The Blue Jackets have signed D Zach Werenski to a 3 year deal worth $5 million per season.
Werenski, 22, will have one RFA season remaining at the conclusion of this contract.
Aaron Portzline tweets that the situation with University of Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly is of great importance to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets drafted Reilly in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. In three seasons since then, Reilly has played 112 games over three seasons with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, notching 18 goals and 67 assists. He led the Gophers in scoring as a defenseman in 2014-15. Because he’s approaching the fourth June since he’s been drafted, Reilly could be approaching unrestricted free agent status, much in the same way that college players Blake Wheeler and Kevin Hayes did before him.
The Blue Jackets can offer something other teams couldn’t if Reilly were to go to free agency. As Portzline notes, Reilly could be in the Blue Jackets lineup this season if he signs, meaning that Reilly could burn the first season of his entry-level contract.
James Wisniewski has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks, reports Aaron Portzline.
The Blue Jackets acquire Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a 2015 2nd round pick.
Wisniewski has 2 seasons left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.5 million annually. Rene Bourque, signed through next season at a cap hit of $2.563 million, will offset some of that.
After weeks of trade speculation, the Columbus Blue Jackets have instead re-signed RW Cam Atkinson.
Atkinson was scheduled to be a RFA this summer, and would have been UFA-eligible in the summer of 2016.
Pierre Lebrun reports that Atkinson’s salary goes from $2.5 million in year 1, to $3.5 million and then $4.5 million in year 3.
Jordan Leopold has been traded to the Wild for Justin Falk and a 5th round pick.
Aaron Portzline reports that there’s lots of buzz around Cam Atkinson tonight.
He notes that the Bruins have strong interest in Atkinson, who will be a RFA after this season.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have done the unthinkable: they’ve moved David Clarkson‘s contract. The Leafs take on the contract of the injured Nathan Horton from the Blue Jackets.
The NHL insures contracts up to five years in length, so Nathan Horton’s seven year contract came out of Columbus’ pocket even though even he doesn’t suit up for them again. With Clarkson, the Jackets get a player who could potentially be a third-line winger at the NHL level. As Toronto is a cap-ceiling team, they can replace Horton’s cap-hit with cap hits of an equivalent amount.
After 2014-15, Clarkson has five seasons left at $27.5 million ($5.25 cap hit). Horton has five seasons at $26.1 million left ($5.3 million cap hit).
From February 26th’s TSN Insider Trading:
Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks definitely want to use the money available from placing Patrick Kane on LTIR on a player with to term on his contract beyond this season. He says, at this point, the Hawks are the most interested team in making a deal before the deadline, and that Antoine Vermette is the player most in demand throughout the league. The Blackhawks are seriously interested in Vermette, but also Curtis Glencross and Cam Atkinson.
Pierre Lebrun reports that Capitals are interested in Erik Cole, Curtis Glencross and Joffrey Lupul.
Darren Dreger says there’s no guarantee that any of Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf or Tyler Bozak are traded before the deadline, there is “a lot of interest and activity” surrounding the trio.
Pierre Lebrun says the Boston Bruins have been looking for a winger for over a month. They’ve been in on Chris Stewart for a while now. They are also interested in Erik Cole, Cam Atkinson and Curtis Glencross.
Darren Dreger says a Jeff Petry trade talks haven’t produced a satisfactory offer as of yet, and re-signing is unlikely at this point, so GM Craig MacTavish continues to wait.