NHL throws out Grigorenko’s contract, won’t allow him to join Blue Jackets

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In case you missed it, the Columbus Blue Jackets singed former NHLer Mikhail Grigorenko to a one year contract.

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Well… now that deal is being thrown out by the NHL for violating terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA). 

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Wait… what!?

Well, in effect the Blue Jackets signed Grigorenko for the 2020-21 season, but because the 2019-20 season hasn’t officially ended Grigorenko cannot yet be signed. It’s expected that Grigorenko will officially sign with the Blue Jackets on July 1st when free agency opens.

In any case, the Khabarovsk, Russia native has spent the past three seasons with CSKA in the Kontinental Hockey League, combining for 46-70-116, 28 penalty minutes and a +64 plus/minus rating in 147 games from 2017-20. He finished second on CSKA in goals and fourth in assists and points in 2019-20 with 19-22-41, four penalty minutes and was +16 in 47 outings. In 2018-19 he was named to the KHL First All-Star Team after leading CSKA in assists and points, while finishing eighth-T in the league in assists and 10th-T in points with 17-35-52, 10 penalty minutes and a +33 plus/minus rating in 55 regular season contests. He also led the club to the 2019 Gagarin Cup championship after leading the KHL in playoff goals and points with 13-8-21 in 20 games.

Prior to that the 25 year old spent parts of five seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche where he put up 22 goals and 64 points in 217 games.