The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward Artem Anisimov to a three-year, $9.85 million contract, while the San Jose Sharks re-signed Andrew Desjardins to a two-year contract and James Sheppard to a one-year deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anisimov’s new annual cap hit is $3.283 million, a nice raise over the $1.875 million per season on his last deal. Despite inconsistency and injuries last season, he had 11 goals and 18 points in 35 games, and gelled with former Rangers teammate Marian Gaborik when the latter was dealt to the Jackets at the trade deadline. If he can stay healthy and improve his offensive game, Anisimov could be well worth his new raise.
As for Desjardins and Sheppard, the Sharks haven’t released financial terms yets, but Sheppard made $825K at the NHL level on a two-way contract, while Desjardins made $640K last season on a one-way deal. I doubt their new deals will be substantially more than those salaries.