CALVERT ARRIVES AND BASS TO COLUMBUS
October 17, 2011 - Despite having a well-deserved off-day after earning four out of six points this past weekend, the Springfield Falcons had some roster movement on Monday. Coming in is Matt Calvert, assigned by Columbus to Springfield, while Cody Bass is headed to Columbus for the first time this season. Over the last five days, the Falcons have seen the additions of Danny Taylor, Cam Atkinson and Calvert, while Alexandre Giroux and Bass have gone up to the Blue Jackets.
Calvert, 21, has recorded one assists, two penalty minutes and is +1 in five games with the Blue Jackets this season. He made his NHL debut last season on January 7 at Anaheim and tallied 11-9-20, 12 penalty minutes and was +3 in 42 games with Columbus. He began the season in Springfield and collected 13-12-25 and 12 penalty minutes in 38 games.
The Brandon, Manitoba native was the Blue Jackets’ fifth pick, 127th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft. He collected 47-52-99, 70 penalty minutes and was +47 in 68 games for the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings in 2009-10. He was selected to the WHL Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team. He added 9-7-16 and 15 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games to help Brandon reach the Memorial Cup Final and was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team. He notched 99-131-230, 181 penalty minutes and had a cumulative plus/minus rating of +83 in 198 career games with Brandon, including 10-10-20, 24 penalty minutes and was +13 in 18 career playoff games.
Bass, 24, has collected two goals and two assists for four points and 13 penalty minutes in five games with Springfield this season. He was scoreless in one game for the Ottawa Senators in 2010-11 and registered 6-9-15 and 111 penalty minutes in 58 games for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. He was awarded the Yanick Dupré Memorial Award as the AHL’s Man of the Year. He added 2-2-4 and 24 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games to help Binghamton win the Calder Cup.
A native of Owen Sound, Ontario, Bass made his NHL debut against Atlanta on December 15, 2007 and has tallied 2-2-4 and 34 penalty minutes in 34 career NHL games with Ottawa. In 176 career AHL games with Binghamton and Springfield, he has totaled 18-25-43 and 329 penalty minutes. Prior to his professional career, he notched 40-84-124 and 371 penalty minutes in 247 career OHL games with Mississauga and Saginaw.