Blue Jackets sign Nick Foligno to six-year contract extension
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COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nick Foligno to a six-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced prior to tonight’s game vs. the Minnesota Wild. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Foligno, 27, has registered 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points with 20 penalty minutes in 33 games this season. He leads the club in goals and points (tied) and is among the NHL’s leaders in goals (sixth-tied), points (23rd-tied), power play goals (nine, first-tied) and power play points (17, second-tied).
“Nick has been an important contributor to the growth of our team over the past two years and keeping him in the Blue Jackets family has been a priority,” said Kekalainen. “The fact that we were able to get this deal done is a testament to Nick’s commitment to our team and this community and we couldn’t be more excited that he will be a Blue Jacket for many years to come.”
Playing in his 500th NHL game tonight, Foligno has collected 102-135-237 and 443 penalty minutes in 499 career games with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators. Acquired from Ottawa in exchange for defenseman Marc Methot on July 1, 2012, he has notched 41-48-89 and 144 penalty minutes with a +10 plus/minus rating in 148 games with Columbus. In 2013-14, he tallied 18-21-39 and 96 penalty minutes in 70 games and added two goals, including the overtime winner in Game Four, in six games during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh.
The 6-0, 208-pound native of Buffalo, New York was Ottawa’s first pick, 28th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft. He spent five seasons in Ottawa, including 2011-12 when he had a career-high 15-32-47 and 124 penalty minutes in 82 games. Prior to embarking on his professional career, he played three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves, registering 65-131-196 and 392 penalty minutes in 196 games from 2004-07. He also spent parts of two years with the United States National Development Program and played for Team USA at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships.
Following tonight’s game vs. the Wild, the Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they visit the Arizona Coyotes. Game time from Gila River Arena is 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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