The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with center Sean Kuraly. The Dublin, OH native spent 5 seasons with the Boston Bruins where he put up 24 goals and 44 assists in 270 games. Kuraly likely replaces Riley Nash as the fourth line center where he’ll take on a defensive role that’ll include time on the penalty kill. The move is likely an effort to stabilize that position and allow younger players to remain in Cleveland or take on more offensive roles in Columbus.
Expect to be a four-year deal worth $10 million #FreeAgentFrenzy @TSNHockey when paper work is completed https://t.co/SGNrTOhgyZ— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 28, 2021
Sean Kuraly is a product of the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA organization and now joins fellow alumni Jack Roslovic in Columbus. He also spent four years at Miami University (Ohio) where he captained the team in 2015-2016. He was selected 133rd overall in the 5th round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks traded him to the Bruins in 2015 in a trade that involved Martin Jones.
Welcome home, Sean!