Signing spree! Jackets ink Sedlak, Hannikainen, Harrington to two-year extensions


Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen was a busy man on Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets announced a trio of two-year extensions today — one for center Lukas Sedlak, one for left winger Markus Hannikainen and one for blueliner Scott Harrington.

Of the three, Sedlak has made the biggest impact at the NHL level this season. He has seven goals and 13 points in 56 games, emerging as a good fourth-liner, often alongside Scott Hartnell and Sam Gagner. The 23-year-old really turned heads during Lake Erie’s Calder Cup championship last year, when he scored nine goals in 17 playoff games.

Hannikainen, also 23, has been up and down between Columbus and AHL Cleveland this season, appearing in 10 games for the Jackets. He’s been a good scorer at the American League level, with 24 points through 43 games.

Harrington, 24, was acquired in the Kerby Rychel trade and like Hannikainen, has split his time between Cleveland and Columbus. In 16 games with Columbus, he’s scored a goal and three points.

Update: The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline breaks down the salaries as such:

Sedlak, Hannikainen and Harrington were pending restricted free agents with arbitration rights this summer and per the Dispatch, all three extensions are of the one-way variety.

Sedlak is currently carrying a $600,000 cap hit, Harrington $632,500, and Hannikainen $717,500.

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