The left winger signed a seven-year, $68.75 million contract through the 2028-29 season.

COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus Blue Jackets signed former Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau to a multi-year deal.

The left winger signed a seven-year, $68.75 million contract through the 2028-29 season.

“Johnny Gaudreau is a National Hockey League superstar and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the Columbus Blue Jackets family,” said general manager Jarma Kekalainen. β€œHe is an elite player with a great character who makes the players around him better. We are very excited 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.”

According to Aaron Portzlein of The Athletic, the Blue Jackets are still trying to keep Patrick Laine in restricted free agency, but “other moves are necessary now.”

The 28-year-old left winger scored 40 goals during the 2021-2022 season and also led the team with 75 assists and 115 points.

Gaudreau was part of a tall triple threat in Calgary with Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk. Calgary finished first in the Pacific Division, but was later eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round.

Gaudreau is also a six-time All-Star and was a member of the 2015 NHL All-Star Team.

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