Jackets sign Jenner to bridge deal

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Boone Jenner to a two-year contract extension, the club announced today.

“Boone Jenner is a terrific young player, who works extremely hard at both ends of the ice and is just beginning to scratch the surface of what he can be as a National Hockey League player,” said GM Jarmo Kekalainen. “He has tremendous character and is an exemplary representative of our club on and off the ice.”

It’s a bridge deal for the 22-year-old, worth a reported $2.9 million per season. He’ll still be a restricted free agent when his¬†contract expires in 2018, a la Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray.

Jenner, the 37th overall draft pick in 2011, has 22 goals and 13 assists in 63 games this season.