Calvert signs 2-year extension with Blue Jackets

Left wing Matt Calvert, a valuable forechecker with the Columbus

Blue Jackets, has signed a two-year contract extension that will

pay him almost $1 million a season through 2014-15.

The 23-year-old left wing is currently out with a broken index

finger on his right hand and is expected to miss the club’s final

two regular-season games. He is one of the reasons the Blue Jackets

are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, entering

Tuesday’s play in eighth place.

The native of Brandon, Manitoba, has nine goals and seven

assists with 32 penalty minutes in 42 games in his third season

with the organization. He was taken by Columbus with its fifth pick

in the 2008 draft.