COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Brett Gallant to a two-year, two-way contract (NHL/AHL), club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Gallant, 26, has registered six goals and six assists for 12 points with 862 penalty minutes in 188 career American Hockey League games, primarily with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also appeared in four NHL games with the New York Islanders during the 2013-14 season, averaging 6:53 time on ice per game and collecting 17 penalty minutes.
Last season, he tallied 2-4-6 and 247 penalty minutes in 45 games with the Tigers, ranking second in the AHL in penalty minutes. The 6-0, 198-pound Gallant racked up a career-high 255 penalty minutes in 58 games during the 2013-14 season to rank fourth in the AHL in that category. He stood ninth in the league with 202 penalty minutes in 42 games in 2012-13.
A native of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Gallant played three seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2005-08. He registered 8-4-12 and 439 penalty minutes in 131 career QMJHL games, including 5-1-6 and 192 penalty minutes in 48 games in 2006-07.