NHL.com is reporting that winger Mike York has signed a 1 year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Financial terms were not released but it is believed to be in the $750K range. Despite reports that York had signed with Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, it appears that he has opted out of that contract to continue his tenure in the NHL. If he did in fact opt out of a KHL contract it would be valid since York inked the deal before the new NHL-KHL player movement agreement mediated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was sealed. Update: As it turns out, York signed a 2-way deal that will pay him $750K in the NHL and $100K in the AHL. If York does not make the big team in Columbus this is surely a sign that York's career has taken a nosedive, no offense Mike.
York is a 578 game NHL veteran having notched 127 goals and 195 assists for 322 career points. For his full background please refer here.
Welcome back to the NHL Mike, even if you never really left!