The Columbus Blue Jackets finished the 2012-2013 season in 9th place ( 24-17-7). After just missing the post season the Blue Jackets are trying to lock up their young talent. Today the Columbus Blue Jackets have announced they have come to terms on a three-year extension with Forward Artem Anisimov. Anisimov came to Columbus as part of the Ruck Nash deal. While the Blue Jackets have not released the terms of this extension; the Columbus Dispatch has reported that the deal has an annual value of #3.283 million per year. If the Blue Jackets were not able to reach terms Anisimov would have become a RFA on July 5th.
Anisimov is 25 years old , and was the drafted by the New York Rangers 54th over all in the 2006 NHL Draft.
“Artem is a big part of our team and we’re very pleased to sign him to this extension,” Blue Jackets general manager 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. (NHL.com)”
NHL regular season stats
GP: 279, G: 57, A: 69, P: 126
NHL post season stats
GP:26, P: 11
Did You Know: Anisimov scored his first career NHL goal on October 11, 2009, against the Anaheim Ducks in a 3–0 win