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Joonas Korpisalo signs two-year contract with Blue Jackets

Backup goalie could have become restricted free agent July 1

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Goalie Joonas Korpisalo signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Financial terms of the contract were not released, but The Columbus Dispatch reported Korpisalo, 23, would make $700,000 in 2017-18 and $1.1 million in 2018-19, for an average annual value of $900,000. He could have become a restricted free agent July 1.

Korpisalo was the backup to Sergei Bobrovsky this season after being recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Jan. 10. Korpisalo was 7-5-1 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 14 games (13 starts).

The Blue Jackets selected Korpisalo in the third round (No. 62) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He is 23-16-5 with a 2.68 GAA and .915 save percentage in 45 NHL games the past two seasons.

Because Bobrovsky has a no-movement clause in his contract, Korpisalo could be exposed to the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft; Columbus can protect one goaltender.

Teams must submit their protected list of players by 5 p.m. ET on June 17. The Golden Knights' selections will be announced during the NHL Awards on June 21 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

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