The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Wednesday afternoon that forward Alexandre Texier will not be joining the club for the 2022-23 season.
« Over the past year, I have experienced personal issues and challenges and feel that I need to be close to my family at this time, » Texier said in a statement released by the Blue Jackets. « I have love and respect for the city of Columbus, the Blue Jackets and the fans because everyone has always treated me first class. I really appreciate the support, help and empathy that I received from the team management, coaching staff, doctors, coaches and my teammates. It was a tough decision, but it’s the best one for me right now.
Texier would be sign with a team in Switzerlandalthough a more official announcement is expected soon.
“Alexandre Texier and I recently had a very long conversation during which he indicated to me that he was not ready to resume his NHL career at this time,” said the general manager of the Blues. Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen in the same release. « Although we are disappointed Tex will not be joining us for the 2022-23 season as we had planned, but his mental health and well-being remain our top priority and we will continue to support him in any way we can. «
Texier played 36 games for the Blue Jackets last season, scoring 11 goals, nine assists and 20 points before breaking his finger in January. He was healed and close to a return in early March, but instead took time off to be closer to family near Grenoble, France, and did not return for the remainder of the season.
Texier has one year left on a two-year contract with a cap of $1.525 million. Since Texier will be officially suspended for signing in Switzerland, the Blue Jackets won’t have to pay him and his average yearly value won’t count towards the Blue Jackets’ salary cap. Texier is a restricted free agent at the end of the 2022-23 season, so the Blue Jackets will still have their rights when he returns to the NHL.