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Blue Jackets re-sign BJORKSTRAND

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On Sunday, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they had signed restricted free agent Oliver Bjorkstrand to a three year contract.

GM Jarmo Kekalainen said:

“Oliver is a gifted player with a tremendous shot and scoring instincts who has improved steadily during his first three seasons as a pro,” said Kekalainen. “He is just scratching the surface of the type of player he can be and we believe he has the potential to be a dynamic offensive player for our club.”

UNDERSTATEMENT, IMHO

BJORKSTRAND finally broke through as a full time NHLer this season, playing in all 82 games and accumulating 40 points. His shooting percentage dropped to 6.7, but if he can get that up - and if he plays second line minutes - I could see him taking another step forward this season and getting over 20 goals.

If he develops like I think he can, that $2.5M cap hit will be a steal.

With this signing and Ryan Murray accepting a qualifying offer yesterday, the Blue Jackets have re-signed all 3 of their pending restricted free agents.