Columbus Blue Jackets sign Johnny Gaudreau on a seven-year deal

 | July 14, 2022


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The team landed the star forward for $68.25m, equally $9.75m/year.

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On Wednesday afternoon the Columbus Blue Jackets added Johnny Gaudreau to its roster. The forward will be with the team for the next seven years on a $68.25m deal.

The 28-year-old LW (Left Wing) spent each of his nine of his NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames, scoring 609 points in 602 games. Last season, in 82 games, Gaudreau scored 115 points, a career-high.

In a news release, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said: “Johnny Gaudreau is a superstar in the National Hockey League, and we couldn't be happier to welcome him to the Columbus Blue Jackets family.”

Kekalainen added: “He is an elite player with great character that makes the players around him better. We are thrilled to add a player of his caliber to our group. This is an exciting day for our franchise, our fans and the city of Columbus.”

Gaudreau has finished fourth in the NHL MVP voting in two of the past four seasons. Although the Calgary Flames tried to bring him back to the team, Gaudreau informed them he didn’t intend to sign with them.

Flames GM Brad Treliving commented: “We did everything possible to keep John here. It's my strong belief that this is a family decision, and I respect that fully.”

Multiple teams tried to work out deals to add Gaudreau to their lineup, one of which was the Philadelphia Flyers, Gaudreau's favorite team as a child.

Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher added: “We don't have the space to pursue those high-end free agents. I talked to a lot of teams about maybe getting cap flexibility. We looked at some different options. The price of moving contracts is really expensive.”

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