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Columbus Blue Jackets sign Markus Hännikäinen to one-year extension

The Finn will stick around for 2019-20

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The Columbus Blue Jackets announced the re-signing of left wing Markus Hännikäinen to a one-year deal on Monday, keeping him a Blue Jacket through the 2019-20 season.

Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports the deal is worth $735,000 $750,000.

Hännikäinen had a quiet year that wasn’t helped by a January injury. The 26-year-old notched four goals and three assists in 44 regular season games and one playoff games, all career-highs. He mostly played the role of 13th forward, jelling primarily with the rotating cast of Brandon Dubinsky, Riley Nash and the departed Lukas Sedlak.

Readers of The Cannon currently rate Hännikäinen’s year as a “C” in his player review, though comments laud his speed and utility.

With Hännikäinen’s signing and Sedlak’s KHL deal, Eric Robinson is the CBJ’s only other restricted free agent forward that ended the season with the big club.