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9/28/2006 1:17:07 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed right winger Nikolai Zherdev to a $7.5 million, three-year deal on Thursday.

He will earn $1.75 million this season, $2.5 million in 2007-08 and $3.25 million in 2008-09.

''Nikolai is a supremely talented player with the ability to bring fans out of their seats every time he steps on the ice,'' said MacLean. ''I think this agreement shows the commitment the Blue Jackets have to him and also the commitment he has to our organization and fans. We think this season is going to be our best yet and Nikolai will be a big part of any success we have moving forward.''

Zherdev, 21, has tallied 40 goals and 48 assists for 88 points with 104 penalty minutes in 130 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets. In 2005-06, he notched 54 points and 50 penalty minutes in 73 games. He led the club in shots on goal with 194, ranked second in goals and points and was third in assists, power play goals (10) and multi-point games (14). In addition, he collected 37 points in his last 39 outings, including 20 in his last 22 appearances.

''I am very happy to remain a Blue Jacket and want to thank the organization for their commitment and support,'' said Zherdev. ''I am excited about our team and look forward to joining my teammates in Columbus as soon as possible.''

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