The Columbus Blue Jackets signed forward Michael Chaput to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.
While the team didn’t share the financial details, the Columbus Dispatch reports that it’s worth $650K at the NHL level.
Chaput, 23, played a career-high 33 games in the NHL in 2014-15, generating five points. The flood of Blue Jackets injuries allowed him to generate an unexpected amount of experience at the NHL level.
On paper, he’d have a tough road to travel to play a comparable amount of games in 2015-16. That said, it could happen if the Blue Jackets’ bad injury luck last season was actually the beginning of a pattern.
Chaput was the 89th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft. The Philadelphia Flyers selected him then, but eventually traded him to Columbus for Tom Sestito.
Boone Jenner’s second of the season midway through the third period stood to be the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 Monday night.
The win was the Jackets’ first since Nov. 15 snapping a six-game skid.
Columbus rookie Kerby Rychel picked up his first career NHL point on Jenner’s game winner.
“At the end of the day it’s our building. We want to capitalize on our home games for our fans,” Jenner said. “(Kerby) brought his game and was perfect for us tonight.”
Matt Calvert’s third of the season opened the scoring in the first period.
“We simplified our game and got to the net,” said Nick Foligno. “That’s the mentality we need to carry over to the next game.”
Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves to improve to 6-8-1 on the season.
Bobrovsky avoided injury pre-game after colliding knee-on-knee with teammate Michael Chaput.
“The guys stepped up tonight. This is the way we have to win…a 2-1 game, for me, is perfect,” said coach Todd Richards. “I would love to see more goals like (Boone’s). We need to have the mentality of getting to the paint.”
Florida rookie Aaron Ekblad had the lone Panthers goal. Al Montoya made 21 saves in the loss.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forwards Michael Chaput and Kerby Rychel from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons the club announced Saturday.
Columbus also assigned center Alexander Wennberg to Springfield.
Rychel, 20, has six goals and 13 points in 22 games during his rookie season in the AHL. The California native was the Jackets’ first round pick, 19th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.
Chaput, 22, has two assists in 18 games with the Blue Jackets this season and added one goal and five points in five games with Springfield.
Columbus will be in tough to snap its’ five game losing skid when they visit the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators. With their 5-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night the Jackets dropped to 6-14-2 – the worst record in the NHL.