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[Signing] Blue Jackets re-sign Oliver Bjorkstrand

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If Bjorkstrand was a Canuck and Benning gave that contract to him, boy...Canucks Twitter would not be a pretty sight today. Never broken 40pts (although was playing at a 60pt pace last season) - that's a big contract for a guy with it all still to prove.

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I'm not sure I agree with the idea that this kind of payday is premature.  I tend to be pretty conservative, particularly when it comes to paying young player prematurely....but...


Bjorkstrand has always presented as a 'real deal' type player imo - very intelligent and consistent.


And his outcomes in the past few years may be a bit misleading - ie he may have been more impressive than it appears on the surface.


For me, one think that stands out:

- two years ago he had 20 (of his 23) goals at even strength.

- again last season, 18 of his 21 (team leading) goals came at even strength.


It may seem a bit much ($5.4) at this point - but he still has a year at 2.5....and by year 5 of this extension...? 

I think they probably have a pretty consistent 30ish goal scorer in Bjorkstrand (can never 'bank' on something like this, but I think he's probably a pretty good 'risk').


What is a bit hard to figure is the general disposition of Columbus' management....they seem pretty unpredictable.

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