Blue Jackets sign NHL’s top free agent, ‘Johnny Hockey’ | Sports


A rocky start to the NHL’s free agency period on Wednesday ended with the Columbus Blue Jackets picking up the hottest player: “Johnny Hockey.”

Johnny Gaudreau enjoyed a career season by signing a seven-year, $68.25 million deal with Columbus as part of the Blue Jackets’ bid to get back to prominence after losing their core stars – including Artemi Panarin – in free agency two years ago.

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