Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Maple Leafs snag Kerby Rychel from Blue Jackets in trade

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Kerby Rychel from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon in exchange for defenceman Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick. Rychel split the 2015-16 season between the Blue Jackets and the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, where he..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Kekalainen Not Sold On Keeping No. 3 Pick, Or In Following Conventional Wisdom

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen doesn't care how the experts see this year's draft. He doesn't care to agree with the conventional wisdom reached by media and fans after the prospects are graded and ranked by NHL's central scouting, TSN, The Hockey News, etc. For months now, it..." June 24

  • Blue Jackets have spoken to Maple Leafs, Jets about moving up in draft

    The Score "hird pick is nice, but first or second would be better. The Columbus Blue Jackets have spoken to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Winnipeg Jets about potentially trading up in the draft, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. Portzline reports the asking price for the No. 1..." June 23

  • Blue Jackets re-sign William Karlsson to two-year extension

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed forward William Karlsson to a two-year extension Thursday, as first reported by Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch. Karlsson scored nine goals and 20 points in 81 games with Columbus last season. He was drafted 53rd overall in 2011 by the Anaheim Ducks." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Blue Jackets’ Foligno could be dealt to open cap space in Columbus

    The Hockey News "The Chicago Blackhawks wasted little time shedding salary following the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Last Thursday, they shipped forwards Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes for two draft picks. They won’t be the only cap-strapped team trying to free up salary-cap..." June 20

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Brad Shaw joins Blue Jackets coaching staff

    Columbus Dispatch "Brad Shaw, who helped turn the St. Louis Blues’ penalty kill and defense into one of the NHL’s best over the past decade, has joined the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach, The Dispatch has learned. Shaw joins John Tortorella’s staff in place of Craig Hartsburg, who retired from coaching in..." June 17

  • Blue Jackets sign Anton Forsberg to one-year contract extension

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Anton Forsberg to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract extension through the 2016-17 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Forsberg, 23, led the American Hockey League’s Lake..." June 17

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Lake Erie Monsters win AHL’s Calder Cup, sweeping Hershey

    Yahoo! Sports "While the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season didn’t go as planned, their AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, made the organization proud on Saturday night by winning the Calder Cup over the Hershey Bears. Oliver Bjorkstrand, who was named playoff MVP after scoring 10 goals and 16 points in 17..." June 12

  • Blue Jackets' Hartnell waives no-movement clause to several teams

    The Score "Columbus Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell could be on the move. The 34-year-old has reportedly agreed to waive his no-movement clause, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, citing sources." June 11

  • ‘Aggressive offers being made’ for Blue Jackets’ top pick

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 on Wednesday afternoon. On how active he thinks the trade market will be involving teams in the first round, and if we’ll see a number of teams attempting to move up or down: “Yeah, well I’m glad you brought that up. There’s certainly the potential of..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Lightning hire former Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards as assistant

    The Score "Former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards has been hired as an assistant for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the club announced Tuesday. Richards coached Columbus for five seasons, leading the franchise to its first-ever playoff wins in 2014 and finishing as the team's all-time leader in..." June 07

  • Columbus Blue Jackets: Take AHL success with a grain of salt

    iSportsweb "Fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization are in the middle of history. The Blue Jackets, nor their AHL team, has ever made it to the final round of the playoffs. However, the Lake Erie Monsters have recently changed that. Hockey minds all over Columbus are buzzing about the young Blue..." June 04

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Blue Jackets, Oilers holding on to 2nd-round picks as compensation deadline arrives

    The Score "It's arguably the least sexy deadline day. Take it away, Elliotte Friedman: According to Friedman, the Columbus Blue Jackets, who hired head coach John Tortorella from the Vancouver Canucks, are holding on to their 2016 second-round draft pick. Columbus has another two years to fork over a..." June 02

  • Jackets not expected to sign Quebec league prospect Pelletier

    Pro Hockey Talk "Julien Pelletier, the QMJHL Sherbrooke forward taken in the fourth round of the ’14 draft, is unlikely to receive an entry-level contract from the Blue Jackets, per the Columbus Dispatch. The move would mean Pelletier could re-enter this year’s draft. The Blue Jackets have until Wednesday to..." May 31

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Rychel trying to make his mark in minors

    Columbus Dispatch "In 2013, the Blue Jackets spent their three first-round draft picks on forwards Alexander Wennberg, Kerby Rychel and Marko Dano. One season later, in 2014-15, Wennberg was an NHL regular, learning on the fly against some of the league’s best centers. He now is two years deep in the league. Dano..." May 21

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • It Might be Time For the Blue Jackets to Trade Sergei Bobrovsky

    The Comeback "What should the Columbus Blue Jackets do with Bob? The Blue Jackets long had a goalie carousel of underachievers which ended with Steve Mason imploding. Acquiring Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers for three draft picks instantly brought the team much-needed stability between the..." May 16

  • Blues’ success makes Blue Jackets’ execs feel good about their blueprint

    Pro Hockey Talk "Many prominent members of the Columbus Blue Jackets once called a lot of shots in St. Louis, so it makes sense that the Blues’ success can be heartening. (Especially when Blue Jackets staffers probably want to talk about anything other than the enormous disappointment that was the 2015-16..." May 15

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Top 3 picks 'unlikely' to be moved; Oilers' No. 4 pick 'in play'

    The Score "It appears the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Columbus Blue Jackets - the teams with the first three selections in the NHL draft - have no intention of trading their picks. TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday that the Maple Leafs, Jets and Blue Jackets are "very unlikely" to trade out..." May 01

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • Blue Jackets | New deal for Seth Jones is top priority of summer

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets won’t play a meaningful game for nearly six months, but the offseason should be anything but sleepy. The biggest challenge this summer may be signing defenseman Seth Jones, a restricted free agent as of July 1, to a contract extension. Jones, 21, was acquired by trade in January..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Blue Jackets Sign Undrafted Scott

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets have signed forward Justin Scott to an entry-level contract, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Scott, 20, has spent the past four seasons playing for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League. In 67 games this season, he had 28 goals, 37 assists, a plus-32 rating and 60 penalty..." April 15

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

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    NHL Blue Jackets @BlueJacketsNHL

    UPDATE: #CBJ have assigned Joonas Korpisalo, Justin Falk and Dean Kukan to Lake Erie (@monstershockey). #BattleTogether

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    Rob Mixer @RobMixer

    For clarity's sake: they're being assigned to CLE but likely staying in Buffalo & heading to Rochester, where the #Monsters play next. #CBJ

  • Lowly Blue Jackets 1 of 5 teams to boast multiple 30-goal scorers

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets have something to be encouraged about as a long and disappointing season comes to an end. On track to finish near the bottom of the standings, the Blue Jackets are one of only five NHL teams to boast multiple 30-goal scorers - Boone Jenner and Brandon Saad - with two..." April 09