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Blue Jackets Sign Zach Werenski for 3-years, $5 Million Per Year

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.

Contract Details

 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. 

 

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