The Columbus Blue Jackets put forward Alexander Wennberg’s name on waivers on Thursday in an attempt to buy out his contract.
“Decisions like this are never easy, but we believe it’s in the best interest of our team right now,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen commented on the team’s website.
Recall that the Blue Jackets had granted, Wednesday, a two-year contract for a total value of $ 10.6 million to former Montreal Canadiens player Max Domi. Kekalainen must necessarily manage the payroll of his team.
Wennberg, 26, had for his part three more seasons to go under his contract for an amount of $ 4.9 million per year on payroll. In 2019-2020, Wennberg was limited to 22 points, including five goals, in 57 games for the Blue Jackets. The Swede has also hit the target three times in 10 playoff games in addition to adding two assists.
Later in the day, Kekalainen began to reshape his defense by sending two defenders to different skies. He traded Ryan Murray, second overall in the 2012 draft, to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round selection in 2021, according to The Athletic.
Murray’s career has been greatly affected by injuries so far. In 2019-2020, he was forced to miss around 40 games due to back problems. Limited to 27 games, he collected nine points. He also added an assist in nine playoff games.
Murray, 27, will become a free agent with compensation at the end of the next campaign. He commands a salary of $ 4.6 million.
Earlier, the Blue Jackets made a minor trade with the Panthers, sending defenseman Markus Nutivaara to Florida in return for forward Cliff Pu.
The Finnish full-back played 244 games in a Columbus uniform, recording 60 points. He is one of the few seventh round picks (189e in total in 2015) to have made its way into the Bettman circuit.