According to a report from Columbus Blue Jackets insider Brian Hedger, the team has signed restricted free agent forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to a three year extension worth an estimated $2.5 million per season.
CBJ have re-signed RFA forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to a three-year extension.
It’s for a total of $7.5 million, w/$2.5 million cap hit, spread evenly over the term of the contract.
The 23 year old Bjorkstrand scored a career high 11 goals and 40 points in 82 games with the Blue Jackets last season, a HUGE increase over his six goals and 13 points from a season prior. The former 3rd round pick (89th overall) has progressed steadily throughout his first three NHL seasons and looks poised to break out in a big way in 2018-19. The talented Danish winger is expected to once again slot in alongside center Alexander Wennberg and winger Nick Foligno on the Blue Jackets’ second line next season.
Once made official, the Blue Jackets will have approximately $5.6 million in cap space with all of their restricted free agents signed.
With the BlueJackets signing their last remaining RFA, Oliver Bjorkstrand to a 3 year contract with a $2.5M AAV, we now show the club with $5.6M in cap space and a roster of 24* (15F - 7D - 2G)
*roster limit is 23: further adjustments to be made
The Blue Jackets have been rumored to be in the mix for former captain Rick Nash, now an unrestricted free agent. Nash, of course, has a long history with the Blue Jackets organization, playing nine seasons for the club after being selected 1st overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Should he elect to sign a new deal with his old team, it’s likely that Nash would push either Bjorkstrand or Foligno down the Blue Jackets’ depth chart.
Then again, with a fairly balanced roster Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekkalainen could elect to stand pat for the rest of the offseason. The team walked away from free agent forward Matt Calvert and replaced him with center Riley Nash in free agency. Other than that, the Blue Jackets will ice much the same team in 2018-19 that they did in 2017-18. Barring a trade involving star forward Artemi Panarin, of course.