Jackets sign Dorsett to three-year deal

Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 5:49 PM NHL.com

Derek Dorsett's mix of toughness with a dash of scoring ability will keep him in Columbus for the next three years.

The Blue Jackets announced Wednesday that they've signed Dorsett, the NHL's leader in penalty minutes this past season, to a three-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed.

Dorsett, 25, scored 12 goals and added eight assists for 20 points in 77 games to go along with his League-high 235 PIM. He is one of only three players since the start of the 1996-97 season to lead the NHL in penalty minutes while reaching double figures in goals. Dorsett set career highs in goals, points, penalty minutes, games played, shots (137) and average time on ice (14:41), while leading the Jackets in hits (199) and ranking fourth in takeaways (36).

"Derek is an extremely competitive and hard-working player," general manager Scott Howson said in a statement announcing the signing. "He has improved every year and we look forward to his continued growth as a player and leader on our team."

Dorsett was chosen by Columbus in the seventh round (No. 189) in the 2006 NHL Draft. He has 24 goals and 32 assists along with 674 penalty minutes in 256 NHL games since entering the NHL in 2008-09.

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