agent contracts with the club. President and General Manager Doug MacLean made the announcement and as is club policy, terms of the deals were not announced.

     Dahl is a veteran of 184 NHL games who spent the 1999-00 season with the Chicago Wolves, helping the International Hockey League (IHL) club to a Turner Cup Championship and posting one goal and two assists for three points and 44 penalty minutes in 27 games. He has spent the majority of his last four seasons in the IHL and was selected to play in the league's annual All-Star game during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.

     His last NHL appearance came in 1998-99 when he played in three games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He originally broke into the league in 1992-93 with the Calgary Flames under current Blue Jackets Head Coach Dave King, totaling 2-9-11 in 61 games as a rookie. Two seasons later (1994-95), he recorded career offensive highs with the Flames when he tallied 4-8-12 in 34 games. His NHL career has spanned over seven seasons with Toronto, Calgary and Phoenix. Dahl, 31, also played under King on the Canadian Olympic Team in 1992 that captured a silver medal in Albertville, France. Originally Montreal's 11th pick, 230th overall, in the 1988 Entry Draft, the Regina, Saskatchewan native played four seasons at Bowling Green State University from 1986-90, helping the Falcons earn four consecutive invitations to the NCAA Tournament.

     Playing in his third season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), Gaul, 27, led all league defensemen in scoring last year with 12-57-69 in 65 games. He earned Second Team AHL All-Star honors, set a Hershey record for points by a defenseman and was a starter in the 2000 AHL All-Star game. In the past three seasons, Gaul has posted in 33-135-168 in 168 games with the Bears and captured the team's Best Defenseman award twice. He was named to the league's All-Rookie Team in 1997-98 after ranking third among AHL blueliners in scoring with 12-47-59 and setting a league record for assists by a rookie.

     Originally Los Angeles' 10th choice, 262nd overall, in the 1991 Entry Draft, Gaul signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on July 16, 1998. The Lachine, Quebec native was then traded to Colorado for Ted Crowley on Dec. 15, 1998, and made his NHL debut with the Avalanche on Dec. 19, 1998.

     Maneluk was one of the most dangerous offensive players in the American Hockey League last year. He finished second in the AHL in scoring and led the league in goals with 47-40-87, earning First Team All-Star honors at the conclusion of the season. He led the AHL with nine shorthanded goals and ranked 10th with 11 power play goals. He also tied for fifth in the league in plus/minus with a +27 rating and was selected to play in the annual AHL All-Star Classic. He logged one NHL game last season the Philadelphia Flyers.

     Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Maneluk spent the entire 1998-99 season in the NHL, logging 45 games as a rookie with Philadelphia, Chicago and the New York Rangers. He tallied 6-9-15 and 20 penalty minutes combined with the three clubs. He began the year with the Flyers but was traded to Chicago for Roman Vopat on Nov. 17 and later claimed off waivers by the Rangers on March 4.

     Maneluk, 26, won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL Playoff Most Valuable Player in 1998 after tallying 13-21-34 in 20 games to lead the league in postseason scoring and help Philadelphia to a Calder Cup Championship. Originally signed as a free agent by Anaheim in 1994, he has spent four full seasons in the AHL and recorded 137-143-280 in 288 games.

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