Werenski Staying in Columbus


The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent defenseman Zach Werenski to a new three-year NHL contract.

The 22-year-old's deal is worth $15-million and will keep him in Columbus through the 2021-22 season.

The native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, is a former Calder Memorial Trophy finalist, NHL All-Rookie Team selection and 2018 NHL All-Star who has registered 38 goals and 90 assists for 128 points with 48 penalty minutes and a +13 plus/minus rating in 237 career games over the course of his first three NHL seasons.

Prior to his two seasons at the University of Michigan, Werenski spent two years with the United States National Team Development Program.

He represented Team USA at the 2015 and 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships, serving as team captain, leading the team to a bronze medal and earning Best Defenseman and All-Star Team honors in 2016. He also played for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championships.


— With files from the Columbus Blue Jackets

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