Second best scorer of the last NHL regular season, Johnny Gaudreau has found his happiness.
The American forward signed a seven-year, $68.25 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on the opening day of the free agent market.
Author of 115 points in 82 regular season games in 2021/22, Johnny Gaudreau was one of the most coveted free agents. The 28-year-old left-winger announced on Tuesday that he wanted to leave Calgary, where he had spent his first nine NHL seasons. He will earn an average annual salary of 9.75 million in Columbus.
The other big “winner” of the day on Wednesday is Robert Thomas (77 points in the regular 2021/22 championship). The 23-year-old Canadian center has extended his contract with the St. Louis Blues by eight years until 2031, for a salary of $8.13 million per season.
Unhappy finalist of the last Stanley Cup, Tampa Bay has also broken the bank to keep three of its players. Mikhail Sergachev ($8.5 million per season), Anthony Cirelli ($6.2 million) and Erik Cernak ($5.2 million) all signed new eight-year deals with the Lightning.