Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • Avs Give Rene Bourque a PTO: Report

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Rene Bourque to a professional tryout (PTO), according to James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail. The former University of Wisconsin Badger most recently spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets, putting up three goals and eight points in 49 games last..." August 25

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • After frustrating year, Saad raring to go in World Cup

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Brandon Saad isn’t used to sitting around with nothing to do. Especially in mid-April. Saad skated in 65 playoff games with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2012-15, nearly 80 percent of an NHL season. But in 2015-16, his first year with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saad never saw the..." August 20

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • Leafs, Devils, Pens, Isles Get First Jimmy Vesey Meetings, Columbus in Mix

    The Hockey Writers "At 12:01am Tuesday, Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey (along with a handful of other former collegiate skaters) became a free agent. While Vesey isn’t going to change a team’s fortunes, he’s a talented player who can improve a forward group. Importantly, acquiring the 23-year-old won’t cost anything..." August 16

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • Jack Johnson’s Shoulder “100 Percent” in Advance of World Cup

    The Hockey Writers "Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson had his season cut short by shoulder surgery in March. But the former Olympian says his shoulder is “100 percent” in advance of September’s World Cup of Hockey, where he will represent the United States. “I’ve got my family at home, so I spend a lot..." August 10

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Blue Jackets sign UFA Sam Gagner to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed UFA forward Sam Gagner to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday. According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, the deal is worth $650,000." August 01

  • Jackets Close To Signing Gagner

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets are close to signing free agent center Sam Gagner to a one-year contract, sources told The Dispatch on Saturday. The deal could be finalized as soon as Monday. Gagner, 26, had eight goals, eight assists and 25 penalty minutes in 53 games with Philadelphia last season. He also..." July 30

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Blue Jackets sign three players to one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contracts

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed three players to one-year, two-way contracts for the 2016-17 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Center Alex Broadhurst, 23, recorded 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points with 14..." July 26

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Bednar, Legace Extended; McCarthy Hired

    Columbus Dispatch "Jared Bednar, who drew NHL interest this summer after coaching AHL Lake Erie to the Calder Cup in June, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets, sources told The Dispatch. The deal carries Bednar through the 2018-19 season with the Monsters, as Bednar had one year..." July 17

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Hoepfner Leaving Blue Jackets

    Columbus Dispatch "Larry Hoepfner, an high-ranking executive with the Blue Jackets' business operations department since 2005, is leaving the organization, effective immediately, to "pursue other opportunities outside the organization," according to a brief release issued by the club today. Hoepfner was executive..." July 10

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Blue Jackets GM content with depth at center

    The Score "Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen isn't concerned with his team's depth down the middle. Kekalainen dealt 23-year-old pivot Ryan Johansen last season to the Nashville Predators for Seth Jones, and disputes the notion the team still lacks a No. 1 center. "People might say..." July 03

  • Canucks Sign Michael Chaput, Borna Rendulic and Chad Billins to One-Year Contracts

    Hockey Fights "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenceman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract. Chaput, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL Lake..." July 02

  • Trent Vogelhuber declines Jackets offer, signs with Avs

    Columbus Dispatch "Trent Vogelhuber took a big step closer to playing in the NHL on Friday but left the only franchise he’s ever known. Vogelhuber, a Dublin native and Blue Jackets’ draft pick, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche on the first day of NHL free agency. The 27-year-old..." July 02

  • Avalanche sign Colborne to 2-year deal, Tyutin to 1-year deal

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche have signed free-agent forward Joe Colborne to a two-year, $5-million contract, reports TSN's Darren Dreger. A former first-round pick, 16th overall in 2008, Colborne exploded in a big way last season, scoring 19 goals and adding 25 assists in 73 games for the Calgary..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets Buy Out Jared Boll

    The Cannon "Jared Boll has seen his time in Columbus come to an end. The right wing saw his contract bought out today, with just one year remaining on the deal. The buyout cost will be $1,133,333, spread out over the next two seasons. The annual cap hit will be $566,567." June 30

  • Dubois looking to prove Columbus right

    NHL.com "Pierre-Luc Dubois, the third pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, said he likens his game to that of Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn. But on the first day of Columbus Blue Jackets development camp Monday, he acknowledged he'll draw more comparisons to the player selected right behind him. Dubois, an..." June 29

  • Blue Jackets buy out remaining two seasons of Fedor Tyutin's contract

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have bought out the final two years of defenseman Fedor Tyutin’s contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Tyutin immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent. “Fedor Tyutin is a pro in every sense of the word and has been an important player..." June 29

  • Blue Jackets sign defenseman Seth Jones to six-year extension

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Seth Jones to a six-year contract through the 2021-22 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Kekalainen and Jones will be available to meet with the media today at 2 p.m. in the press conference room..." June 29

  • 3rd overall pick Dubois signs entry-level deal with Columbus

    The Hockey Writers "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed the third overall draft pick at the 2016 NHL draft, Pierre-Luc Dubois, to a three-year, entry-level contract, according to TNS’s Darren Dreger. The signing isn’t surprising, particularly given how much the Blue Jackets appear to believe in Dubois. They..." June 29

  • Blue Jackets look for trades, not free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets returned home from the weekend draft in Buffalo, New York, with no upgrades for next season’s roster and no relief for their salary-cap woes. Don’t expect the Blue Jackets to make a big splash when free agency dawns on Friday, either. Or even a little splash. The Jackets are..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • 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