Hejda played in 81 games for the Blue Jackets this season, registering 13 assists and had a franchise-record +13 record. Hejda was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after signing on with Columbus as an unrestricted free agent last summer.
This now gives the Blue Jackets a fourth full-time defender on the books for next season. Their projected cap hit is still only $25.2 million with 15 full-time players.
|Rick Nash||Rostislav Klesla||Fredrik Norrena|
|Nikolai Zherdev||Kris Russell|
|Jason Chimera||Duvie Westcott|
|Manny Malhotra||Jan Hejda|