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Wennberg signs six-year contract with Blue Jackets

Restricted free agent center gets deal reportedly worth $29.4 million

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Restricted free agent center Alexander Wennberg signed a six-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Financial terms were not released, but TSN reported the contract is worth $29.4 million, for an average annual value of $4.9 million.

"We are excited to have signed Alexander to a long-term contract through the 2022-23 season," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He has shown steady improvement throughout his young NHL career and is coming off a very good 2016-17 campaign. At just 22 years old, he has tremendous opportunity to become an integral player for our organization for years to come."

Wennberg had NHL career highs in games (80), goals (13), assists (46), points (59), plus/minus (plus-9), power-play points (23), game-winning goals (five), shots on goal (109) and shooting percentage (11.9) last season. He had one assist in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Selected by Columbus with the No. 14 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Wennberg has 119 points (25 goals, 94 assists) in 217 NHL games, all with the Blue Jackets.

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