Aaron Portzline: There isn’t any indication that the Columbus Blues Jackets are close to signing RFA defenseman Zach Werenski. There also isn’t any indication that they have hit a snag in their negotiations.
There currently isn’t any urgency to get a contract done, but that could change when September starts.
The Blue Jackets are expected to talk with Werenski’s agent Pat Brisson soon.
Aaron Portzline: As mentioned before, a three-year contract for Werenski seems likely and has been discussed. They’ve also spoken about longer-term deals.
A four-year deal won’t happen as it would take him to the start of UFA status.