Blue Jackets sign Gagner to $650,000, one-year deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Sam Gagner to a $650,000, one-year deal.

Agent Jeff Jackson confirmed the terms of the contract, which Gagner signed exactly a month into NHL free agency.

Gagner is a low-risk, high-reward signing for Columbus after his previous contract was worth $4.8 million a year. He's 26 and has 124 goals and 228 assists in 615 games.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen called Gagner a ''talented, right-handed-shot center'' who will add skill and depth to the roster.

Gagner spent last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, putting up eight goals and eight assists in 53 games. The sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, Gagner played seven seasons for the Edmonton Oilers and one for the Arizona Coyotes.

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