Erik Gudbranson is on the move again.
Gudbranson, who had an NHL career-high in goals (6), points (17), and plus/minus (+15) last season with the Calgary Flames, is on the move after signing a four-year, $4 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
“You always want to improve your team. It’s probably not unlike what we thought was going to happen. We had some players that departed via free agency. Wish them well,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Wednesday.
“Erik had a hell of a year for us. I think highly of Erik. Erik got himself a hell of a deal, and I’m really happy for him and his family. There’s certain times that things have to fit in your budget as well. I’d love to have Erik Gudbranson here, but it’s got to work.”
Erik Gudbranson to CBJ, four years, $4M AAV.
— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 13, 2022
The 30-year-old 6’5 blueliner was fifth on the Flames in average-time-on-ice for the Flames at 18:08 last season.
He became an unrestricted free agent after his one-year, $1.95 million contract with Calgary expired. He was originally signed last September as an unrestricted free agent.
Gudbranson, originally the No. 3 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, has 94 points (27 goals, 67 assists) and 708 minutes in penalties in 641 career NHL games with the Flames, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, and Florida Panthers.