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Blue Jackets sign Wisniewski to six-year contract

Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 2:44 pm

James Wisniewski has signed a six-year contract worth $33 million with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Wisniewski Conference Call

The Jackets acquired the rights to the defenseman from Montreal earlier this week, trying to get him signed before any other team had a crack.

Wisniewski figured to be one of the more sought-after defensemen today. He might not be the best defender in hockey, but he provides a massive offensive boost to the Blue Jackets' blue line. Acquired by the Canadiens before last season, "Wiz" had 10 goals and 41 assists, leading Montreal defensemen.

The 27-year-old native of Canton, Mich., joins his fourth team in seven seasons, beginning his career with Chicago before moving on to Anaheim.

By Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:34 am
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Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:26 pm

Blue Jackets sign Wisniewski to six-year contract

A team like Columbus has to over-pay if they are going to get free agents to come to town.  Or trade for guys like Carter who are already locked up long term.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:18 pm

Blue Jackets sign Wisniewski to six-year contract

Hardly shocking. Look at what Erhoff got. A team that had the money made the move they felt they needed to make. And a small market team at that. Not a sky is falling situiation.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:14 pm

Blue Jackets sign Wisniewski to six-year contract

All I can say is WOW.  Wiz gets over 5 mil a year for 6 years???  What does this do to the future of signing D-men??  I love Wiz and was a huge fan of his when on the Blackhawks but this contract is crazy for hockey.   That number is more than twice what he is worth.  

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