Despite having a full year left on his contract before unrestricted free agency, 27-year-old right winger Jared Boll signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus drafted Boll in 2005, making the Blue Jackets the only NHL team he’s ever played for.

In an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Boll stated that he was eager to extend his contract regardless of approaching free agency. “I didn’t even want to think about playing somewhere else,” he said. “The way this team is moving … the way we finished the season. The people we have in charge at the top. Just everything is headed in the right direction right now, and there’s nothing I want more than to be a part of it.”

Management seems to agree. GM Jarmo Kekalainen spoke highly of Boll in the organization’s press release about the extension, complimenting Boll’s dedication to the team and the Columbus community. “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,” Kekalainen said.

Boll is one of the Blue Jackets’ most physical players, with 963 penalty minutes in 388 games. He also leads the current roster in games played.

Before getting the call, Boll played for the United States Hockey League and then the Ontario Hockey League where he helped lead the Plymouth Whalers to the OHL championship.

Molly is not an athlete. She quickly got used to winning the “Best Smile” award at her family's Summer Olympics (an award made up especially for her by her grandmother, who felt bad that she never won anything else). But as they say, "Those who cannot do, write about it from the sidelines and provide orange slices at half time."

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