Back in May of 2015, Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen announced a two-year, $1.5 million extension for Cody Goloubef, calling him a “mobile, puck moving defenseman who makes good decisions on the ice,” while adding “we’re excited about his future as a Blue Jacket.”
On Thursday, the Blue Jackets waived Goloubef.
The 26-year-old hasn’t played this season, missing a good chunk of the exhibition campaign and both regular season games with an oblique strain.
“He’s been hurt for a while, hasn’t played a bunch of games,” head coach John Tortorella said, per the Dispatch. “Last season when he came back from his injury [broken jaw], I mean, I wasn’t thrilled with his play.”
Goloubef returned to practice this week, but the club opted to expose him to waivers rather than keep him with the NHL team over, say, Scott Harrington, who is up with the Jackets but hasn’t played through the first two games.
Given Goloubef is reasonably young, affordable ($750,000 cap hit) and a right-handed shot, it’s possible he gets scooped off waivers.
He appeared in a career-high 43 games for Columbus last year, scoring eight points.