Duclair signs one-year deal with Blue Jackets


Anthony Duclair signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for one year and $650,000 in what he termed a "wake-up call" on Friday.

Duclair, 22, is now with his fourth NHL team. He became a free agent when the Chicago Blackhawks decided not to offer him a new contract.

"It's definitely a huge wake-up call," Duclair said in a conference call, per USA Today. "You're a 22-year-old free agent, it's not the best thing out there. Obviously, it's going to raise some eyebrows and raise some questions."

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Drafted in the third round by the New York Rangers in 2013, Duclair played in 18 games for the Rangers in 2014-15, then was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Duclair enjoyed a breakout season in his Arizona debut, finishing with 20 goals and 24 assists in 81 games. He struggled the following year however and then was traded last season to Chicago.

Between Arizona and Chicago in 2017-18, Duclair finished with 11 goals and 12 assists in 56 games.

The Blue Jackets are hoping he can rediscover the magic from his rookie year.

"Anthony is a skilled, young player with world-class speed who has played in over 200 NHL games as a 22-year-old and was one of the league's top rookies just two years ago," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He is eager for an opportunity to improve as a player, and we think he has a chance to be an impactful addition to our hockey club."

--Field Level Media

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