Report: Blue Jackets Fail to Nab KHL Winger Sergei Andronov As He Decides to Stay in KHL

By Sam Blazer on May 25, 2019 at 4:52 pm
Olympic Athlete from Russia forward Sergei Andronov (11) plays the puck ahead of Norway goaltender Henrik Haukeland (33) and defenseman Mattias Norstebo (10) in the second period of the men's hockey quarterfinals during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't afraid to keep going back to the Russian hockey pipeline it appears.

In Elliotte Friedman's 31 Thoughts blog, he mentions that the Blue Jackets were in pursuit of a Russian winger Sergei Andronov that recently played in the Olympics.

From 31 Thoughts:

"18. Sergei Andronov, a 29-year-old winger who played at KHL CSKA Moscow, informed interested NHL teams on Friday that he will stay in Russia. A 2009 St. Louis draft pick who spent two years in the AHL, Andronov got a better offer overseas. Calgary, Columbus and Toronto were among interested parties."

Andronov is up there in age but is also a captain of his club. Last season in 48 games played, Andronov scored eight goals while contributing with four assists for a total of 12 points on the year.

It is peculiar that Andronov was being pursued by the Blue Jackets considering their glut of bottom six wingers. Top end talent is needed and regardless of Andronov's decision, he wasn't going to be that difference maker.

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