The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Chad Kolarik to a one-year contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Kolarik, 24, was scoreless in two games with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He made his NHL debut at St. Louis on April 5. He combined to record 26 goals and 24 assists for 50 points and 55 penalty minutes in 76 games with the Syracuse Crunch and San Antonio Rampage, including 9-6-15 and 14 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate. Acquired by Columbus from Phoenix in exchange for forward Alexandre Picard on March 3, he has registered 46-54-100 and 102 penalty minutes in 152 career AHL games.
Phoenix's seventh pick, 199th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Kolarik spent four seasons at the University of Michigan, where he collected 78-96-174, 131 penalty minutes and a cumulative +59 plus/minus rating in 163 career games. He notched a career high 30-26-56, 24 penalty minutes and was +28 in 39 games during the 2007-08 season, en route to earning NCAA West Second All-American and CCHA First All-Star Team honors. The Abington, Pennsylvania native spent two seasons with the United States Development Program from 2002-04 and had 51-56-107 and 67 penalty minutes in 120 games.