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Blue Jackets sign Foligno to a three-year deal

Jul 6, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

Nick Foligno, Jan Hejda AP

The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline is reporting that Nick Foligno has agreed to a three-year, $9.15 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. That represents a sizable raise over the $1.55 million he made in 2011-12.

Foligno had a career-high 47 points and 124 penalty minutes in 82 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. As a restricted free agent, Ottawa dealt his rights to Columbus in exchange for defenseman Marc Methot.

The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t have many appealing skilled forwards beyond Rick Nash – who they are likely to trade this summer – so Foligno shouldn’t have much difficulty landing a top-six spot next season. He might also get more playing time with the man advantage in Columbus after averaging 1:45 minutes with the Senators in 2011-12.

Foligno will turn 25 on Oct. 31 and he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this contract.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Maybe I’m wrong, but if the BJs mgmt ever decides to pull their head out of their keesters, they may be a team other players want to play for in about 5 years with the prospects and depth players they’ve been stocking up on.

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