The Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, have signed goaltender Ty Conklin and defenseman Tomas Kloucek to two-way NHL/AHL contracts, club president and general manager Doug MacLean announced Thursday.
As is club policy, terms were not disclosed
Conklin joins the Blue Jackets after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals with the Edmonton Oilers. In 18 NHL games in 2005-06, Conklin went 8-5-1 with a 2.80 GAA, and he owns a career NHL record of 27-19-5 in 60 appearances with the Oilers.
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Conklin also appeared in five AHL contests last season with Hamilton and Hartford, going 2-2-1. He has played in 80 career AHL games, posting a combined record of 34-27-12. Conklin led the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Calder Cup Finals in 2003, and represented the United States at the World Championships in 2004 and 2005.
Kloucek collected one assist and 94 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Chicago Wolves in 2005-06, and has totaled five goals and 23 assists, along with 460 PIM, in 190 career AHL games with Chicago, Milwaukee and Hartford.
Kloucek was a member of the AHL’s All-Rookie Team in 1999-2000, when he helped the Hartford Wolf Pack capture the Calder Cup championship.
The 26-year-old native of Prague, Czech Republic, has picked up 10 points (2g, 8a) and 250 PIM in 141 career NHL games with Atlanta, Nashville and the New York Rangers.