The Columbus Blue Jackets
added free agent James Wisniewski
with a big contract this summer, and made sure Wednesday that another key member of the defense corps will be around for a long time as well.
General manager Scott Howson announced the Blue Jackets signed defenseman Fedor Tyutin
to a six-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported the deal is worth $27 million, so the salary cap hit will be $4.5 million per season.
Defense - CBJ
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 20 | PTS: 27
SOG: 128 | +/-: -12
Tyutin, who will make $3.425 million in 2011-12, would have been an unrestricted free agent this coming July.
"Pleased to announce 6 year extension for Fedor Tyutin
," Howson wrote Wednesday on Twitter. "Fedor has been our top dman since we traded for him. He signed the deal this morning."
The 28-year-old joined Columbus in July 2008 in a trade from the New York Rangers
for Nikolay Zherdev
and Dan Fritsche
. Tyutin has 22 goals and 93 points in three seasons with the Blue Jackets.
His average ice time was between 20:02 and 20:33 during parts of four seasons with the Rangers, but Tyutin has played at least 22:42 per game each campaign with Columbus.
Tyutin has also represented Russia in the past two Olympics, collecting 4 assists in 17 games. A second-round pick by the Rangers in the 2001 Entry Draft, Tyutin has played at least 80 games in each of the past four NHL seasons.
Portzline also reported Tyutin has a no-trade clause for the first three years of the deal and a modified NTC in the final three.