When prized free of charge agent Johnny Gaudreau chose to signal a huge deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, the hockey earth was shocked by the news.
But Gaudreau himself did not give the determination a 2nd imagined, signing for seven a long time and $68million.
“I preferred to appear here. This was normally a position circled on my record,” Gaudreau claimed all through his introductory news convention.
The Blue Jackets have designed a name with some in NHL circles as struggling to keep talent soon after investing away youthful core gamers like Seth Jones and Cam Atkinson, and Gaudreau resolved these considerations head-on.
“I’m not actually sure about any other gamers. We’re not talking about why persons don’t want to be at Columbus it’s not a subject matter in the locker place,” he explained.
“For me, I just heard so many good factors from former players, and it made me truly feel definitely cozy with my determination to occur here.”
Considering that their inception in 2000, Columbus have never received a division crown and have yet to perform in a Meeting remaining series. The Blue Jackets missed the playoffs very last year with a 37-38-7 history.
“I believe you will find a large amount of possible,” the 28-12 months-previous winger said. “I considered it was a very good spot for me individually. We can have a whole lot of success in this article.
“They have bought excellent gamers on this group. And I’m actually on the lookout ahead to jumping in with this team. I have listened to a whole lot of fantastic things.
“They’re a close-knit team, and that’s who you want to play with are men who get alongside in the locker area and like coming to the rink and performing with each other just about every one working day, and it is really just a nutritious environment to be about, and which is enjoyable to me.”
Gaudreau expended the starting of his vocation with the Calgary Flames, tallying 609 details (210 aims, 399 helps) in 602 game titles. He set vocation highs with 40 objectives and 75 assists very last year.
A New Jersey indigenous, Gaudreau had been connected to groups in the U.S. Northeast, including the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, right before in the long run selecting Columbus.