Blue Jackets sign Eric Robinson for two more years

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets signed forward Eric Robinson to a two-year contract extension on Monday.

The 24-year-old Robinson was pressed into action at the NHL level this season because of a rash of injuries to regulars. He has responded with five goals, four assists and a +10 plus/minus rating in 31 games. He scored his first NHL goal Nov. 12 at Montreal.

Robinson, who played college hockey at Princeton, would have been a restricted free agent this summer. Contract terms were not disclosed.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced the move as the Blue Jackets began their NHL-mandated winter break. They return to action Feb. 1 at Buffalo.