Blue Jackets sign Blake Parlett and Spencer Machacek to one-year contracts
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Blake Parlett and forward Spencer Machacek each to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, further terms were not disclosed.
Parlett, 24, was acquired from the New York Rangers along with Marian Gaborik and Steven Delisle on April 3, 2013 in exchange for Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, John Moore and a sixth-round draft pick in 2014. In 76 combined games with the American Hockey League’s Connecticut Whale and Springfield Falcons last season, Parlett tallied 8-24-32 in addition to 93 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +9.
A native of Bracebridge, Ontario, Parlett has appeared in 155 career AHL games with Springfield and Connecticut/Hartford, registering 14-44-58 and 148 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 205-pound defenseman has also skated in 58 career ECHL games with the Greenville Road Warriors, tallying 8-31-39 and 57 penalty minutes. He appeared in the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic as a member of Team ECHL.
Machacek, 24, was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets on March 10, 2013, in exchange for forward Tomas Kubalik. Atlanta’s first pick, 67th overall, at the 2007 NHL Draft, Machacek has recorded 2-7-9 and a +6 plus/minus rating in 25 career games with the Jets/Thrashers franchise. The 6-1, 200-pound right winger has also appeared in 359 career AHL games with Chicago and St. John’s, recording 98-141-239 and a +34 rating. He competed in the 2011 AHL All-Star Game as a member of Team West.
Prior to turning pro, Machacek won a Memorial Cup Championship in 2007 as a member of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants. He tallied 77-91-168 and a +56 rating in 203 career WHL games, all with Vancouver, from 2005-08.
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