The Columbus Blue Jackets
have signed defenseman Nick Holden to a one-year, two-way NHL
-American Hockey League
contract, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson
announced tonight. Holden will earn $550,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.
Holden, 26, registered three goals and six assists for nine points and 14 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Springfield Falcons
, Columbus’ AHL affiliate, in 2011-12. He missed the majority of the season due to injury. In 2010-11, he appeared in five games with the Blue Jackets and notched 4-21-25, 63 penalty minutes and was +2 in 67 games with Springfield. He set career highs in points and penalty minutes, while ranking second among Falcons defensemen in points.
A native of St. Alberta, Alberta, Holden has collected 17-62-79 and 175 penalty minutes in 222 career AHL games with Springfield and Syracuse since 2008. Prior to his professional career, he tallied 30-61-91 and 116 penalty minutes and 137 games with the Western Hockey League’s Chilliwack Bruins.
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