Bean signed a three-year, $7 million contract with the Blue Jackets on Thursday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. Columbus acquired Bean from the Hurricanes in exchange for a second-round pick Friday. The 23-year-old blueliner drew into 42 games with Carolina last season, picking up 12 points and 55 shots while averaging 14:32 of ice time per contest. Bean will likely slot into a top-four role with the Blue Jackets in 2021-22.
Bean was dealt from the Hurricanes to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a second-round pick Friday, Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman reports. It's a quality addition for Columbus. Bean was exposed by Carolina in the expansion draft earlier this week, but the Kraken elected to grab forward Morgan Geekie instead. Now the Hurricanes pick up a draft pick, while the Jackets add a player who can be reasonably projected to fill a top-four defensive role as early as next season. Bean has displayed a bunch of offensive ability throughout his minor-league career and should get a chance to play heavy minutes for a Columbus team that is clearly embracing a youth movement.
Bean scored a power-play goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 1. The defenseman tied the game at 1-1 with a goal at 1:41 of the third period. Bean hadn't gotten on the scoresheet in his last 10 appearances, and his last goal was 37 games ago. The 22-year-old defenseman is likely to be limited to third-pairing minutes in the playoffs, although he'll still get a look as a power-play specialist.
Bean was promoted from the taxi squad for Monday's game against Dallas, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Bean has been a healthy scratch for the last four games and will suit up for the first time since April 17. The 22-year-old has 11 points in 33 games this season.
The Hurricanes designated Bean for the taxi squad Wednesday, per CapFriendly. Bean has resided on the active roster for the past two games, but he failed to earn a spot in the lineup both nights. In 33 games with the big club this season, the 22-year-old has racked up 11 points across 13:51 of average ice time. Bean will be a prime candidate to return to the active roster for Thursday's game against the Panthers.
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