Breaking: Young center inks contract worth over $15 million!

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed young forward Boone Jenner to a four-year contract worth $15 million, it was revealed in a breaking news report first posted by team writer The Athletic's Aaron Portzline, on Thursday. 

Jenner’s agent, Joe Resnick, confirmed the deal on Thursday via Twitter. Hence, both parties will not be going to arbitration.

Jenner is coming off a 2017-18 NHL season that saw him appear in a total of 75 regular season games with the Blue Jackets and in those games he managed to record 13 goals and 19 assists for a total of 32 points over the season. 

While Jenner  has seen his numbers dip in each of the past couple seasons since 2015-16, he still put up decent numbers this past year, echoing his previous season in which he appeared in 82 games recording 18 goals and 16 assists for a total of 34 points over that season. Back in 2015-16, Jenner broke out with a 30-goal, 49-point campaign. 

Two straight years of consistent play are likely why the Blue Jackets have decided to hand a longer term commitment to the 25-year-old center, getting a significant raise at the same time. It’s an $850,000 raise over the $2.9 million annual salary Jenner made in his previous contract.

Jenner, who would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2020, is not under contract until 2021-22.

The Blue Jackets will be able to count on Jenner defensively as well, he would has been putting up impressive numbers in the block shot department. In each of the last three seasons, he’s led Blue Jackets’ forwards in blocked shots: 83 last season, 80 in 2016-17 and 71 in 2015-16.

While Columbus is dealing the intense trade rumors surrounding star player Artemi Panarin, Jenner is likely a candidate for the Blue Jackets’ third line. The new member of the Blue Jackets, Riley Nash, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Boston Bruins, might pair up with Jenner on the energy line. However, if Panarin is indeed on the move, Jenner could get a promotion and be could elevated to the second line. 

This new contract and raise could certainly push him to work harder in that role. 

The Blue Jackets selected Jenner in the second round, 37th overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft.