COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets
have signed goaltender Ty Conklin
and defenseman Tomas Kloucek
to two-way National Hockey League - American Hockey League contracts, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed
The 6-0, 184-pound Conklin joins the Blue Jackets after spending last season with the Edmonton Oilers
. In 18 games, he went 8-5-1 with a 2.80 goals against average, .880 save percentage and one shutout. In 60 career NHL games, spanning three seasons with the Oilers, he went 27-19-5 with a 2.49 GAA, .905 SV% and two shutouts.
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Conklin has also played in 83 career AHL games and posted a 33-27-11 record with a 2.61 GAA and five shutouts. He has represented Team USA at the 2004 and 2005 World Championships and backstopped the club to a bronze medal in 2004. He was also named the tournament's Outstanding Goaltender that year as he posted a 4-0-1 record with a 2.00 GAA, .934 SV% and one shutout.
Conklin signed with Edmonton as a free agent on April 18, 2001 after a stellar career at the University of New Hampshire. He played in 93 games and went 57-23-12 with a 2.17 GAA and seven shutouts. Among the awards he won during his tenure at UNH were: Hockey East First Team All-Star (2000, 2001), Hockey East Player of the Year (2000 - co-winner), NCAA East Second All-American Team (2000), NCAA East First All-American Team (2001) and was the co-winner, along with Brian Gionta
, of the Walter Brown Award, which is give to New England's Outstanding American-born college player. Prior to his college career, he played two seasons with the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers and registered a 3.02 GAA and a pair of shutouts in 60 games.
Kloucek (pronounced KLOH-chehk) spent the 2005-06 season with the AHL's Chicago Wolves, collecting 0-1-1 and 94 penalty minutes in 33 games. He also appeared in one game and picked up two penalty minutes with the Atlanta Thrashers
. He has played in 140 career NHL games and recorded 2-8-10, 248 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of -9 with the Thrashers, Nashville Predators
and New York Rangers
The 6-3, 235-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic was the Rangers' sixth pick, 131st overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft. He spent parts of four seasons in the Rangers organization, including 2001-02 when he appeared in a career-high 52 games and tallied 1-3-4 and 137 penalty minutes. He was a member of the Predators organization for a year before joining the Thrashers. In 2003-04, he notched 0-1-1 and 35 penalty minutes in 42 games with Nashville and Atlanta.
Klouchek, a member of the AHL's All-Rookie Team in 2000, has recorded 5-23-28 and 460 penalty minutes in 190 career AHL games. Prior to his pro career, he played one season with Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after playing three seasons with Slavia Praha's junior team in the Czech Republic.