The Columbus Blue Jackets are ahead of schedule in their rebuild, but they're still looking to the future.
They locked up a big piece of it for another two seasons on Tuesday with the announcement of a contract extension for forward Matt Calvert.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"I love being here, I love being part of this team. This is where I want to be," Calvert said.
Calvert, 23, has nine goals and 16 points with 32 penalty minutes in 42 games played this season, his third in the Blue Jackets organization. He's sidelined with a broken finger suffered in an April 18 game against the Los Angeles Kings.
Selected by Columbus with its fifth pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, he has recorded 20 goals, 39 points and 60 PIMs in 97 games with the Blue Jackets.
"Matt is a dynamic young winger that plays with great tenacity at both ends of the ice and we look forward to his continued development and contributions to our hockey club," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement released by the team.
A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Calvert spent three seasons in the Western Hockey League with his hometown Brandon Wheat Kings, amassing 99 goals and 230 points in 198 games played from 2007-10.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound left wing has appeared in 128 career American Hockey League games with the Springfield Falcons, registering 40 goals, 82 points and a plus-6 rating.
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