COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed goaltender Wade Dubielewicz off waivers from the New York Islanders and assigned goaltender Dan LaCosta to the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 17.
Dubielewicz, 29, has appeared in 37 career NHL games with the Islanders, compiling a 16-13-2 record, 2.55 goals-against average and .920 save percentage from 2003-08. In 2007-08, he went 9-9-1 with a 2.70 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in a career-high 20 games with the club. He spent the first part of the 2008-09 season with Kazan Ak-Bars of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League, where he posted an 11-8-3 record and 2.77 goals-against average in 21 games.
Signed by the Islanders as a free agent prior to the 2003-04 season, Dubielewicz split four of his first five seasons between New York and the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He went 80-64-13 with a 2.53 goals-against average and 15 shutouts in 162 career AHL games, including 20-8-5 with a 1.38 goals-against average and nine shutouts in 33 games in 2003-04. That year, he was a Second Team AHL All-Star, an AHL All-Rookie Team selection, won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's Rookie of the Year and shared the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals-against) with teammate Dieter Kochan.
A native of Invermere, British Columbia, Dubielewicz played four seasons at the University of Denver, where he posted a 44-26-6 mark with a 2.20 goals-against average and eight shutouts in 85 games. He was a WCHA First All-Star Team selection in 2001-02 and a WCHA Second All-Star Team pick in 2000-01 and 2002-03.
LaCosta, 22, has posted a 12-11-2 record with a 2.72 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout in 28 games with the Crunch this season. Columbus' fourth pick, 93rd overall in the 2004 Entry Draft, he has gone 26-20-6 with a 2.59 GAA, .914 SV% and five shutouts in 62 career AHL games. He was added to the roster on emergency recall on January 8 and did not appear in a game.
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