Blue Jackets Sign Dean Kukan To Two-Year Contract Extension Through 2021-22 Season

By Rob Mixer on February 7, 2020 at 12:06 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dean Kukan defends against Brendan Leipsic of the Washington Capitals.

The Blue Jackets are high on Dean Kukan, and they're keeping him around.

GM Jarmo Kekalainen announced Friday that the team has re-signed the pending restricted free agent (RFA) defenseman to a two-year contract extension. The new deal, which takes effect July 1, keeps Kukan under contract with the Blue Jackets through the 2021-22 season.

Kukan, 26, was signed as a free agent out of the Swedish Hockey League in 2015. He's played 77 career games with the Blue Jackets and has a goal to go with 13 assists. He also played 10 games in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, recording a goal and two assists over two series.

"Dean is a smart and quick, puck-moving defenseman that has improved steadily since joining our organization in 2015," Kekalainen said in a statement. "We are very happy that he will continue to be an important part of our club's deep and talented group of defensemen."

Kukan is currently out of the lineup due to a knee injury, and has five points (one goal and four assists) over 33 games this season. 

View 7 Comments