If Alexander Wennberg had his choice, he would have agreed to a new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets already. But the restricted free agent center said he's not worried about whether that will happen in time for the start of training camp in September. "Eventually it's going to work out," Wennberg said during the European Player Media Tour on Thursday. "Even though I have to wait a little longer than expected, that's a part of it. But you can't really let that get to your head. Right now, I'm focusing on training and focusing on [this] season and it's going to work out. Time will tell. I'm not too stressed out about it either." Wennberg, who turns 23 on Sept. 22, is coming off a breakout season when he set NHL career-highs with 13 goals, 46 assists and 59 points in 80 games and helped the Blue Jackets set team records with 50 wins and 108 points, and finish fourth in the League standings. Heading into his fourth NHL season, Wennberg is a key piece for the Blue Jackets and likely will center their first line again. He said he wouldn't be opposed to signing a long-term contract, but the sides still are in the process of exploring what parameters work best. "There's always different ways to discuss," he said. "Long-term, short-term. But right now, we're just trying to feel each other out a little bit and see what the other [side] wants. Obviously long-term is a good option, but we'll have to wait and see." Wennberg (6-foot-2, 196 pounds) has focused his offseason training on trying to get bigger and stronger without sacrificing quickness. He believes that will help him win more puck battles.
‘I’m not too stressed’ about contract situation, says RFA Wennberg
NHL.com | Aug 11