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Blue Jackets sign Bjorkstrand to 5-year contract extension

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed ahead Oliver Bjorkstrand to a five-year contract extension value $27 million.

The deal introduced Wednesday will maintain one of many crew’s finest younger gamers in Columbus via the 2025-26 season. He had one season remaining on his present contract.

“When they started talking to me, you get excited,” mentioned Bjorkstrand, who estimated the deal has been within the works for a month. “It’s definitely very nice to get something done.”

The 25-year-old Bjorkstrand led the crew in targets (21), game-winning targets (5) and multi-point outings (11), and completed third in pictures (162) regardless of lacking 21 video games due to damage within the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season.

“You work hard and try to improve your game all the time. There’s a lot of hard times, where you might be tired but you keep grinding,” he mentioned. “Just very happy that I had the opportunity to sign that kind of contract and set up my future. Very, very pumped about it.”

Bjorkstrand has posted 65 targets and 68 assists in 246 profession video games with the Blue Jackets since making his NHL debut in the course of the 2015-16 season. He has scored 20-plus targets in back-to-back seasons and has three straight seasons with no less than 36 factors. He additionally has six targets and 6 assists in 31 profession playoff video games.

“Oliver is a gifted player that has shown steady improvement throughout (his) career to this point, and we couldn’t be happier that he will be a Blue Jacket for a very long time,” basic supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen mentioned in an announcement. “He is a dangerous offensive player, and we believe he will be an even more impactful player for us as he continues to develop and mature in this league.”

The native of Herning, Denmark, was chosen by Columbus within the third spherical (89th total) in 2013 NHL draft.

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