Blue Jackets’ Gregory Campbell clears waivers, becomes UFA

Oilers Matt Hendricks and Blue Jackets Gregory Campbell mix it up, trading vicious shots.

Columbus Blue Jackets centre Gregory Campbell cleared unconditional waivers Sunday and has had his contract terminated, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Campbell was placed on waivers by Columbus on Saturday and was not claimed by another team, releasing him from his current two-year $3 million contract signed in July of 2015 and making him a UFA.

The 33-year-old veteran made headlines earlier in October when he faced a team-imposed suspension for failing to report to the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters.

In his first season with Columbus, Campbell played in all 82 games and registered three goals and eight assists. Over his 12-year NHL career (Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins), Campbell has amassed 71 goals, 116 assists and 696 penalty minutes.

He is yet to play an NHL game this season.

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