Thursday evening, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reported that the Columbus Blue Jackets and forward Cam Atkinson have agreed to a 7 year $40.25 million contract extension. This deal has a salary cap hit of $5.75 million per season.
UPDATE (11:31 p.m.): Steve Gorten of The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the average salary is a bit higher:
Now @CamAtkinson's contract extension with #CBJ is done. It's for 7 years as 1st reported by @APortzline. But, the average annual value (AAV) is a bit higher than reported. It's $5.875 for a total of $41.125. Expected to be announced by team Friday— Steve Gorten (@sgorten) November 17, 2017
There has been lingering uncertainty as to Cam’s status beyond this season. It’s nice to have him as part of the core of this team moving forward. Hopefully this removes some pressure from his mind and will allow him to focus on his game. He has been one of the struggling forwards in recent weeks.