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Columbus Blue Jackets sign Zach Werenski to massive $57.5 million extension, retain defensive star for six more seasons

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The Blue Jackets retain the biggest question mark on the roster in terms of their future - and have their new number one blue liner locked down.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets finally kept a star.

The Blue Jackets, days after losing Seth Jones and Cam Atkinson, had to find a way to keep Zach Werenski and tonight, through the team’s official channel, they announced that they had.

Werenski signed a six year contract worth $57.5 million AAV ($9.583 million AAV, the largest cap hit in team history).

Zach Werenski, since arriving in Columbus, ranks tied for third in the NHL among defensemen in goals and 19th in points. He has 65-124-189 in 335 games played.

Werenski is a Blue Jacket for at least seven more years. He has one year remaining on his current $5 million AAV contract and the next contract buys an RFA year with arbitration rights and 5 UFA years.

Werenski and Jarmo will talk to the media on Friday afternoon.

We are so happy to have you, Zach. Thank you for being a Blue Jacket.