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Gaudreau bought Bjorkstrand’s house after basically forcing him out of Columbus

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The arrival of Johnny Gaudreau marked the end for Oliver Bjorkstrand in Columbus.  (Photo via Getty)
The arrival of Johnny Gaudreau marked the end of Oliver Bjorkstrand in Columbus. (Photo via Getty)

Johnny Gaudreau made an easy real estate choice when he moved to Columbus, buying the home of a player who had been forced out by his contract.

During the Blue Jackets’ first media appearance of the season, Hockey Operations President John Davidson revealed that a major free agent acquisition had bought the home of former Columbus forward Oliver Bjorkstrand from him. In some strange twist of fate, it was Gaudreau’s acquisition and his seven-year, $68.25 million contract that led to Bjorkstrand’s trade to the Seattle Kraken due to cap restrictions.

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Bjorkstrand, who was on his honeymoon when he found out about his trip to Seattle, said he was surprised by the move, but he should have seen the writing on the wall.

“After Gaudreau signed, I could see that if they signed [Patrik Laine]I thought that someone should leave, he said Columbus Dispatcher after trading. “I knew it was possible. … I guess I haven’t looked into the situation with (newcomers) and future contracts and so forth and where they are (with salary caps) enough, so I wouldn’t say I was expecting that phone call. It was a bit of a shock when I got that call.”

At least he doesn’t have to worry about selling his house in preparation for his first season in Seattle. Silver overlays.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen defended the move stating that the team did not expect to be able to sign Gaudreau, but they had to take the opportunity to get one of the most experienced wingers in the game. And, of course, because the hard cap is what it is, it caused his hand to make a movement that he found difficult.

“Definitely mixed emotions,” Kekalainen. said. “Perhaps the most difficult decision I have ever had to make as CEO of the Blue Jackets is to sell Oliver Bjorkstrand. I have a very high opinion of him, not only as a hockey player, but also as a person.”

Only time will tell if the sacrifice was the right decision. Bjorkstrand, who has spent his entire career with the Blue Jackets, led the team with 28 goals last season and finished second in scoring and was in charge in all three areas.

But on the other hand, Gaudreau scored 40 goals and 115 points for the Flames in 2021-22 and became the most requested player this summer after finishing fourth in Hart Trophy voting. Just small upgrade, in short.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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