Later that evening, the team announced their intention to correct the “misunderstanding” and will now file the contract on July 1.
“Earlier today, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced the attacker’s signature Mikhail Grigorenko on a one-year contract for the 2020-21 National Hockey League season. The contract was subsequently rejected by the NHL central registry due to a misunderstanding regarding the classification window. We have been in contact with the league and Dan Milstein, Grigorenko’s agent, and the contract will be released on July 1, “the team said in a statement.
Earlier Monday, Grigorenko and Columbus agreed to a $ 1.2 million over one year contract for the 2020-21 season.
The 25-year-old has spent the last three seasons in the KHL with CSKA and has recorded 116 points in 147 games.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, Grigorenko was offered twice as much money to stay in the KHL, but returning to the NHL was more important.
Grigorenko last played in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016-2017 season. He scored 10 goals and added 13 assists in 75 games.
He was chosen 12th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabers.
The Khabarovsk, Russian native has played 217 NHL games and has 22 goals and 42 assists.