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Hannikainen signs one-year contract with Blue Jackets

Forward played 44 games for Columbus this season, could have become restricted free agent July 1 @NHLdotcom

Markus Hannikainen signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. No financial terms were disclosed.

The 26-year-old forward could have become a restricted free agent on July 1.

Hannikainen had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 44 games with the Blue Jackets this season, setting NHL career highs in goals, assists, points and games played. He was scoreless in one game for Columbus during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The native of Helsinki, Finland, has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 91 NHL games since making his NHL debut with Columbus on Nov. 28, 2015. He signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent on April 20, 2015, after playing 117 games during four seasons in Liiga, Finland's top pro league.

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