Jared Boll Signs Contract Extension: Like Or Dislike?

Jan 5, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) warms up before the game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Columbus 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Two days ago, on September 13th, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that Jared Boll signed a contract extension which will keep him in Columbus until the end of the 2016-2017 season. The three year extension is worth $5.1 million, or $1.7 million per year.

BlueJackets.NHL.com has a quote from Jarmo Kekalainen on the extension…

Jared Boll has invested a great deal of himself in this organization and community and we are very happy that he will continue to be an important part of our hockey club,

He brings toughness, determination and a great work ethic to our team and has become an important leader for us both on and off the ice.

[BlueJackets.NHL.com]

September 30, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Bryan Allen (5) and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll (40) are separated by a linesmen after fighting during the 2nd period at the RBC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Since the drastic changes to the Blue Jackets roster, Boll comes into this upcoming season as the only true enforcer on the team. Others have been known to drop the gloves from time to time, but Boll will be the key player to step up if need be. Aaron Portzline, of The Columbus Dispatch, also reported on the contract extension…

Boll is the most tenured Blue Jackets player, having arrived for the 2007-08 season. He is fourth on the franchise list in games played (388) and second in penalty minutes (983), sure to cross the 1,000-PIMs milestone early this season.

[BlueJacketsXtra.Dispatch.com]

Hard to believe that the longest tenured player is now Jared Boll, certainly he is a true asset to this newly formed team though. In my opinion I think that this is a great signing, perfect amount of time, and right on scale for $$/performance. As mentioned, Boll will be taking on more responsibility, especially now the Blue Jackets are moving East and have to make their presence known. Boll will be just the guy to do that, whether it is a huge hit, or a good scrap. Instead of the East welcoming the Blue Jackets, I think Boll will be the one knocking on the door with a welcome to the neighborhood knuckle sandwich platter (Cheesy, but you know you like it).

Now, it’s your turn to vote! I think this is going to be a landslide, but here we go…

What Do You Think Of The Jared Boll Contract Extension?

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  • RedStorm45

    No, this is dumb. Your 4th line RW shouldn’t be making more than Atkinson, Calvert, Letestu, etc. A ridiculous reach given the amount he is signed on for. That’s putting him near the likes of Brian Boyle, Maxime Talbot, and a couple of other players who have hit the 20 goal mark before.

    • Mark Huss

      Jared Boll has more NHL games played than the three players you listed combined (388). Atkinson – 62 NHL games, Calvert – 97 NHL games, and Letestu – 182 NHL games. If they continue to play the way they have been playing for the Blue Jackets I am sure they will get paid accordingly. 4th line or not, Boll deserves every penny of this new contract, an enforcer can be just as important as your leading scorer, maybe not in every game, but they are important nonetheless.

      • RedStorm45

        Letestu was the leading point scorer last season, and has been invaluable in all three phases – even strength, PP, and PK.

        I wouldn’t be doling out new contracts based on NHL games played. If that was the case, Vinny and Aucoin would have gotten pretty good deals.

        The fact is, $1.7/season puts him with the likes of Abdelkader, Goc, Cleary, B. Boyle, etc. Boll topped out at 14 points in ’08-’09. He’s an offensively-challenged enforcer. I like rewarding the guy for his commitment to the organization and he is the lone fighting regular, but a 47% increase from his ’13-’14 salary? That’s ridiculous.

        • Mark Huss

          Obviously you have taken my point a little to far with the Vinny and Aucoin comparison. I also understand what you are saying though. Nonetheless he got the deal, and in the end it won’t hurt the cap space and he is a great asset to the team. Great convo my friend. Go Blue Jackets!

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