The Blue Jackets signed forward and captain Rick Nash to an eight-year contract extension worth $62.4 million. Nash will have an annual salary cap hit of $7.8 million.
Nash, the first overall pick in the 2002 draft, is Columbus' all-time leading scorer with 355 points.
EN Says: Fantastic move by the Blue Jackets. Nash is a special player and getting him at $7.8 million per season is a very reasonable number. There had been speculation that Nash would serve out the final year of his contract and cash in big-time next offseason, but this makes quite a brings a sense of respect to the franchise that has mostly been absent throughout its short existence.
With Nash in for the long haul, this should make it easier to bring in and retain other star players for Columbus.
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