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Blue Jackets sign Duclair to $650,000, 1-year deal

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AP Hockey Writer

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Anthony Duclair to a $650,000, one-year contract.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen on Friday announced the deal, which is worth the NHL veteran minimum.

Duclair remains unfilled potential at 22. He has been traded twice and last week became an unrestricted free agent when the Chicago Blackhawks decided not to offer him a contract to retain his rights.

The 2013 third-round pick was traded by the New York Rangers to the Arizona Coyotes in 2015 and put up career highs with 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points the next season. Arizona traded him to Chicago in January, and the Blackhawks declined to qualify him after eight points in 23 games.

If he can rediscover his 2015-16 level of production, he'll help Columbus replace Matt Calvert, who signed with Colorado. The Blue Jackets signed center Riley Nash to an $8.25 million, three-year contract when free agency opened.

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