Nash Given Eight-Year, $62.4 Million Dollar Extension

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets have reached agreement on an eight-year contract extension through
the 2017-18 season.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson confirmed the signing to The Associated Press on Friday night. The Canadian Press first reported the signing, saying the deal is worth $62.4 million. Nash will make $7 million in 2009-10.

Nash, who would have been an unrestricted free agent after next
season, set career and team highs last season with his 79 points
(40 goals, 39 assists) in 78 games in leading Columbus to its first trip to the playoffs in the franchise's eighth season.

The 25-year-old left wing from Brampton, Ontario, tied for the NHL lead in goals with 41 in the 2003-04 season.