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Blue Jackets sign Foligno to a three-year deal

Nick Foligno, Jan Hejda

Ottawa Senators’ Nick Foligno (71) checks Colorado Avalanche’s Jan Hejda, left, along the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, Oct.13, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)


The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline is reporting that Nick Foligno has agreed to a three-year, $9.15 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. That represents a sizable raise over the $1.55 million he made in 2011-12.

Foligno had a career-high 47 points and 124 penalty minutes in 82 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. As a restricted free agent, Ottawa dealt his rights to Columbus in exchange for defenseman Marc Methot.

The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t have many appealing skilled forwards beyond Rick Nash - who they are likely to trade this summer - so Foligno shouldn’t have much difficulty landing a top-six spot next season. He might also get more playing time with the man advantage in Columbus after averaging 1:45 minutes with the Senators in 2011-12.

Foligno will turn 25 on Oct. 31 and he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this contract.