COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets
today announced that the club has acquired forward Spencer Machacek
from the Winnipeg Jets
in exchange for forward Tomas Kubalik
. Machacek will report to the Springfield Falcons
of the American Hockey League.
Machacek, 24, was selected by the Winnipeg franchise in the third round, 67th overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft. The 6-1, 195-pound right winger has recorded 2-7-9 in 25 career NHL games with the Thrashers/Jets and 93-132-225 in 341 career AHL games, including 11-14-25 in 57 appearances with the St. Johnís IceCaps this season. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Machacek won a Memorial Cup championship with the Vancouver Giants
in 2007 and registered 77-91-168 in 203 career Western Hockey League games prior to signing his first professional contract with Atlanta on March 27, 2008.
Columbusí sixth pick, 135th overall, at the 2008 NHL Draft, Kubalik has tallied 1-3-4 in 12 career appearances with the Blue Jackets. The 6-3, 215-pound right winger has skated in 190 career AHL contests, recording 49-47-96. A native of Plzen, Czech Republic, Kubalik has scored 14 goals and dished out six assists for 20 points in 54 appearances with the Springfield Falcons