Blue Jackets Sign Speedy Forward Anthony Duclair To a One-Year Deal

By Rob Mixer on July 5, 2018 at 4:32 pm
Anthony Duclair of the Chicago Blackhawks signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

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Jarmo Kekalainen seems determined to build the Blue Jackets' forward depth.

He saw Matt Calvert and Thomas Vanek walk out the door via free agency, then added Riley Nash with a prudent July 1 pact for three years. Then there's the ongoing Artemi Panarin situation.

And Thursday, after some reporting hula-hoops that began in Montreal, Anthony Duclair appears set to sign a one-year deal with the Blue Jackets.

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the contract is worth $650,000. Duclair spent part of last season with the Chicago Blackhawks, who didn't tender him a qualifying offer, making him a free agent.

Duclair, 22, was a third-round pick of the New York Rangers in 2013 – and was heralded for his speed and offensive upside. The offense hasn't come around just yet, but this is a low-risk, potentially high-reward deal for the Blue Jackets as he's still a young player. Duclair was traded from the Rangers to Arizona Coyotes in 2015 as part of the Keith Yandle deal, and in 2015-16, had a breakout season of 20 goals and 44 points.

The news of Duclair deciding to sign with the Blue Jackets was first reported by Jeremy Filosa of Montreal radio earlier Thursday.

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