GM: Blue Jackets stay in the present but plan for the future

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FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Russian ice hockey player Mikhail Grigorenko holds his children after arriving at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia from the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Blue jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced the signing Monday, April 20, 2020, of forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year contract for the 2020-21 season. A person with knowledge of the contract says it’s worth $1.2 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team does not release contract terms.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Not knowing whether the hockey season is over, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says the team is trying to stay in the present while also planning for next season.

He announced the signing of Russian forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year contract for the 2020-21 season worth a reported $1.2 million. That deal was later rejected by the NHL, and the Blue Jackets said it was due to a ‘misunderstanding with regard to the filing window; and that it will be resubmitted July 1.

Earlier, Columbus reached a two-year deal with goaltender Joonas Korpisalo worth $5.6 million.

Kekalainen said the team is embroiled in talks with the league about if and how to continue playing the current season.

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