The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Jean-Francois Berube from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The club has also placed center Brandon Dubinsky and left wing Markus Hannikainen on Injured Reserve.
Berube, 27, has gone 9-10-4 with a 3.39 goals-against average (GAA) and .898 save percentage (SV%) in 34 career NHL games with the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks. This season, he is 11-10-3 with a 2.94 GAA and .899 SV% in 24 AHL outings with Cleveland. In 149 career AHL games, he has compiled a record of 89-48-7, 2.40 GAA, .912 SV% with eight shutouts, appeared in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic and helped Manchester win the Calder Cup championship that same year. The Repentigny, Quebec native was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round, 95th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft.
Dubinsky, 32, will be sidelined at least one week due to a strained hamstring injury. He has notched 4-6-10 and 34 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Jackets this season. The Anchorage, Alaska native has posted 151-283-434, 903 penalty minutes and a +33 plus/minus rating in 794 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers. Originally drafted by the Rangers in the second round, 30th overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, Dubinsky was acquired by the Jackets in a trade from the Rangers on July 23, 2012.
Hannikainen, 25, will be sidelined at least one week due to an elbow injury suffered in Tuesday night's game at Tampa Bay. In 34 games this season, he has tallied 4-3-7 and two penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets, setting NHL career highs in goals, points and games played. Signed by Columbus as a free agent on April 20, 2015, the Helsinki, Finland native has registered 8-7-15 and 14 penalty minutes in 81 career NHL games over the past four seasons.