Blue Jackets getting Damon Severson in sign-and-trade, per sources - ESPN
The Columbus Blue Jackets are continuing to aggressively remodel their defense, acquiring Damon Severson from the New Jersey Devils in a sign-and-trade that gives the defenseman a new eight-year, $50 million contract, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday.
Severson, 28, signed the contract worth $6.25 million annually with the Devils, who then traded him to the Blue Jackets for a third-round pick (No. 80 overall) in this month's draft, sources said. New Jersey was the only team that could offer Severson, who was a pending free agent, an eight-year contract.
He was expected to be one of the more sought-after free agent defensemen this summer. But much like when the Los Angeles Kings inked Vladislav Gavrikov to a two-year deal earlier in the week, another big name is now off the market.