Right winger Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a 7-year extension, the team announced on Friday. The deal is worth $41.125 million and will keep Atkinson with the club through the 2024-25 NHL season. The deal was confirmed on the Blue Jackets’ official Twitter account.
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“Cam Atkinson has played an integral role in the growth of our team over the past four seasons and we couldn’t be happier that he will remain a Columbus Blue Jacket for many years to come,” – said club’s General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen. “He has improved every year he’s been here and has become a player our team can use in all situations. We believe his best years are still in front of him.“
Atkinson was also glad that the deal was successfully done and that he can focus on playing now.
“It’s exciting.” – he said during Q&A for Blue Jackets official website. “I couldn’t be happier. I think it was maybe weighing on my shoulders a little bit. Now, I can get back to just having fun, playing my game and winning some hockey games.“
Atkinson also added that he didn’t think about exploring unrestricted free agency because of his loyalty to the team and desire to finish his career in Columbus.
Cam Atkinson was selected by Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round of 2008 NHL Entry Draft as 157th overall. He signed his first professional contract with the Blue Jackets in 2011 and played 27 games, ending the season with 7 goals and 7 assists. Atkinson established himself as a solid performer, but the 2016–17 season was the one where Atkinson put his best performance which ultimately landed him this contract extension. During his NHL career, Atkinson registered 125 goals and 108 assists for 233 points in 397 games.