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Klesla signs a 4yr extension!!!


This is the exact press release from the Columbus Blue Jackets!


COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman
Rostislav Klesla to a four-year contract extension that will keep the
club’s first-ever Entry Draft pick with the organization through the
2013-14 season, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is
club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Klesla, 27, has registered 36 goals and 79 assists for 115
points with 456 penalty minutes in 444 career games with the Blue
Jackets. The club’s first pick, fourth overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft
currently stands second in franchise history in games played (David
Vyborny, 543) and penalty minutes (Jody Shelley, 1,025) and is the
club’s all-time leader among defensemen in games played, goals, assists,
points and penalty minutes. In 2001-02, he was selected to the National
Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team.

“Rusty is an original Blue Jacket who over the years has
grown and become a leader for our hockey club,” said Howson. “It was
important for our organization and for Rusty that he continue to be a
vital part of what we are building here.”

The Novy Jicin, Czech Republic native tallied 1-8-9, 38
penalty minutes and was +2 in 34 games in 2008-09. The previous season,
he appeared in all 82 games and notched 6-12-18 and 60 penalty minutes
with a career-best +7 plus/minus rating. In 2006-07, he set career
highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes with 9-13-22 and 105
penalty minutes in 75 games. Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Klesla
registered 34-65-99 and 233 penalty minutes in 112 games with the
Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League from 1999-01.

More to come, plus reaction from the Fire The Cannon Team!

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