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.



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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