Blue Jackets sign William Karlsson, need time for Seth Jones deal

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The Columbus Blue Jackets signed would-be RFA William Karlsson to a two-year contract on Thursday.

While the team didn’t explicitly state that it’s a $2 million deal in their release, they re-tweeted Rob Mixer of their website stating that it’s worth $1 million for each of the next two seasons.

The Swede generated 20 points in 81 games during 2015-16, his first full season with the Blue Jackets. As the 53rd pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, there’s some potential for growth going forward.

Really, though, it’s all an excuse to watch this strangely transfixing GIF:

In less positive news, the Blue Jackets aren’t quite there yet with Seth Jones: