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Staying in Columbus: Elvis Merzlikins signs $27 million contract extension with Blue Jackets

The new contract locks him up through the 2026-27 season with an annual salary of about $6.7 million.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 5, 2021 file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins plays against the Nashville Predators during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to a five-year, $27 million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to a five-year, $27 million contract extension.

The 27-year-old Merzlikins will be in the final year of a two-year contract this season with a cap hit of $4 million.

The new contract locks him up through the 2026-27 season with an annual salary of about $6.7 million.

The long-term deal throws into question the future of Joonas Korpisalo, who has shared time in the net with Merzlikins the last two seasons.

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