The Columbus Blue Jackets are preparing to buy out the final year of forward Jared Boll‘s contract, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Boll, 30, had just one goal and two assists in 30 games last season, with 61 PIM. A buyout will cost the Jackets $566,666 against the cap in both 2016-17 and 2017-18, according to General Fanager. His cap hit was $1.7 million.
It will be the second Blue Jackets buyout of this offseason, the other being Fedor Tyutin.
Boll was drafted by Columbus in 2005. Lauded for his “toughness, determination and a great work ethic,” he signed a three-year, $5.1 million contract extension in September of 2013, but has struggled to stay healthy since.
The Jackets have confirmed that Boll has been placed on waivers for the purpose of being bought out.
“Over the past 10 years, Jared Boll has been an impact player for the Columbus Blue Jackets on the ice and one of our best ambassadors in the community and for that we are extremely thankful,” said GM Jarmo Kekalainen. “Everyone here has great respect and affection for Jared and wish him well. This decision was a difficult one, but one that we believe is in the best interest of our club at this time.”