Falcons sign Bass, St. Pierre, Byers

SPRINGFIELD — The Columbus Blue Jackets, National Hockey League (NHL) affiliate of the Springfield Falcons have signed center Cody Bass, left wing Dane Byers and center Martin St. Pierre to one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League (AHL) contracts, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced this month

Bass, 24, was scoreless in one game for the Ottawa Senators in 2010-11. He registered six goals and nine assists for 15 points and had 111 penalty minutes in 58 games for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, and 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, Canada, Bass made his NHL debut against Atlanta on Dec. 15, 2007 and has tallied 2-2-4 and 34 penalty minutes in 34 career NHL games with Ottawa. In 171 career AHL games with Binghamton, he has totaled 16-23-39 and 316 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.

Byers, 25, combined to record 15 goals and 31 assists for 46 points and had 161 penalty minutes in 85 AHL games with Connecticut, Springfield and San Antonio during the 2010-11 season. He led the Rampage and ranked ninth (tied) in the AHL in shorthanded goals (three), while ranking second on the club in assists, third (tied) in points and fifth (tied) in goals.

A native of Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada, Byers has collected 84-116-200, 682 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +16 in 324 career AHL games, including a career high 25-27-52 and 100 penalty minutes in 74 games in 2009-10. He missed the majority of the 2008-09 season due to injury.

The Rangers’ fourth pick, 48th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Byers made his NHL debut Feb. 5, 2008 versus Los Angeles. He has 1-0-1 and 31 penalty minutes in six career NHL games with the Rangers. Prior to his professional career, he tallied 49-50-99 and 518 penalty minutes in 236 career games with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League.

St. Pierre, 27, split the 2010-11 season between Salzburg (Austria), Nizhnekamsk (Kontinental Hockey League) and Karpat (Finland) combining to notch 12-16-28 and 34 penalty minutes in 46 games. He has tallied 114-291-405 and 394 penalty minutes in 367 career AHL games with Edmonton, Norfolk, Rockford, Providence and Binghamton.

He had a career high 27-72-99, 100 penalty minutes and was +15 in 65 games with Norfolk in 2005-06 and has registered at least 20 goals and 65 points in four of his five AHL seasons. He was named to the AHL All-Rookie team in 2006, AHL First All-Star Team in 2007 and AHL Second All-Star Team in 2008.

A native of Embrun, Ontario, Canada, he played four seasons with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-04. He collected 108-212-320, 277 penalty minutes and was +54 in 257 career OHL games. He set career highs in 2003-04 when he notched 45-65-110, 95 penalty minutes and was +35 in 68 games.

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