Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Forwards Matt Rust and Chad Kolarik in a Pair of Deals

Columbus acquires forward Matt Rust from Florida in exchange for defenseman Mathieu Roy; Jackets receive forward Chad Kolarik from Phoenix in exchange for forward Alexandre Picard

Wednesday, 03.03.2010 / 4:30 PM / News
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired the rights to forward Matt Rust from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Mathieu Roy and have acquired forward Chad Kolarik from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Alexandre Picard, General Manager Scott Howson announced March 3.

Rust, 20, was Florida's fourth pick, 101st overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft. He has tallied 34-43-77, 128 penalty minutes and a cumulative +43 plus/minus rating in three seasons at Michigan. He has appeared in 37 games for the University of Michigan (CCHA) this season, collecting a career-high 11-21-32, 20 penalty minutes and is +12. The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native spent two seasons with the United States Development Program from 2005-07, registering 26-35-61 and 123 penalty minutes in 107 games.

Kolarik, 24, has collected 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points and 41 penalty minutes in 59 games with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage. He ranks tied for second on the club in goals and is fifth in points. He has registered 37-48-85 and 88 penalty minutes in 135 career AHL games.

Phoenix's seventh pick, 199th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Kolarik spent four seasons at the University of Michigan, where he collected 78-96-174, 131 penalty minutes and a cumulative +59 plus/minus rating in 163 career games. He notched a career high 30-26-56, 24 penalty minutes and was +28 in 39 games during the 2007-08 season, en route to earning NCAA West Second All-American and CCHA First All-Star Team honors. The Abington, Pennsylvania native spent two seasons with the United States Development Program from 2002-04, registering 51-56-107 and 67 penalty minutes in 120 games. He is the younger brother of former Blue Jackets draft pick Tyler Kolarik.

The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they visit the San Jose Sharks. Game time from HP Pavilion at San Jose is 10:30 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 10 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations, WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101, and online at BlueJackets.com.

Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
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11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
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C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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