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Left-wing Johnny Gaudreau signed a seven-year contract that carries a $9.8 million cap hit with the Columbus Blue Jackets after becoming an unrestricted free agent at 12 noon ET on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old set career-highs last season when he notched 40 goals (tied for 15th in the NHL) and 115 points (tied with Florida Panthers left-wing Jonathan Huberdeau for second) in 82 regular-season games. Gaudreau also tallied three goals and 14 points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
He reportedly left $15-17.5 million on the table after leaving the Flames for the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets add a huge boost to their offense after finishing 2021-22 14th in the league with a 3.15 goals-per-game average and 24th with a 18.6% power-play efficiency. Gaudreau averaged 2:57 per game on the power-play, most among Calgary forwards, and earned six goals and 25 points on the man advantage.
The Blue Jackets now have $3,116,667 million in salary cap space.
By Harrison Brown