Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch confirmed on Thursday morning that Cody Goloubef, who has yet to appear in a game for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, has been waived by the Metropolitan Division club.
The other 29 NHL clubs will have 24 hours in which they can place a claim for the defenseman; if no teams opt to pick him up off the waiver wire by noon EST on Friday, he’ll be eligible for reassignment to the AHL by Columbus.
Drafted 37th overall by Columbus in 2007, the 26-year-old defenseman skated for the University of Wisconsin before going pro in the Ohio-based club’s system in 2010.
Since then, he’s skated up and down between the NHL and the AHL, appearing in a collective 96 regular season NHL games and recording two goals and 18 points in the process.
The Blue Jackets have had a notoriously weak blue line over the last handful of seasons, so it’s not altogether surprising that they’re willing to risk exposing one of their members of the corps in order to make room for others in the lineup. Since Goloubef has never really translated to the NHL level the way he did the minors, it makes sense that he’s become the odd man out.
Columbus has kicked off their 2016-17 season with a disappointing 0-2-0 record this year, falling 6-3 to the Boston Bruins and then dropping a 3-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks. They’ll next take on the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow evening, wrapping up an early season homestand.