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