As the Blue Jackets roster for the upcoming season comes together, Jarmo Kekalainen sees a team he likes.
And a team that might not be done adding pieces as well.
Three boxes were checked off the general manager's to-do list Monday as the free agency period opened. Restricted free agents Joonas Korpisalo and Ryan Murray re-signed, while Columbus also was a player on the free agent market as veteran winger Gustav Nyquist was inked to a four-year deal.
Nyquist, 29, has recorded 131 goals and 175 assists for 306 points with 128 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating, while averaging 16:31 in time on ice in 500 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. He has posted 40 or more points in all six of his full NHL campaigns and tallied 20 or more goals four times.
"Gustav Nyquist is a skilled, fast, two-way player who will be a great addition to our club both on the ice and in the dressing room," said Kekalainen. "He is a talented playmaker with a versatile game who has been extremely durable throughout his career and we are very excited to welcome him to the Blue Jackets family."
(12:10 p.m.) Defenseman Ryan Murray re-signs two-year deal with the CBJ.
Murray, 25, collected one goal and 28 assists for 29 points with a +20 plus/minus rating and 10 penalty minutes, while averaging 20:23 in ice time per game in 56 outings with Columbus during the 2018-19 season. Despite missing 25 games, including the final 24 of the season, due to injury, he set career highs in assists, points and plus/minus rating a season ago. He ranked second on the club in plus/minus, third in ice time and third among club blueliners in assists and points.
"Ryan Murray is an elite puck-moving defenseman with excellent vision and we are excited that he will continue to be an important part of the young and talented blueline we have in Columbus," said General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen. "He has battled injuries early in his career, but he is still a young player with great upside and we believe his best seasons are ahead of him."
(10:00 a.m.) The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed G Joonas Korpisalo to a 1-year deal.
Korpisalo, 25, has compiled a 41-31-9 record with a 2.89 goals-against average (GAA), .907 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 90 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets. In 2018-19, he went 10-7-3 with a 2.95 GAA and .897 SV% in 27 outings.
"The 2019-20 season will provide Joonas Korpisalo with a great opportunity to prove himself in the National Hockey League and I am confident that he is ready for that challenge," said Kekalainen. "He has played sparingly over the past three seasons and that can be difficult, especially for a young goaltender, but he has all the tools - size, quickness, athleticism and a passion to win - that it takes to be a very successful goaltender in this league."