The last pending RFA has been signed.
The Blue Jackets and center Emil Bemstrom agreed to a two-year deal with a $900k AAV that will keep him under contract through the 2023-24 season. He will be an RFA again when the deal expires.
“Emil is a skilled and offensive forward who has the ability to find the back of the net with an accurate shot,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. “He is young and still developing but we believe he has a lot of potential to become an important part of our organization over the next few seasons.”
Bemstrom, 23, scored six goals and 11 points in 41 regular-season games this past season and has totals of 19 goals and 36 points in 117 career regular-season games over three seasons. He also appeared in five playoff games during the 2019-20 season.
The club selected Bemstrom with the 117th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.