Joonas Korpisalo Re-Signs with the Blue Jackets on a One-Year Deal

By Rob Mixer on July 1, 2019 at 10:29 am
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo hydrates during a stoppage in play at Nationwide Arena.
Aaron Doster – USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jackets seem to have their goaltending plan in place. 

After signing Joonas Korpisalo to a one-year contract on Monday – one worth $1.15 million, per CapFriendly – they have their tandem set for training camp this fall. Korpisalo will do battle with highly-touted rookie Elvis Merzlikins, who is coming over from the Swiss league, for the No. 1 job vacated by Sergei Bobrovsky.

If you haven't heard, Bobrovsky is expected to sign a seven-year deal with the Florida Panthers worth approximately $70 million. 

Korpisalo has seen mixed results during his young NHL career, but his best was his rookie year of 2015-16, when he won 16 of 30 starts and finished with a .920 save percentage. Last season was closer to his career average result, 10-7-3 in 21 starts with a .897 save percentage. The Blue Jackets are hoping the competition with Merzlikins gets Korpisalo going again and can have him push for the starter's job – because he certainly has the ability to do so.