The Columbus Blue Jackets and Zach Werenski have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $5 million a season according to Kevin Weekes.
Werenski, 22, had played 237 games for the Blue Jackets scoring 128 points (38 goals, 90 assists). The former Calder Trophy candidate averages 22:08 of ice time per game. In the 2018-19 campaign, he finished fourth on the team in assists and sixth in points.
Deal should be official later today.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 9, 2019
Werenski will take part in the Blue Jackets training camp later this week after signing the new deal. The deal is described as a “team-friendly” deal. Werenski is now the second-highest paid defenseman on the team behind Seth Jones ($5.4 million). Both Werenski and Jones current contacts are set to expire after the 2021-22 season. Signing two top defenseman helps the Blue Jackets have a stable lineup. Now they can focus on signing a forward after losing superstar forward Artemi Panarin this offseason.
With Werenski signed for 3 years with a cap hit of $5M, we now show the #CBJ with $10.8M in projected cap space
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 9, 2019
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