Mar 10, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Corey Tropp (26) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Corey Tropp

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The Columbus Blue Jackets continued to fortify their playoff roster from last season by re-signing former Buffalo Sabre Corey Tropp to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million, per the team’s website. The team had claimed Tropp off waivers from Buffalo last November.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch also had the money and term of the contract.

This will be Tropp’s first one-way deal in the NHL, which means he can’t play in the minor league AHL without first going through waivers much in the way he did with Buffalo. In Buffalo, he had to clear waivers because of the time spent in the pros. However, that time wasn’t enough to keep him on the Sabres roster. It was in Columbus where the fourth line grinder found a home.

This certainly wasn’t a signing for offense. Tropp tallied two goals and 10 points in 44 games last season in Columbus. However, Tropp brings a heavy physical game and a hard-working defensive style to his team that is hard to overlook for a team looking to round the corner into playoff form. For the Blue Jackets, this represents a low-risk, low-reward signing that adds character and depth to their NHL roster. With a short term and small money, it’s hard to blame Columbus for taking a flyer on the 24-year old bruiser.

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