COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Riley Nash to a three-year contract through the 2020-21 National Hockey League season, club general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Nash, 29, has registered 53 goals and 86 assists for 139 points with 101 penalty minutes in 399 career games with the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes. Since making his NHL debut in 2011-12, he has recorded 20-plus points in four of his five full NHL seasons and added 0-3-3 in 15 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests. In 2017-18, Consort, Alberta native set career highs in goals, assists, points and plus/minus with 15-26-41, 18 penalty minutes and a +16 plus/minus rating in 76 contests with the Bruins.
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"Riley Nash is right-handed center who showed great versatility in having the best season of his career last year," said Kekalainen. "He plays a very sound two-way game, will provide depth for our club down the middle and we are excited to welcome him to the Columbus Blue Jackets family."
The 6-1, 190-pound center posted career highs in games played and shots on goal (125) with 7-10-17 and 14 penalty minutes in 81 contests with the Bruins in 2016-17. He spent his first five NHL campaigns with the Hurricanes, recording 31-50-81 and 69 penalty minutes in 242 career games.
Edmonton's first-round selection, 21st overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft, Nash collected 35-54-89, 72 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 188 career American Hockey League games with the Charlotte Checkers from 2010-13. Prior to turning pro, he notched 37-65-102 with 101 penalty minutes and a +22 plus/minus rating in 102 career games with Cornell University from 2007-10. He was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie Team in 2007-08 and to the league's First All-Star Team in 2008-09.