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Jenner signs four-year contract with Blue Jackets

Forward was restricted free agent, had 32 points in 75 games last season @NHLdotcom

Boone Jenner signed a four-year, $15 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. It has an average annual value of $3.75 million.

The 25-year-old forward was a restricted free agent. He had a deadline of 5 p.m. ET Thursday to elect for salary arbitration.

"It's just the organization, first and foremost," Jenner told the Blue Jackets website. "It's a team I've played for, for five years, and I love playing for. I love playing in the city, I love the city … but, really, I think it's the direction that we're going and the things that have changed since my first year, in the culture and different things."

Jenner had 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 75 games last season and three points (one goal, two assists) in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"Boone Jenner has been an important player for the Columbus Blue Jackets with his work ethic, character and leadership on and off the ice," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He is still a young player that is improving in all facets of the game and we couldn't be happier that he will continue to be a key contributor to our team in the years to come."

Columbus selected Jenner in the second round (No. 37) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has 161 points (86 goals, 75 assists) in 342 NHL games and 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 17 playoff games.

"I definitely want to contribute more," Jenner said. "It's something I've always wanted to do, and I don't think anyone really gets satisfied in this league. That's why you work so hard in the summer, to improve your game and be a better player. I don't think you ever stop that. I just want to contribute more and be more of a leader in that aspect."

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