Press release from the Columbus Blue Jackets puts the official stamp on it: Gold Medal Goloubef is on his way to the pro ranks.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Cody Goloubef to a standard three-year entry level contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced Arpil 29. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Goloubef, 20, (pronounced GO-luh-behf) registered three goals and 11 assists for 14 points, 64 penalty minutes and was +13 in 42 games during his junior season at the University of Wisconsin (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) in 2009-10. He ranked third among club defensemen in points and plus/minus rating and helped the Badgers reach the National Championship game.
"Cody comes from a very successful program at Wisconsin and we believe it is the right time for him to begin his professional career," Howson said.
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Goloubef was the Blue Jackets' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft. He collected 12-25-37, 180 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +18 in 118 career games with Wisconsin. He notched 0-1-1, eight penalty minutes and was +10 in six games at the 2009 World Junior Championships, helping Team Canada win the gold medal.
Deposits for 2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets season tickets, as well as 10- and 20-game plans, are being accepted now. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.
We'll put up Detroit's press release up when (I'm not bothering with "if") Brendan Smith's signing goes public.