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Kukan signs two-year contract with Blue Jackets

Defenseman could have been free agent July 1

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Dean Kukan signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The defenseman, who has not played since Jan. 2 because of a knee injury, has five points (one goal, four assists) and is averaging 15:58 of ice time in 33 games this season. He could have become a restricted free agent on July 1.

"Dean is a smart and quick, puck-moving defenseman that has improved steadily since joining our organization in 2015," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We are very happy that he will continue to be an important part of our club's deep and talented group of defensemen."

Signed by Columbus as an undrafted free agent on June 1, 2015, Kukan has 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 77 regular-season games and one goal in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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