Blue Jackets signal Werenski to 6-year extension


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Zach Werenski to a six-year, $57.5 million contract extension Thursday by the 2027-28 season.

The 24-year-old Werenski, from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and the College of Michigan, has 65 targets and 124 assists in 335 profession NHL video games, all with the Blue Jackets. He has 4 targets and 9 assists in 29 playoff video games.

“Town of Columbus has been so good to me, it is near residence and my household and as I thought of it, it was actually a no brainer,” Werenski stated in an announcement. “I am a Blue Jacket. I wish to proceed to be a Blue Jacket and do every little thing I can to carry a Stanley Cup right here.”

Werenski had seven targets and 20 assists in 35 video games final season.

“Zach Werenski has been one of many prime defensemen within the Nationwide Hockey League over the previous 5 years and we’re thrilled that he’ll proceed to be a Blue Jacket and the chief of our blueline for at the very least the subsequent seven years,” basic supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen stated in an announcement. “As gifted as Zach is and as a lot as he has achieved so early in his profession, he’s a good higher particular person and will probably be a foundational participant for our membership as we transfer ahead.”

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