Blue Jackets agree to three-year contract with RFA Josh Anderson

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson. (Paul Vernon/AP)

The Columbus Blue Jackets and restricted free agent forward Josh Anderson have agreed to a three-year, $5.55 million contract.

Anderson, 23, completed his entry-level contract at the end of last season and has been in a contract stalemate with the Blue Jackets all summer. There was even some speculation that he had asked for a trade, although Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen disputed that report.

According to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, the contract that Anderson agreed to was one that the Blue Jackets had offered him months ago.

The Blue Jackets open the season on Friday against the New York Islanders, but it’s unclear for now if Anderson will be in the lineup.

Anderson is coming off his first full season with the Blue Jackets. In 78 games last year, the right-winger had 17 goals and 29 points.

Anderson’s deal means Andreas Athanasiou of the Detroit Red Wings is the only restricted free agent yet to sign with his club.

October 2, 2017


Josh Anderson

Columbus Blue Jackets
3 yrs
$1.85 million
$5.55 million

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