The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Alexander Wennberg on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Wennberg has three years remaining on a six-year contract he signed with the club prior to the 2017-18 season.
"I wish Alex the best of luck and thank him for his contributions, both on and off the ice, to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past seven years," said Kekalainen. "Decisions like this are never easy, but we believe it is in the best interest of our club at this time."
Wennberg, 26, registered 40 goals and 161 assists for 201 points with 85 penalty minutes and a cumulative +5 plus/minus rating in 415 career games with the Blue Jackets, including 5-17-22, 16 PIM and -5 in 57 games during the 2019-20 season. The club's first pick, 14th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft added 4-4-8, 4 PIM and was +1 in 22 career outings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.