He's Back: Mark Letestu Signs a One-Year, Two-Way Contract With the Blue Jackets

By Rob Mixer on September 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu skates during warm-ups at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
Sergei Belski – USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back (again), Mark Letestu.

Just days after being released from a professional tryout agreement with the Florida Panthers, the Blue Jackets have brought the veteran center back into the fold.

The 33-year-old joined the Blue Jackets for a second time down the stretch last spring, after a trade with the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers that landed him in Columbus for the team's playoff run. Originally acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a November 2010 trade, Letestu has played 253 games with the Blue Jackets in two stints from 2011-15 and 2017-18.

The Blue Jackets placed Letestu on waivers at noon today for purpose of assignment to the Cleveland Monsters, where he'll presumably begin the season.

From the club's release:

The Elk Point, Alberta native tallied 9-14-23 and 10 penalty minutes in 80 contests with the Oilers and Blue Jackets in 2017-18, including 1-3-4 in 20 appearances with Columbus after being acquired in a trade on February 25.  In 2016-17, he posted NHL career highs in goals, points and power play goals with the Oilers, collecting 16-19-35, 17 penalty minutes and 11 power play tallies in 78 games.  Letestu was originally acquired by Columbus in a trade from Pittsburgh on Nov. 8, 2011 and posted three-straight campaigns of 10 or more goals and 24 or more points from 2011-14.  He was signed by the Penguins as a free agent in March 2007 after spending 2006-07 at Western Michigan University.

The Blue Jackets play their penultimate preseason game tomorrow night, the "dress rehearsal" game at Nationwide Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Follow 1st Ohio BatteryFacebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

View 3 Comments