Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 74° Cloudy
Sports >  NHL

Kraken acquire winger Oliver Bjorkstrand from Blue Jackets for two 2023 draft picks

July 22, 2022 Updated Fri., July 22, 2022 at 2:07 p.m.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand  takes control of the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 29, 2021 in Chicago. The Seattle Kraken traded a 2023 third- and fourth-round pick to the Blue Jackets to acquire Bjorkstrand on Friday.  (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
The Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand  takes control of the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 29, 2021 in Chicago. The Seattle Kraken traded a 2023 third- and fourth-round pick to the Blue Jackets to acquire Bjorkstrand on Friday. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Geoff Baker Seattle Times

Some needed firepower was again added by the Kraken on Friday when the team acquired 28-goal-scoring Columbus Blue Jackets winger Oliver Bjorkstrand for a pair of 2023 draft picks.

Bjorkstrand, 27, a 6-foot, 177-pound onetime Portland Winterhawks junior product, is coming off a season in which he scored a career high for goals and in points with 57. In return for the Denmark native, the Kraken sent the Blue Jackets a third- and fourth-round pick next summer.

“We’re excited to welcome Oliver to our organization,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said in a release. “He’s coming off of a career year offensively playing top minutes in Columbus. His creativity and hockey sense will be good additions to our forward group.”

The move comes nine days after the Kraken signed free agent Colorado Avalanche winger Andre Burakovsky to a five-year, $37.5 million deal and adds some badly needed offensive production. His goals and points totals were more than any other Kraken player had last season.

Bjorkstrand’s breakout season was preceded by a 2010-21 campaign in which he also scored 18 goals in just 56 games. He has four years remaining on a five-year contract signed in January 2021 that averages $5.4 million annually.

With the move, the Kraken now have just over $5 million in additional salary cap space remaining for next season.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.