The Columbus Blue Jackets have loaned for the purposes of conditioning defenseman Dean Kukan to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Kukan, 25, has recorded four penalty minutes in six games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has notched four assists, six penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 25 career appearances with the club since making his NHL debut in 2015-16. The 6-2, 186-pound defenseman posted 0-4-4, two penalty minutes and was +2 in 11 outings with Columbus in 2017-18.
The native of Volketswil, Switzerland has added 8-49-57 and 71 penalty minutes in 137 career AHL games with the Monsters, including 1-14-15 and 20 penalty minutes in 32 contests in 2017-18. He was originally signed by the Blue Jackets to a two-year, entry level contract on June 1, 2015.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers. Game time from Wells Fargo Center is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via the FOX Sports app. The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 FM The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.