Mikhail Grigorenko Signs a One-Year Deal with the Blue Jackets For the 2020-21 NHL Season (UPDATED)

By Rob Mixer on April 20, 2020 at 10:13 am
Germany defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) and Olympic Athlete from Russia forward Mikhail Grigorenko (25) go for the puck in the men's ice hockey gold medal match during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre.
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UPDATE: Renaud Lavoie of TVA (Canada) is reporting the NHL rejected Columbus' one-year contract with Mikhail Grigorenko. The contract violates section 50.8(d) of the collective bargaining agreement, which states a team and player "cannot enter into a contract that does not cover at least part of the current league year." 

More information came late Monday, via TSN's Bob McKenzie:

The Blue Jackets are bringing a former NHLer back to North America.

After spending three seasons in the KHL with CSKA Moscow, forward Mikhail Grigorenko has signed a one-year deal with Columbus that begins with the 2020-21 NHL season. The 25-year-old was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2012 and was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in the Ryan O'Reilly deal. 

Per Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, Grigorenko's one-year deal with the Blue Jackets is worth $1.2 million.

Grigorenko's last NHL campaign was 2016-17 when he scored 10 goals and totaled 23 points in 75 games with the Avalanche. 

The Khabarovsk, Russia native has spent the past three seasons with CSKA in the Kontinental Hockey League, combining for 46-70-116, 28 penalty minutes and a +64 plus/minus rating in 147 games from 2017-20. He finished second on CSKA in goals and fourth in assists and points in 2019-20 with 19-22-41, four penalty minutes and was +16 in 47 outings. In 2018-19 he was named to the KHL First All-Star Team after leading CSKA in assists and points, while finishing eighth-T in the league in assists and 10th-T in points with 17-35-52, 10 penalty minutes and a +33 plus/minus rating in 55 regular season contests. He also led the club to the 2019 Gagarin Cup championship after leading the KHL in playoff goals and points with 13-8-21 in 20 games.

Grigorenko has also represented Russia seven times in international competition, most recently at the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship. 

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