NHL free agency opened at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, and within an hour, multiple former Sharks players had found new homes.
While San Jose was locking up Timo Meier on a four-year deal, some of its unrestricted free agents perused the open market. One of those free agents -- winger Gustav Nyquist -- landed in Columbus.
TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that Nyquist agreed to a four-year, $21 million contract with the Blue Jackets.
Four years, $5.5M AAV for Nyquist.— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2019
The team later confirmed that Nyquist had signed a four-year deal but wouldn't release financial terms.
Earlier in the day, the Jackets watched Artemi Panarin sign with the New York Rangers, so while not the player that Panarin is, Nyquist is a nice consolation prize for Columbus.
Nyquist played in 19 regular-season games with the Sharks after being acquired in a February trade with the Detroit Red Wings, totaling six goals and five assists in those contests. He then appeared in all 20 playoff games, tallying one goal and 10 assists before San Jose was eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference final.