The Blue Jackets have signed David Savard to a five-year contract extension worth $21.25 million ($4.25M AAV).
Savard, 24, is coming off of an 11-goal, 25-assist (36 points) season with the Blue Jackets. Savard also led Columbus in hits (195) and was third in blocked shots (105). Savard is expected to be a top-pair defensemen alongside Jack Johnson in 2015-16 and is capable of posting double-digit goals and 30 assists.
Savard (illness) is on the ice for the Blue Jackets morning skate.
Savard has missed the last four games with an illness, but his availability for the morning skate means that he might get back into the lineup vs. the Panthers. Savard has been productive on the Blue Jackets blueline this season. He is averaging 17:54 TOI while he has complied three goals and eight assists (11 points) with a plus-6 rating in 42 games.