COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Left wing Geoff Sanderson, who led the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets with 30 goals and 56 points last year, signed a one-year contract with the team Thursday.

The deal was worth a reported $2.1 million, with $150,000 in incentives if the 29-year-old has at least 35 goals and/or 60 points.

Sanderson led the Blue Jackets in goals, points, game-winning goals (seven) and shots (199). He missed the last 13 games with a sprained knee.

The 2000-01 season was Sanderson's best since 1996-97, when he scored 36 goals and had 67 points in 82 games with Hartford.

Columbus president and general manager Doug MacLean said Sanderson was valuable to the team off the ice as well.

``Not only does Geoff provide our team with tremendous offensive skill and speed, but he is a character individual who provides great leadership in the dressing room,'' MacLean said.

An 11-year NHL veteran, Sanderson was selected by the Blue Jackets from the Buffalo Sabres in the 2000 Expansion Draft.

He has appeared in 724 career games, totaling 255 goals and 493 points with Hartford/Carolina, Vancouver, Buffalo and Columbus. He was a member of the Sabres team that advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999 and has twice been an All-Star while with the Whalers (1994 and 1997).