Blue Jackets lock up Laine for another season, retain Jenner for 4 years

Restricted free agent forward Patrik Laine accepted the Columbus Blue Jackets’ qualifying offer of $7.5 US million for the 2021-22 season. 

Also on Wednesday, Boone Jenner signed a four-year, $15 million contract extension that will keep the forward with the Blue Jackets through the 2025-26 season and forward Eric Robinson signed a two-year, $3.2 million extension through the 2023-24 campaign.

Laine, 23, had 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 46 games split between the Blue Jackets and Jets last season. He was acquired by Columbus in a trade with Winnipeg on Jan. 23.

The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed forward Boone Jenner to a four-year deal worth $15 million Wednesday. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

“Last season was a tough one, but I’ve put it in the past and am looking forward to getting back to Columbus and helping this team move forward,” Laine said. “I’ve had a good summer training and I’m excited about what’s ahead for me personally and for our team.”

Laine has 271 points (150 goals, 121 assists) in 351 career games since being selected by the Jets with the second overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

“We are very pleased to have come to terms with Boone, who has been an integral part of our team for the past eight seasons, on this extension,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “From the day he was drafted in 2011, Boone has been a consummate professional with his work ethic, character and leadership. He is an important part of our hockey club and ensuring he remains a Blue Jacket for years to come was a priority for us this summer.”

Jenner, 28, recorded 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 41 games last season. He has 240 points (121 goals, 119 assists) in 530 career games since being selected by Columbus in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Robinson, 26, posted 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 56 games last season. He has 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 120 career games in Columbus.

“Eric has provided size, speed and competitiveness to our lineup since making his NHL debut in 2018,” Kekalainen said. “He is a young player that has steadily improved each year. We believe he has just begun to realize his potential and as he continues to improve will have a significant impact on our hockey club moving forward.”

Original article: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/blue-jackets-lock-up-laine-for-season-retain-jenner-for-4-years-1.6120993?cmp=rss

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