Another day, another two-way for the Blue Jackets.
Today, the club announced that they signed center Brendan Gaunce to a two-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract through the 2023-24 season.
Aaron Portzline reported the salary structure of Gaunce’s new contract, which you can see in the tweet below.
#CBJ have signed F Brendan Gaunce to a two-year, two-way contract. He was a pending UFA.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) June 18, 2022
Gaunce, 28, played 30 games in Columbus this season.
Hell make $750,00 (NHL) / $450,000 (AHL) next season and $775,000 (NHL) / $450,000 (AHL) in 2023-24. Guaranteed $475k each year.
“Brendan is a competitive forward with good size who can play both the center and wing,” GM Jarmo Kekalainen said in the team’s release. “He played well last season and brings versatility and depth to our forward group.”
Gaunce, 28, who was a pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) heading into this off-season, played 30 games for the Jackets in 2021-22, scoring five goals and seven points while playing 8:06 a night.
The Vancouver Canucks selected Gaunce with the 26th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. In his NHL career, he has played in 148 games for the Blue Jackets, Bruins, and Canucks, and scored 11 goals and 23 points.
In 280 career AHL games for the Cleveland Monsters, Utica Comets, and Providence Bruins, Gaunce has recorded 82 goals and 176 points.