Forward Cam Atkinson signed a seven-year, $41.125 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The contract has an average annual value of $5.875 million. "I know. It's exciting. I couldn't be happier," Atkinson told the team website. "I think it was maybe weighing on my shoulders a little bit. Now, I can get back to just having fun, playing my game and winning some hockey games." Atkinson, 28, is in the final season of a three-year contract and could have been an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2018. He has six points (four goals, two assists) in 15 games this season, entering the Blue Jackets' game against the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena on Friday (7 p.m. Et; NHLN, TVA Sports, FS-O, MSG+, NHL.TV) after leading the Blue Jackets last season with 35 goals and 62 points. "Cam Atkinson has played an integral role in the growth of our team over the past four seasons, and we couldn't be happier that he will remain a Columbus Blue Jacket for many years to come," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He has improved every year he's been here and become a player our team can use in all situations. We believe his best years are still in front of him." Selected by the Blue Jackets in the sixth round (No. 157) of the 2008 NHL Draft, he has 233 points (125 goals, 108 assists) in 397 games.