The Columbus Blue Jackets have loaned forward Jaroslav Balastik to HV71 of the Swedish Elite League, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.
Balastik, 26, has scored a goal and an assist with four penalty minutes in eight games with the Blue Jackets this season. Columbus’ ninth pick, 184th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, he has registered 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points with 30 penalty minutes in 74 career NHL games, including 12-10-22 in 66 games with the club in 2005-06. In six games with Syracuse this season, he has tallied 2-3-5 and six penalty minutes.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes. Game time is 9 p.m. ET with live coverage on FSN Ohio beginning with the IceBreaker pre-game show at 8:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.