Blue Jackets’ Rostislav Klesla signs 4-year extension

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just

before the start of their ninth season opener, the Columbus Blue

Jackets locked up the only player who has been with them from the

beginning.

Defenseman Rostislav Klesla

signed a four-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season.

General manager Scott Howson announced the signing Saturday just before

the franchise’s ninth season opener against Minnesota.

The 27-year-old Klesla was the club’s first draft pick, taken fourth

overall in the first round of the 2000 entry draft — before the Blue

Jackets had ever played an NHL game.

He has 36 goals and 79 assists in 444 career games with the Blue Jackets.