Thursday January 1st, 2015

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Wednesday that they've signed winger Nick Foligno to a six-year contract extension.

Terms of the deal weren't revealed by the team, but Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports that the deal is worth $33 million total. The contract also includes a partial no-trade clause, according to Johnston.

“Nick has been an important contributor to the growth of our team over the past two years and keeping him in the Blue Jackets family has been a priority,” said general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. “The fact that we were able to get this deal done is a testament to Nick’s commitment to our team and this community and we couldn’t be more excited that he will be a Blue Jacket for many years to come.”

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Foligno, 27, entered Wednesday with 17 goals and 14 assists this season, giving him the team lead in the former and tying him for the lead in the latter. He had a scary moment in October when he was forced to leave a game against the Los Angeles Kings on a stretcher, but Foligno returned five days later.

The Buffalo native was originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 2008 NHL draft and was traded to the Blue Jackets in the summer of 2012.

In 499 career games before Wednesday, Foligno has recorded 61 goals and 87 assists for 148 total points.

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The Blue Jackets entered Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Wild tied for sixth place in the Metropolitan Division with 33 points in 34 games.

Ben Estes

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