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Artem Anisimov re-signs with Blue Jackets for three seasons

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Artem Anisimov had 11 goals in 35 games for Columbus this season. (USATSI)
Artem Anisimov had 11 goals in 35 games for Columbus this season. (USATSI)

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The Columbus Blue Jackets liked what they saw from Artem Anisimov in his first year that they are keeping around for another three years.

The forward, acquired by the Blue Jackets in the trade that sent Rick Nash to the Rangers, signed a three-year extension on Wednesday. Anisimov, 25, was set to become a restricted free agent in a couple of days but now he will be under contract and the Jackets will be free of any fears of an offer sheet (if there were any at all).

"Artem is a big part of our team and we're very pleased to sign him to this extension," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He's an extremely dependable two-way center with a dynamic skill set and we think he will be a key contributor to our club in the coming years."

The Jackets are one of the teams that don't release financial details on contracts but that's where Bob McKenzie of TSN comes in. According to McKenzie, the deal is for $9.85 million, or $3.283 million per season.

Anisimov, 25, had 11 goals and seven assists for the Jackets last season, playing just 35 of the 48 games. In his previous two seasons in New York, Anisimov had tallied 18 and then 16 goals. In Columbus he was given a slightly bigger role and could see his production go up a little more. It's a pretty good deal for both sides at that point.

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