Spencer Machacek, last season’s leading scorer for the St. John's IceCaps, has been traded in a swap of right-wingers between the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets.
In return for Machacek, the Jets receive Czech forward Tomas Kubalik from Columbus.
Both players will report to the AHL affiliates of their new teams, with Machacek headed to the Springfield Falcons and Kubalik joining the IceCaps.
The 24-year-old Machacek had 18 goals and 32 assists for a team-leading 50 points with St. John’s last season, and performed well during 13 games with the Jets, scoring twice and adding seven assists. But Machacek’s 2012-13 season has mirrored the IceCaps’ overall struggles in the campaign as he has 11 goals, 14 assists and a team-worst minus-23 rating.
Kubalik, 22, has spent 54 games with the Falcons this season, scoring 14 goals and 20 points. Columbus’ sixth pick, 135th overall, at the 2008 draft, Kubalik has a goal and three assists in 12 NHL games with the Blue Jackets, spread over the 2009-10 and ‘10-11 seasons. The 6-3, 215-pounder from Plzen in the Czech Republic has played in 190 AHL games, with 49 goals and 47 assists.
As an extension, the IceCaps are also getting defenceman Patrick Cullity from the Falcons. The 25-year-old Culitty, who has spent most of this season with Idaho of the ECHL, is on an AHL contract, so his acquisition by the IceCaps officially had to be a separate transaction from the Machacek-Kubalik trade, which involves players on NHL contracts.