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Blue Jackets strengthen defensive corps with acquisition of Ian Cole from Ottawa Senators

 

Ian Cole with Penguins in 2017 By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

IN EXCHANGE FOR FORWARD NICK MOUTREY AND 2020 THIRD ROUND DRAFT PICK

Two-time Stanley Cup champion has posted 18-72-90 in 385 career NHL games

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for center Nick Moutrey and a third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  He was previously acquired by the Senators on Saturday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

Cole, 29, has registered 18 goals and 72 assists for 90 points with 332 penalty minutes and a +64 plus/minus rating in 385 career NHL games with the Penguins and St. Louis Blues.  He has added 1-13-14, 44 penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating in 56 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests and helped the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017.

 

The Ann Arbor, Michigan native posted 3-10-13 with 52 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 47 games with the Penguins this season.  In 2016-17, he set career highs with 5-21-26, 72 penalty minutes and a +26 plus/minus rating in 81 games with Pittsburgh before collecting 0-9-9 in 25 playoff contests to help the club win its second-straight Stanley Cup.  The 6-1, 219-pound defenseman registered 0-12-12 and 59 penalty minutes in 70 games with Pittsburgh in 2015-16 prior to adding 1-2-3 and 14 penalty minutes in 24 Stanley Cup contests.

 

“Ian Cole is a hard-working, competitive defenseman who we know very well having drafted him in St. Louis,” said Kekalainen.  “He is a very good defender and a two-time Stanley Cup champion who can bring a lot of intangibles to our group.”

 

Cole was St. Louis’ first round selection, 18th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft.  The blueliner registered 17-48-65 and 153 penalty minutes in 111 games at the University of Notre Dame from 2007-10 and was named a NCAA (West) First Team All-American in 2008-09 after notching 6-20-26, 58 penalty minutes and +15 in 38 games.  He has represented the United States at various international tournaments, including the 2008 and 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships.

 

Moutrey, 22, has posted 17-17-34 and 99 penalty minutes in 136 career American Hockey League games with the Lake Erie/Cleveland Monsters from 2015-18, including 3-3-6 and 18 penalty minutes in 22 games this season.  Columbus’ fourth round pick, 105th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Toronto, Ontario native tallied 58-98-156 and 226 penalty minutes in 261 career Ontario Hockey League games with the Saginaw Spirit and North Bay Battalion.

 

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Blue Jackets make roster moves with Hannikainen and Sonny Milano

February 26, 2018

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS RECALL LEFT WINGS MARKUS HANNIKAINEN AND SONNY MILANO FROM AHL’S CLEVELAND MONSTERS

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wings Markus Hannikainen and Sonny Milano from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

 

Hannikainen, 24, has posted two goals and two assists for four points with six penalty minutes in 29 games with Columbus this season to raise his career NHL totals to 3-3-6 and 12 penalty minutes in 43 outings.  He has also appeared in eight games with Cleveland in 2017-18, picking up three assists.  He has registered 26-34-60, 42 penalty minutes and a +13 plus/minus rating in 115 career AHL games and added 3-7-10 in 16 games during the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, helping the Monsters win the AHL championship.  The Helsinki, Finland native was signed by Columbus as a free agent in April 2015.

 

Milano, 21, has registered 8-5-13 with six penalty minutes in 35 games with the Blue Jackets and added 2-3-5 and four penalty minutes in nine contests with the Monsters this season.  The Massapequa, New York native has notched 8-6-14 and six penalty minutes in 42 career NHL games and has 34-54-88 with 50 penalty minutes in 136 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons.  He was the Blue Jackets’ first round pick, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

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Indians claim RHP Ben Taylor off waivers

The Cleveland Indians today claimed RHP BEN TAYLOR off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. To allow room for on the 40-man roster for Taylor the Indians placed RHP CODY ANDERSON on the 60-day Disabled List (rehabilitation, right elbow surgery).

Taylor appeared in 14 games for Boston in 2017, posting a 0-1 record and 5.19 ERA (17.1IP, 20H, 10ER, 9BB, 18SO) across four stints. He made his MLB debut on April 7 at Detroit, striking out the lone batter he faced (Ian Kinsler). Taylor also recorded one save on May 17 at St. Louis, tossing the final inning and striking out two batters. He missed time July 26-August 30 with a left intercostal strain, and spent the remainder of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket after being activated from the D.L. With Pawtucket he posted a 2.70 ERA and 2 saves in 12 relief outings (13.1IP, 7H, 4R/ER, 5BB, 12SO, .156 avg). He was on the Triple-A D.L. from May 28-June 25 with right elbow inflammation.

The 25-year-old was selected by the Red Sox in the seventh round of the June 2015 Draft out of the University of South Alabama, and has a 1-4 record and 2.95 ERA (49ER/149.2IP/165 SO) in 64 career Minor League games.

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Indians sign veteran reliever Matt Belisle

Matt Belisle in 2016 By Keith Allison on Flickr - Originally posted to Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The Cleveland Indians recently announced the club has signed free agent RHP MATT BELISLE (#46) to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training camp, bringing the total number of non-roster invitees to 23.

Belisle, 37, spent the 2017 season with the Minnesota Twins, posting a mark of 2-2 with 9 saves and a 4.03 ERA in 62 relief appearances (60.1IP, 48H, 27ER, 22BB, 54SO, .218 avg). He served as the club’s primary closer over the last two months of the season following the trade of RHP Brandon Kintzler, converting 9 of his 11 save opportunities after July 31. The Austin, TX native’s 8.06 strikeouts per 9.0 IP were the second-best mark of his career and his .218 batting average against was a new career-low. He also recorded 14 holds, which were tied for sixth in the American League at the All-Star Break.

Belisle owns a 14-year Major League career record of 51-57 with 14 saves and a 4.19 ERA in 660 appearances/44 starts (894.1IP, 975H, 416ER, 227BB, 686SO) with five Major League clubs. He began his professional career in 1998 (Atlanta Braves, 2nd round) and was later traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2003 for LHP Kent Mercker. He is currently ninth among all active pitchers in appearances (660), spending five seasons with the Reds (2003-2008) and six seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2009-14). He led the National League in appearances in 2012 (80) and is Colorado’s career all-game games pitched leader.

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Reds announce that Olympian Nick Goepper to throw out first pitch on Opening Day

Silver Medalist In Slopestyle From Lawrenceburg, Indiana

 

 

Olympic freeskier Nick Goepper will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 2018 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day game on Thursday, March 29 at Great American Ball Park.

The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native won a silver medal in the men’s slopestyle competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Nick Goepper (courtesy olympic.org)

The Reds open the 2018 season against the Washington Nationals at 4:10 p.m.

This is the second time Nick will throw out a ceremonial pitch at Great American Ball Park. In 2014, following his bronze medal-winning performance at the Sochi Olympics, Nick threw out the first pitch on Reds Opening Night.

Additional 2018 Reds Opening Day ceremonies will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

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