Blue Jackets Re-sign Werenski

by Sep 9, 2019News, NHL, Rumors8 comments

The NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes reports the Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Zach Werenski to a three-year, $15-million contract. Weekes’ report is corroborated by Aaron Portzline, The Athletic’s Blue Jackets’ beat writer.

Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman Zach Werenski to a three-year deal (Photo via NHL.com).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates Werenski’s annual average value will be $5 million, putting him just below defense partner Seth Jones’ $5.4 million AAV. Both contracts will expire at the end of 2021-22, with Jones slated to become an unrestricted free agent while Werenski will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.

I’m not surprised that Werenski accepted this deal. Reports emerged several weeks ago claiming the 22-year-old blueliner wanted to be re-signed before training camp opened. There was speculation he would accept less than Jones, who is the Jackets’ best all-around rearguard as well as their highest-paid.

Werenski is getting a healthy pay increase from the $1.775-million AAV (bonuses included) of his entry-level contract. Should the skilled puck-moving defenseman continue to improve, he can seek much more from the Jackets by 2022.

Werenski’s new deal could affect fellow RFA blueliners like Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov. The latter was reportedly seeking $8 million per season but the Flyers could use Werenski as a comparable.







8 Comments

  1. Maybe this’ll bring Provorov back to earth

  2. Bargain in todays NHL

    • Yep. And a message to others perhaps.

  3. Just because there were reports he wanted huge money doesn’t mean it’s true. Most of the chatter floating around is made up.

    • You’re probably right, Obe … just the fact that, with that much cap space it took this long to get a bridge deal done tells me there were negotiations centering around something quite different.

  4. It will be interesting to see how this affects Provorov and McEvoy. Both of them will likely get slightly more on a 3 year deal, but should be US$5.5M-US$6M.

    Looking to next year, Chabot is probably looking at this closely too. As a Sens fan, I would much rather have a longer term deal than potentially walk him to UFA status one year after the 3 year deal expires (i.e. like Stone). It still gives a good comparable for the first three years of the deal.

  5. His contract is 4-4-7 million on third so if it gets to qualifying him year four its 7 million not 5. Smart but they will probably have a deal done for much more than 7 if he continues to put up numbers like he has.

  6. There you go. That’s an ok deal and like the way it is structured so that in the final year, he gets $7 million making his next contract a minimum $7 million starting point. Perhaps this little incentive will get the rest of the RFA rockstars off their collective keisters moving forward.