Merzlikins signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Merzlikins has been fantastic in limited action this season, compiling a 13-9-8 record while posting a 2.35 GAA, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 33 appearances. The 26-year-old Latvian will likely split time with Joonas Korpisalo to start the 2020-21 campaign or finish whatever is left of the 2019-20 campaign, but it would hardly be surprising to see him emerge as Columbus' clear-cut No.1 netminder if and when Korpisalo begins to struggle.

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