Blue Jackets trade Bjorkstrand to Kraken for picks

Posted: 23/07/2022 in NHL
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The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to the Seattle Kraken on Friday in exchange for a third- and fourth-round selection in the 2023 draft.

Bjorkstrand led the Blue Jackets with 28 goals in 2021-22, and his 57 points ranked second on the team.

The Blue Jackets had to shed some cap space after adding Johnny Gaudreau and re-signing Patrik Laine on lucrative deals. Bjorkstrand has four years remaining on his current deal and carries a cap hit of $5.4 million.

“It was a difficult decision to trade Oliver, who has given so much to our organization over the past seven years,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

Bjorkstrand’s deal includes a 10-team no-trade list that kicks in for the 2022-23 campaign.

Picked by Columbus in the third round of the 2013 draft, Bjorkstrand has 111 goals and 123 assists in 382 games, all with the Blue Jackets.

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