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Anderson won't attend Blue Jackets camp without contract: report

Agent says Columbus has 'no urgency' to sign restricted free agent forward with physicals set for Thursday

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Restricted free agent forward Josh Anderson will not report to Columbus Blue Jackets training camp later this week without a contract, The Athletic reported Monday.

Anderson, 23, had 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 78 games for the Blue Jackets last season.

"The [team] hasn't really moved much, so there isn't much to add; it's all status quo," Anderson's agent, Darren Ferris, told the website. "There's no point in attending a camp without having a contract.

"I spoke with (Blue Jackets assistant general manager) Billy Zito last week. On their part, there's no urgency to sign him right now. If it takes a little longer, it takes a little longer."

Ferris added Anderson will skate with a professional team in Switzerland if he misses too much of Blue Jackets training camp, which begins with physicals on Thursday.

"I wanted to have an option for him if it comes to that," Ferris said. "He's fine right now. He's good. He's working hard. He will be ready to play when he's signed."

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