I-71 Report: Injuries, Transactions and Trades - Oh My!

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The Columbus Blue Jackets, the Cleveland Monsters’ NHL Affiliate, tighten their hold on the second wild card spot after defeating the Washington Capitals 5-1 on February 26. The Jackets are working to get back their offensive rhythm amongst another batch of injuries.

Similar to Columbus, injuries have impacted Cleveland’s roster and led to an influx of transactions and new signings.

Dean Kukan is no stranger to I-71 this season and spent the past few weeks in Columbus. He made his Blue Jackets season debut on Jan. 25 and has since collected four assists and two penalties with a +3 plus/minus rating in 10 games. During his time in Cleveland, Kukan tallied 1 goal, 14 assists and 20 penalty minutes with the Monsters. Dean Kukan was placed on the Blue Jackets injured reserve list on Feb. 18.

The batch of recent injuries have included Monsters goalies, leading to Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo receiving ice time in Cleveland and Columbus. Korpisalo saved 31 of the 33 shots faced on Feb. 9 in the Monsters 4-2 loss to the Manitoba Moose. While back in Columbus on Feb. 14, Korpisalo saved 22 shots against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  

At the end of January, the Blue Jackets signed veteran center Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL deal for the purpose of assignment to Cleveland. Before coming to Cleveland, Gerbe made 19 appearances for the Genève Servette HC in the Swiss NLA this season. He’s supplied 1-9-10 in 11 appearances for the Monsters this season. On Feb. 21, Gerbe made his Blue Jackets debut against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Columbus Coach John Tortorella added Gerbe to the Jackets’ fourth line in hopes of bringing new life to the offense. "That's one thing with [Gerbe]," Tortorella said. "He can be playing street hockey, he'll have hunger. That's just the way he's built.

NHL Trade Deadline

On Feb. 26, the Blue Jackets traded center Nick Moutrey and a 2020 third round draft pick for defenseman Ian Cole from Ottawa. Moutrey recently came back from his second injury this season on Feb. 17, while tallying 3-3-6 and 22 penalty minutes in 22 games this season. Moutrey was part of the Monsters’ 2015-16 Calder Cup winning team.

Along with the Moutrey trade, Columbus acquired C Ryan Kujawinski from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for C Jordan Maletta. Maletta totaled 0-4-4 with 32 penalty minutes and a +1 rating in 28 appearances for the Monsters this season. He’s totaled 104 appearances for the Monsters over the past two seasons, tallying 12-15-27 with 101 penalty minutes.

Lastly, the Blue Jackets acquired LW Thomas Vanek from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte. Motte tallied 3-2-5 and two penalty minutes in 31 games with the Blue Jackets and 9-2-11 and 25 penalty minutes in 17 games for the Monsters this season.

 

Beginning with the March 2 Medical Professionals Appreciation Night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Monsters take on the Tucson Roadrunners in a two-game home series where they’ll face recently traded centers Jordan Maletta and Carter Camper.

Afterward this weekend's matches, the Monsters depart on a two-week West Coast road trip. For Monsters tickets check out the full Monsters promotional schedule.  

Recent Transactions

Date Player Team   Transaction
2018-02-26 Nathan Gerbe (C) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-26 Carter Camper (C) Cleveland DEL Traded to Tucson (AHL)
2018-02-26 Ryan Kujawinski (C) Cleveland ADD Loaned from Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-26 Jordan Maletta (C) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-26 Nick Moutrey (LW) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-26 Markus Hannikainen (LW) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-25 Zac Dalpe (C) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-25 Markus Hannikainen (LW) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-25 Sonny Milano (LW) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-24 Ivan Kulbakov (G) Cleveland DEL Returned on loan to Quad City (ECHL)
2018-02-23 Markus Hannikainen (LW) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-23 Markus Hannikainen (LW) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-23 Joonas Korpisalo (G) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-23 Joonas Korpisalo (G) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-23 Jeff Zatkoff (G) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-23 Jeff Zatkoff (G) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-21 Nathan Gerbe (C) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-18 Zac Dalpe (D) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan from Columbus (NHL)
2018-02-18 Ryan Murray (D) Cleveland ADD Added
2018-02-18 Ryan Murray (D) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)