Columbus Blue Jackets\' R.J. Umberger (18) eyes the puck past Carolina Hurricanes\' Joe Corvo (77) and goalie Cam Ward (30) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, March 12, 2011. The Blue Jackets won 3-2. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Forward R.J. Umberger will be a Columbus Blue Jacket for a while longer.
The former Ohio State player, starting his fourth season with the Blue Jackets, signed a five-year contract extension that takes effect next year and will take him through the 2016-17 season.
The Columbus Dispatch reported the contract was worth US$23 million.
General manager Scott Howson confirmed the signing on his Twitter account, saying, "Thrilled to have such a big part of our team signed long term."
The 29-year-old Umberger has 74 goals and 84 assists and has not missed a game with 246 starts since being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia. He has 123 goals and 151 assists in 474 career NHL games.