Blue Jackets Sign Dalpe, Kukan To Contract Extensions
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Friday that the team’s NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, signed veteran forward Zac Dalpe to a two-year contract extension and agreed to terms with Swiss-born defenseman Dean Kukan on a one-year deal. Both contracts are of the two-way, AHL/NHL variety. Columbus also announced Friday that the team signed goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year, one-way NHL contract extension through the 2018-19 NHL season.
A 6’2”, 201 lb. right-handed native of Paris, ON, Dalpe, 27, was selected in the second round (45th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In 129 career NHL appearances for Carolina, the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild spanning parts of seven seasons from 2010-17, Dalpe logged 12-12-24 with 23 penalty minutes and a -28 rating. In 270 career AHL appearances for the Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers, Utica Comets, Rochester Americans, Iowa Wild and the Monsters spanning parts of eight seasons from 2010-17, Dalpe contributed 97-92-189 with 98 penalty minutes and a +8 rating.
Dalpe joined the Monsters on February 27, 2017 after Columbus claimed him on waivers from Minnesota and assigned him to Cleveland, for whom he registered 8-6-14 in 20 appearances last season with 22 penalty minutes and a -2 rating. In nine appearances for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild last season, Dalpe supplied 1-2-3 with nine penalty minutes and added 2-0-2 in 12 appearances in 2016-17 for the AHL’s Iowa Wild. Prior to his professional career, Dalpe posted 34-36-70 with 44 penalty minutes and a +19 rating in 76 NCAA appearances for Ohio State spanning two seasons from 2008-10.
A 6’2”, 196 lb. left-handed native of Volketswil, Switzerland, Kukan, 23, posted 4-25-29 with 43 penalty minutes in 72 appearances for the Monsters last season, leading all club defensemen in assists and points, ranking third on the team in assists and games played (T3rd) and fifth on the Monsters’ roster in scoring. In 105 career AHL games played spanning each of the past two seasons for the Monsters, Kukan registered 7-35-42 with 51 penalty minutes and added 1-4-5 with two penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 17 postseason appearances for the Monsters in 2016, helping the team claim the Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions. An undrafted skater, Kukan logged a +9 rating in eight NHL appearances for the Blue Jackets during the 2015-16 season and spent parts of four seasons from 2011-15 with Lulea in the SHL.