The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed G Elvis Merzlikins to a 2-year contract:
The Blue Jackets now have both their goalies under contract through the 2021-22 season, as they signed Joonas Korpisalo to a 2-year contract earlier in the week. Merzlikins’ 2-year contract, like Korpisalo’s, covers one RFA year and one UFA year.
Merzlikins, 26, has posted a 13-9-8 record with the Blue Jackets this season with a 0.923 SV% and a 2.35 GAA.
The Blue Jackets have signed forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a 1-year contract.
According to Pierre Lebrun, the contract is worth $1.2 million, and he was offered more than double to stay in the KHL.
Grigorenko, 25, was the 12th overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 2012. He set a career high with 27 points with Colorado in 2015-16. He has played the last three seasons with CSKA Moscow in the KHL.
Grigorenko will be 27 by the time his 1-year deal expires, so he will be a UFA upon its completion.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed G Joonas Korpisalo to a 2-year contract.
The 2-year deal covers one RFA season and one UFA season for Korpisalo.
With Sergei Bobrovsky moving on to Florida, Korpisalo has set a new career-high with 37 games played, sharing the crease with rookie Elvis Merzlikins. Korpisalo put up a 19-12-5 record with a 0.911 save percentage.
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.