Blue Jackets ink Tyutin to long-term deal
|Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin elbows Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Fedor Tyutin to a six-year contract extension.
Financial terms were not released.
Tyutin has spent the past three seasons with Columbus after playing his first four NHL campaigns with the New York Rangers. He compiled seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points -- all tops among Columbus defensemen -- in 80 games last season.
The 28-year-old Russian ranks second in club history among blueliners in goals, assists and points, having recorded 22 goals and 71 assists for 93 points in 242 games. He has missed just four games in three seasons since being acquired in a July 2008 four-player deal that sent Nikolai Zherdev to the Rangers.
"Fedor has been our top defenseman since we acquired him from the New York Rangers in 2008," said Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson in a statement. "We are very pleased [to] get him signed to this long-term deal."
Tyutin was selected by the Rangers with the 40th overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut with New York during the 2003-04 campaign. In seven seasons he has registered 37 goals and 122 assists for 159 points.