The NHL has canceled the Columbus Blue Jackets contract with forward Mikhail Grigorenko, the team confirmed on Monday.
The team announced Monday morning that it has signed a one-year contract for the 2020-21 season with the former Avalanche and Sabers, including Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. reported was worth $ 1.2 million. A longtime team beaten by writer Aaron Portzline said the league canceled the deal “because it doesn’t comply with the CBA.”
Renaud Lavoie of TVA indicated that the contract specifically violated article 50.8 (d) of the collective agreement:
Later Monday, the Blue Jackets confirmed the league’s decision to cancel the deal and announced plans to resubmit the contract on July 1.
“Earlier today, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that forward Mikhail Grigorenko has signed a one-year contract for the 2020-21 National Hockey League season. The contract was later rejected by the NHL’s central registry due to a misconception regarding the deposit window, ”the statement said.
“We have been in contact with the league and Dan Milstein, Grigorenko’s agent, and the contract will be tabled on July 1. “
Grigorenko last played in the NHL in the 2016-2017 season. The 25-year-old has spent the last three seasons in the KHL with CSKA Moscow and has come out of two particularly productive campaigns in which he has amassed a total of 93 points in 102 games with the Russian club.
Although the club’s first attempt to bring the attacker back to the NHL was unsuccessful, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen clearly expressed the club’s opinion of Grigorenko when the initial agreement was announced .
“He’s just starting to be at his peak as a player,” said Kekalainen on Monday, via BlueJackets.com. “… we have observed him in the past two years and we have been interested in him for the past two years. And it got better. But time will tell on the North American side. We believe in its potential. We think he has a lot of these ingredients that will make a player successful here.
“… He can play in all the advanced positions, which is excellent for versatility. It’s a left stroke, but he can play on the right, left and center. He plays special teams. He’s a power play player. We’ll see where it can fit. “