COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Jake Bean and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo off the Injured Reserve and assigned goaltender Jean-Francois Berube to the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Bean, 23, has missed the last 14 games with a groin strain suffered on January 30 at Montreal. He has already set single-season career highs with four goals and 11 assists for 15 points, 20 penalty minutes and 58 shots, while averaging 21:14 of ice time in 41 games in his first season with the Blue Jackets in 2021-22. The 6-1, 176-pound blueliner was acquired in a trade from the Carolina Hurricanes on July 23, 2021. Selected by Carolina in the first round, 13th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft, the Calgary, Alberta native has registered 5-22-27, 32 penalty minutes and 114 shots in 85 career games with the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes since making his NHL debut in 2018-19.
Korpisalo, 27, has missed the past nine contests with a lower body injury suffered in warmups at Calgary on February 15. He has gone 6-8-0 with a 3.82 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in 18 games this season. The native of Pori, Finland owns a 75-64-21 record with a 2.99 GAA, .903 SV% and three shutouts in 178 career games with the Blue Jackets since making his NHL debut during the 2015-16 season. He was selected by Columbus in the third round, 62nd overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.
Berube, 30, is 3-1-0 with a 3.25 GAA and .924 SV% in four games with the Blue Jackets this season. He made his team debut on February 20 vs. Buffalo and became the second goaltender in franchise history to start his tenure with three-straight wins (Steve Mason). He has registered a 12-11-4 record with a 3.37 GAA and .902 SV% in 38 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders. The Repentigny, Quebec native owns a 123-90-31 record with a 2.63 GAA, .905 SV% and 12 shutouts in 240 career AHL games since making his pro debut in 2009-10. Signed by Columbus as a free agent to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract on Sept. 30, 2021, the 6-1, 175-pound netminder is 4-9-5 with a 3.37 GAA, .891 SV% and one shutout in 17 appearances with Cleveland this season.
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