Columbus Blue Jackets, Josh Anderson agree to deal

By The Sports Xchange  |  Oct. 3, 2017 at 10:22 AM
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Restricted free agent forward Josh Anderson signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team announced on Tuesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Blue Jackets, but Aaron Portzline of the Athletic reported that the contract is worth a total of $5.55 million.

Portzline reported that Anderson is expected to join the club on Thursday, but it will be coach John Totorella's decision as to whether he plays in the team's opener on Friday night against the visiting New York Islanders.

Anderson collected 17 goals, 12 assists, 89 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating in 78 games last season. The 23-year-old Ontario native also scored and set up a goal versus the Pittsburgh Penguins in the postseason.

"Josh was an important contributor on our team a year ago and we believe he will continue to be an important part of our team in the years to come," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. "He brings size, speed and grit to our lineup and as a young player is still growing and developing with his best years still to come."

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