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Blue Jackets' Savard signs five-year contract @NHLdotcom

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman David Savard to a five-year contract extension that begins in 2016-17 and continues through the 2020-21 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Savard, 24, set career highs and led Blue Jackets defensemen in goals and ranked second in points with 11 goals and 25 assists for 36 points with 71 penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating in 82 games during the 2014-15 season.

His 11 goals were tied with Jamie Heward (2000-01) for the second-most in club history by a blueliner, trailing Bryan Berard’s 12 in 2005-06, while his 36 points were the fourth-most by a defenseman in club history. He also ranked second on the team in time on ice, averaging 22:56 per game.

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