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Werenski signing heartens Blue Jackets in a year of change

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The social-media griping grew increasingly vociferous as the Columbus Blue Jackets traded away popular veterans one by one as part of a major roster overhaul.

First, captain Nick Foligno and reliable defenseman David Savard at the deadline in April. Then All-Star defenseman Seth Jones and gutsy forward Cam Atkinson. All faces of the franchise.

That's one of the reasons the announcement that defenseman Zach Werenski signed a long-term contract extension landed with such a satisfying boom late Thursday for the Blue Jackets.

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Leaders
Points: O. Bjorkstrand44
Plus/Minus: E. Robinson6
Shots on Goal: C. Atkinson158
PIM: M. Domi75
Win: J. Korpisalo9
Shutouts: E. Merzlikins2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 134 (29)
Shots: 1625 (21)
PP%: 15.4% (27)
Penalty Minutes: 391 (26)
Assists: 238 (25)
SH Goals: 6 (6)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
x-Washington 41 20 8 90
x-Philadelphia 41 21 7 89
x-Pittsburgh 40 23 6 86
x-Carolina 38 25 5 81
x-Columbus 33 22 15 81
x-NY Islanders 35 23 10 80
x-NY Rangers 37 28 5 79
New Jersey 28 29 12 68
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 184 (8)
Shots Against: 1815 (4)
PK%: 78.9% (20)
Penalty Minutes: 359 (30)
Shutouts: 2 (23)
Sv%: 0.899 (22)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/30 M. Lehtonen Signed as Free Agent One-year contract
7/30 B. Gaunce Signed as Free Agent One-year, two-way contract
7/29 Z. Werenski Contract extended Six-year contract extension
7/29 J. Bean Re-Signed Three-year contract
7/28 R. MacInnis Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 D. Zaar Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 S. Matteau Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 M. Lehtonen Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 M. Grigorenko Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 B. Dubinsky Became Unrestricted Free Agent
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