According to a tweet from Aaron Portzline, the Columbus Blue Jackets are very close to re-signing center Derek MacKenzie. MacKenzie will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 unless he is re-signed prior to so the Blue Jackets look like they'll lock him up way before the deadline.
MacKenzie scored six goals and recorded seven assists in 66 games for the Blue Jackets this past season, his second straight full season with the squad. After joining the Blue Jackets in 2007-2008, MacKenzie has gone back and forth from the Blue Jackets to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. But MacKenzie seems to have finally earned his place in Columbus.
MacKenzie signing would come on the heels of the Blue Jackets agreeing to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with center Ryan Russell on Thursday and re-signing right wing Derek Dorsett to a three-year deal. Dorsett scored a career-high 12 goals this past season and led the NHL in penalty minutes with 235.