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Johnny Gaudreau reaches 7-year deal with Blue Jackets

May 26, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) skates during the warmup period against the Edmonton Oilers in game five of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Free-agent forward Johnny Gaudreau agreed to a seven-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night, according to multiple reports.

The deal for Gaudreau, seen as the top player in this year’s NHL free agent market, is reportedly worth $68.25 million, with an average annual value of $9.75 million.

Gaudreau, 28, accounted for 40 goals and 115 points last season for Calgary, his home for all nine of his NHL seasons. In his career with the Flames, Gaudreau had 210 goals and 609 points in 602 games.

A six-time all-star, Gaudreau totaled 11 goals and 33 points in 42 playoff games with Calgary.

–Field Level Media