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Canadian Press
7/22/2006 11:40:36 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets avoided salary arbitration with winger Jason Chimera by signing him to a two-year contract on Saturday.

Chimera and the Blue Jackets had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 3.

The 27-year-old had career highs in goals (17), assists (13) and points (30) last season while playing 80 games with the Blue Jackets. He was also second on the team with five game-winning goals.

"We're looking forward to seeing him build upon (his good season) and continue to be an important contributor to the success of our team," team president and GM Doug MacLean said in a statement. "He is a big, strong player with exceptional speed and we're thrilled to have him remain a part of the Blue Jackets organization."

In 210 NHL games with Columbus and Edmonton, Chimera has 36 goals and 30 assists for 66 points.
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