Although the 2019-2020 NHL season has yet to conclude with a Stanly Cup final as usual, one thing has not changed for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and that is resigning some major talent to stick around. Impressing the recruiters early with a Jorma Valtonen Award, Joonas Korpisalo set a high bar as a junior hockey player in Finland. He found a new home as a Blue Jacket with the 62ent pick in the NHL 2012 Draft. After years of training as a Monster in Cleveland Ohio, he was given the chance at the pro’s and skated with it. Replacing our #72 Sergi Bobrovsky, upon his departure for the Florida Panthers at the conclusion of 2018-2019 season, when his contract concluded. Korpisalo dawned #70 and got to work in big ways. Our now 26-year-old starter goaltender, Joonas Korpisalo, was given an early birthday present April 14th, a two-year contract extension!
This new contract will take Korpisalo through the 2021-2022 season, and in just two years he is on track to make himself a cool $5.6 million. This will break down with the first season being a $2.2 million paycheck and the second season a dazzling 3.4 million in earnings. Even though injured with a torn knee ligament (right meniscus) in December 2019, Korpisalo more than proved himself in just half a season. He broke numerous records and was hailed as an All-Star Goaltender, by fan vote, in his starting season. Unfortunately due to injury the appearance at the All-Star Game wasn’t possible, the starter returning not long before the Covid-19 pandemic set into Ohio, putting the current 2019-2020 season on hold.
Regardless, his stellar stats speak for themself, with a .913 save percentage over a 31 game start, spanning 17 wins, only 10 losses, and 4 overtimes, not to mention 2 shut outs! I for one am excited to see what Joonas Korpisalo has in his net for Columbus next? If he can break multiple career single-season records, like goals against average, goaltended games, as well as games won, this is a young player full of potential we must keep. Doing this in only a half season before injury, coming back just under 8 weeks later from serious knee surgery, strong as ever, just makes him all the more distinguished and impressive. For not only the next 2 years, but the close out of this season, should a safe time be found for a conclusion, I see Korpisalo being nothing but an asset to the CBJ team and 5th line who cheer them on daily!