The Columbus Blue Jackets announced a six-year contract extension for Fedor Tyutin on Wednesday, which will reportedly pay him $27 million. Tyutin is entering the final year of a four-year $11.375 million deal (all figures via CapGeek) that will see him collect just over $2.8 million against the salary cap.
It might seem like a lot of money for a player of Tyutin’s notability, but he just turned 28 and he’s appeared in at least 80 games for the Blue Jackets in each of the last three seasons. Tyutin will likely skate with James Wisniewski as Columbus’ first defensive pairing next season, or at least some share power play minutes with him. His $4.5 annual cap hit is not unreasonable and his value is comparable to that of several players of similar financial ilk including Dan Hamhuis and Joni Pitkanen.
Ron Hainsey makes 4.5 million clams per season and Keith Ballard gobbles up $4.2 million, so Tyutin’s getting what he’s worth.
Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on Tyutin’s extension, via Puck-Rakers:
“After signing James Wisniewski this summer … it wouldn’t have made much sense to sign James and let Fedor get away (next summer). We’re trying to build a very good defense corps, and we think Fedor is a big part of that.
He’s mobile. He’s good with the puck. He’s durable. He’s really an all-around defenseman, and he’s been our best defenseman in the three years since we acquired him.”
The relative obscurity of playing in Columbus has served Tyutin well, but now that there’s more money on the table he’ll be expected to play a major role in helping the Blue Jackets take the next competitive step. We’ll know soon enough if he’s a top-four defenseman in a number two’s equipment.
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