Jackets ink Brett Lebda
|Brett Lebda. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI Agency)
COLUMBUS - The Columbus Blue Jackets signed veteran defenceman Brett Lebda to a one-year contract on Thursday.
Lebda, 30, played in 41 games last season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He registered four points, 14 penalty minutes and was a minus-14.
He was then traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forwards Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson, put on waivers by the Predators, and wound up playing for the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.
"It was always my goal to get back to the NHL," Lebda said. "Columbus gave me a chance to come in and play a lot of minutes down in Springfield, and now I'm here, so it's a good feeling."
Lebda broke into the NHL in 2005-06 with the Detroit Red Wings, and won a Stanley Cup with the Wings in 2007-08.
In 367 career games, Lebda has 19 goals and 53 assists for 72 points. He also has racked up 215 penalty minutes and is plus-17.