Blue Jackets Sign All-star Forward Johnny Gaudreau to a Seven-year/$9.75M AAV Contract

By Coby Maeir on July 13, 2022 at 7:09 pm
Johnny Gaudreau
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Johnny Gaudreau is a Columbus Blue Jacket.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the club signed Gaudreau to a seven-year contract. TSN's Chris Johnston reported that the annual cap hit will be $9.75M.

Gaudreau, who will turn 29 years old on August 13, has played 602 regular-season games over nine NHL seasons, all with the Calgary Flames, and scored 210 goals and 609 points. In 42 career playoff games, he's scored 11 goals and 33 points. 

“Johnny Gaudreau is a superstar in the National Hockey League, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the Columbus Blue Jackets family,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in the team’s release. “He is an elite player with great character that makes the players around him better.  We are thrilled to add a player of his caliber to our group.  This is an exciting day for our franchise, our fans and the city of Columbus.”  

He is a six-time NHL All-Star ('15, '16, '17, '18, '19, '22), a 2021-22 NHL 1st Team All-Star, a 2014-15 NHL 1st Team All-Rookie, and the winner of the Lady Byng Trophy in 2016-17. He has three top-10 finishes in both assists and points and finished second in the scoring race in 2021-22 with 115 points. 

Before playing in the NHL, Gaudreau played three seasons at Boston College, scoring 78 goals and 175 points in 119 games, which includes his junior season when he scored 36 goals and 80 points in 40 games and won the Hobey Baker Award as the best D1 men's college hockey player.

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