It's finally here. NHL free agency officially begins Wednesday at noon as league teams attempt to improve.

Johnny Gaudreau- Free Agency

Johnny Gaudreau- Free Agent

Calgary Flames' star Johnny Gaudreau was the most sought-after free agent, and the Columbus Blue Jackets swooped.

Hours after the free agency ended, Gaudreau signed a seven year contract with Blue Jackets.

Johnny Gaudreau- Seven Year Contract

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Johnny Gaudreau- Biggest Free Agency

Gaudreau spent nine of his NHL seasons in Calgary. He will be spending his next nine in Columbus, Ohio.

Johnny Gaudreau- NHL Season

Multiple reports claim that Gaudreau signed a seven year contract with the Blue Jackets as a left winger.

Johnny Gaudreau- Blue Jackets

Chris Johnston, NHL insider, reported that Gaudreau earns an average of $9.75 million annually.

Johnny Gaudreau- NHL Insider Reports

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Gaudreau was an All-Star last season and is coming off his best year as a professional hockey player.

Johnny Gaudreau- Best Year Deal

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