Columbus Blue Jackets sign center Riley Nash to 3-year contract

Boston Bruins center Riley Nash (20) during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Riley Nash to a three-year contract through the 2020-21 National Hockey League season, club general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Nash, 29, has registered 53 goals and 86 assists for 139 points with 101 penalty minutes in 399 career games with the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes.

“Riley Nash is right-handed center who showed great versatility in having the best season of his career last year,” Kekalainen said. “He plays a very sound two-way game, will provide depth for our club down the middle and we are excited to welcome him to the Columbus Blue Jackets family.”

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound center posted career highs in games played and shots on goal (125) with 7-10-17 and 14 penalty minutes in 81 contests with the Bruins in 2016-17. He spent his first five NHL campaigns with the Hurricanes, recording 31-50-81 and 69 penalty minutes in 242 career games.

Edmonton’s first-round selection, 21st overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft, Nash collected 35-54-89, 72 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 188 career American Hockey League games with the Charlotte Checkers from 2010-13. Prior to turning pro, he notched 37-65-102 with 101 penalty minutes and a +22 plus/minus rating in 102 career games with Cornell University from 2007-10. He was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie Team in 2007-08 and to the league's First All-Star Team in 2008-09.

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