Blue Jackets Rumors & News

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    NHL Blue Jackets @BlueJacketsNHL

    Congratulations to Nick & Janelle Foligno on the birth of their son, Landon Nicholas. Landon was born at 12:16 p.m. today, 6 lbs., 13 oz!

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Todd Richards has 'no doubt' Brandon Saad will make Blue Jackets better

    The Score "Todd Richards is counting on a 22-year-old to help take his team to new heights. The Columbus Blue Jackets head coach watched as the front office acquired Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks shortly after the young forward won his second Stanley Cup with the club, and he's eager to welcome..." August 24

  • Blue Jackets sign Paul Bittner to 3-year, entry-level contract

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets announced the signing of 38th overall draft selection Paul Bittner to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday. Bittner, a 6-foot-4, 204-pound left winger, scored 34 goals and 71 points for the Portland Winterhawks in his third Western Hockey League season - his..." August 20

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • Christian Ehrhoff still considering offer from Blue Jackets

    CBS Sports "Unrestricted free agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has spent the free agency period watching his options for next season dwindle. As other top free agents got snapped up, a lot of teams started running out of salary cap space. Ehrhoff remains unsigned, but he is still garnering..." August 04

  • Ryan Murray: 'I have to show up and prove it'

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Murray‘s injury log tells much of the story. Just 21 years old, he’s already missed huge chunks of time with knee and ankle issues. Last season, he was limited to just 12 games. Suffice to say, this isn’t how it was supposed to go for the second overall pick in the 2012 draft. Still,..." July 29

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Does a defenceman trade between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets make sense?

    Edmonton Journal "It’s been widely rumoured that the Blue Jackets are on the hunt for a defenceman, and on Sunday Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch did a good job of shedding light on the situation. The short version: Columbus needs a defenceman, but dollars against the salary cap are tight. That..." July 21

  • Maple Leafs offered 4th overall pick to Blue Jackets at 2015 NHL Draft

    The Score "Mitchell Marner is proud to be a Toronto Maple Leaf, but a deal that almost happened on the draft floor could have drastically changed his destination. A video of the Columbus Blue Jackets draft table, released by Jackets TV, shows that the Maple Leafs were willing to part with the No. 4..." July 21

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Blue Jackets have talked with free-agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't giving up their pursuit of a defenseman. After swinging and missing on a trio of blue-liners, the club has reportedly been in talks with free agent Christian Ehrhoff, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch. Sources have told The Dispatch..." July 20

  • Stars, Sabres, Blue Jackets pursuing Oduya: report "The Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets are among the teams attempting to sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday. Oduya, 33, played the past three-plus seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup twice...." July 15

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Davidson says Blue Jackets 'have to prove it': report "Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson is pleased with the additions made this summer, but realizes they must translate into success on the ice. The Blue Jackets failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, but went 15-1-1 over the final 17 games of..." July 13

  • Blue Jackets sought to add top defenseman

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Columbus Blue Jackets enter the 2015-16 campaign with largely the same defense as last season, it won’t be because they didn’t try to make a big change. Per Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets were in on trade talks concerning Dougie Hamilton before Boston sent..." July 13

  • Abundance of forwards comes at a high cost

    Columbus Dispatch "On Friday, when the Chicago Blackhawks traded highly paid forward Patrick Sharp to the Dallas Stars in a four-player trade, the Blue Jackets gained an almost incomprehensible distinction, given their place in the NHL’s hierarchy and their positioning as a small-market franchise: According to..." July 12

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Jackets ink ‘heart and soul player’ Calvert to three-year, $6.6M deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Columbus locked in one of its hardest-working forwards on Thursday, agreeing to a three-year, $6.6 million extension with left winger Matt Calvert. Calvert, 25, will carry an average annual cap hit of $2.2 million on his new deal, a nice bump from the $987,500 he made on his previous one. The..." July 09

  • Blue Jackets sign New Albany native Kole Sherwood to three-year, entry level contract "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Kole Sherwood to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Sherwood, 18, notched 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points and 29 penalty minutes in 31 games..." July 07

  • Top 14 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07

  • Report: Blue Jackets, Matt Calvert close to agreement on new deal

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets and restricted free agent winger Matt Calvert are closing in on a new contract, reports Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. Calvert will likely command a little raise on the two-year, $1.975 million pact that expired at the end of last season." July 07

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Undrafted Ohio brothers attend Blue Jackets camp "The Columbus Blue Jackets development camp June 29 to July 2 featured many top prospects from recent NHL drafts. Oliver Bjorkstrand, a third-round pick in 2013 NHL Draft and the Western Hockey League's player of the year in 2015, was at the practice facility at Nationwide Arena. So were 2015..." July 05

  • Predators sign Cody Bass to 1-year, two-way contract "The Nashville Predators signed free agent forward Cody Bass to a one-year, two-way contract Saturday. The deal is worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $125,000 at the American Hockey League level. Bass, 28, has appeared in 49 NHL contests with Ottawa and Columbus since 2007-08, posting five..." July 05

  • Blue Jackets Sign Brandon Saad a six-year, $36 million contract extension

    The Hockey Writers "Just days after being dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a blockbuster trade, Brandon Saad is the new holder of a nice, long contract. The former Chicago Blackhawks left wing, who was a restricted free agent, has agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract that will keep him with the Blue..." July 03

  • Rangers Sign Luke Adam

    Hockey Fights "New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Luke Adam. Adam, 25, skated in 73 games with the Rochester Americans and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 16 goals and..." July 03

  • Blue Jackets ink two to two-way deals

    Fox Sports Ohio "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed a pair of players, defenseman Jaime Sifers and left wing Brett Gallant, to two-way NHL/AHL contracts. Sifers, 32, has collected 24 goals and 86 assists for 110 points with 387 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 403 career American Hockey League..." July 03

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    #CBJ GM Jarmo Kekalainen says club and Brandon Saad's agent, Lewis Gross, still working toward a deal.

  • Campbell signs two-year contract with Blue Jackets "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Gregory Campbell to a two-year contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Campbell, 31, has registered 68 goals and 108 assists for 176 points and 618 penalty minutes in 721 career..." July 02

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Letestu to EDM is a three-year deal...

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    Aaron Ward @TSNAaronWard

    Edmonton Oilers close to signing Mark Letestu to a 3 year deal. Edmonton also on verge of long term deal with Andrej Sekera #TSN

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to work on an extension for Brandon Saad and make it clear, they will match an offer sheet if necessary.

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Talks on a Brandon Saad contract extension with #CBJ continue this morning.

  • Blackhawks lock up Anisimov long-term

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks wasted no time inking their latest acquisition to a long-term deal. Artem Anisimov, who was not set to become an unrestricted free agent until the summer of 2016, has agreed to a five-year extension with the champions, according to reporter Andy Strickland. The..." July 01

  • Brandon Saad Traded to Columbus

    The Hockey Writers "The 2015 Stanley Cup Champions have cap issues. It’s been no secret that they have to make some moves beyond just not signing some of their UFAs. Rumors have made the rounds that they’ve shopped Patrick Sharp and they’ve shopped Brian Bickell. What was a given, was that they would try to sign..." July 01

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Blue Jackets Lean Toward Defense, Add Werenski, Carlsson At Draft

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets' organizational depth chart had become tilted, in a way that worries NHL general managers. After taking so many forwards in the early rounds of recent drafts, and after losing top defensive prospect Mike Reilly to free agency, the Columbus pipeline was worryingly thin on the..." June 27

  • Bruins, Blue Jackets, Jets all interested in Coyotes' No. 3 pick

    The Score "The Arizona Coyotes' No. 3 overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft has landed them on speed dial lists. Rumors have been swirling about what the team will do with their pick and trade talks continue to heat up as the draft approaches, with the Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets..." June 26

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process

    CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval

    CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23