Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson preparing for training camp holdout, agent says

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The Columbus Blue Jackets could be without forward Josh Anderson to open training camp.

Anderson’s agent, Darren Ferris, told The Athletic on Monday that the restricted free agent will not report to camp — which begins Thursday — without a new contract. The Blue Jackets' first exhibition is scheduled for Sept. 19.

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"It’s all status quo,” Ferris told The Athletic (via “There’s no point in attending a camp without having a contract. I spoke with (Blue Jackets assistant general manager) Billy Zito last week. On their part, there’s no urgency to sign him right now. If it takes a little longer, it takes a little longer.”

Ferris also told The Athletic that if Anderson misses a significant portion of training camp, he will skate with a team in Switzerland.

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Anderson, 23, was selected by Columbus in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. He has tallied 18 goals and 16 assists in 96 career NHL games. He registered 17 of those goals and 12 of those assists last season, his first full season in the NHL, despite averaging just 12:01 of ice time per game.

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