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Columbus Blue Jackets assign Dalpe, Kukan to Cleveland Monsters

Kukan selected to play in his first AHL All-Star Classic on January 28-29

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Zac Dalpe and defenseman Dean Kukan to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Dalpe, 28, made his Blue Jackets debut on Oct. 6 vs. the New York Islanders and has recorded 13 penalty minutes in 10 games this season. He has also notched three goals and seven assists for 10 points with 21 penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating in 14 games with Cleveland, including points in five-straight games played from Dec.23-Jan. 6 (3-3-6). He has posted 12-12-24 and 36 penalty minutes in 138 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes since making his NHL debut in 2010-11. The Paris, Ontario native has added 100-100-200, 119 penalty minutes and is +8 in 284 career AHL games with the Monsters, Iowa Wild, Rochester Americans, Utica Comets, Charlotte Checkers and Albany River Rats. Claimed off waivers by Columbus from Minnesota on Feb. 27, 2017, Dalpe was originally Carolina's second round pick, 45th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

Kukan, 24, who was selected to play in his first AHL All-Star Classic on January 28-29 in Utica, New York, has registered 1-12-13 and 18 penalty minutes in 28 games with the Monsters this season. He has tallied 8-47-55 and 69 penalty minutes in 133 career AHL games with the Monsters since 2015-16 when he helped the club capture the Calder Cup championship. A native of Volketswil, Switzerland, he was signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent in June 2015. He has a +9 plus/minus rating in eight career NHL games, all of which came during the 2015-16 campaign.

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