Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Still with Blue Jackets, Ryan Murray seeks to elevate play

    The Athletic "Barely one minute into the first scrimmage of Blue Jackets’ training camp on Saturday, fourth-line center Lukas Sedlak was sent hard into the end boards, causing a “boom” that resonated throughout the rink. “I got mad, but then I saw it was (Ryan Murray),” Sedlak said, chuckling. “He wasn’t..." September 18

  • Blue Jackets: Contract talks going nowhere, Anderson’s agent says

    Columbus Dispatch "Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and restricted free agent Josh Anderson have stopped and all previous offers are now off the table, Anderson’s agent told The Dispatch. “They aren’t going; the talks have stopped,” Darren Ferris said. “Nothing is really happening, and now he’s evaluating..." September 15

  • Would Duchene for Ryan Murray, Boone Jenner trade make sense for Avs, Blue Jackets?

    Pro Hockey Talk "With Colorado Avalanche training camp looming on Thursday, the urge to trade Matt Duchene might rise. For some Avs fans, it could be as much about getting some closure as anything else. Now, it’s important to note that there’s no word on a trade being close. Really, there are plenty of..." September 14

  • Columbus Still Expects Josh Anderson To Sign Before Camp

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Speaking with the media today, Columbus Blue Jackets’ GM Jarmo Kekalainen reiterated that he thinks Josh Anderson will be signed before training camp starts at the end of the week. Anderson is one of five unsigned restricted free agents around the league, and just this week there was a report from..." September 13

  • Quebec League scoring leader Abramov believes he’s ready to play in Columbus

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vitaly Abramov had a Quebec League season to remember in 2016-17. The 19-year-old collected 104 points in 66 contests, which was tops among all players in the league last season. Now, the Blue Jackets prospect believes he’s ready to make the leap straight to the NHL. “I want to make NHL this..." September 13

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Seth Jones, Blue Jackets want to win Stanley Cup 'right now' "Coming off the Columbus Blue Jackets' record-setting 2016-17 season, defenseman Seth Jones has no reservations about confidently and matter-of-factly stating the goal for this season. "We want to win the Stanley Cup right now," Jones said during the NHL Player Media Tour at the League offices..." September 07

  • Seth Jones: Blue Jackets have 'come a long way' "Coming off the Columbus Blue Jackets' record-setting 2016-17 season, defenseman Seth Jones has no reservations about confidently and matter-of-factly stating the goal for this season. "We want to win the Stanley Cup right now," Jones said during the NHL's Player Media Tour at the League office..." September 06

  • Panarin has points to prove with Blue Jackets "Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin was charming and self-deprecating despite the language barrier during his first local media event since being acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Brandon Saad on June 23. But there also was a glimpse of his competitiveness..." September 03

  • Blue Jackets face big cap decisions after Wennberg signing

    Pro Hockey Talk "Aside from some concerns about his numbers being inflated by a robust Blue Jackets power play, the majority of the reviews were very positive for Alex Wennberg‘s new deal with Columbus. (Read more about his six-year deal with a $4.9 million cap hit here.) Locking up the intriguing..." September 03

  • Blue Jackets sign Alexander Wennberg to six-year contract

    The Athletic "The Blue Jackets have signed Alexander Wennberg to a six-year, $29.4 million contract, getting their No. 1 center under contract just two weeks before the start of training camp. The deal carries a $4.9 million salary cap through the 2022-23 season. Wennberg, 22, will make $3.5 million this..." September 01

  • Blue Jackets hope Dubinsky will be ready for start of 2017-18 season

    Pro Hockey Talk "While Artemi Panarin spoke of winning “many trophies” during his introductory press conference with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team provided a noteworthy update on injured center Brandon Dubinsky. Granted, it wasn’t a particularly concrete one. Dubinsky underwent wrist surgery in late..." August 30

  • Dubinsky: NHL's college free-agency process is 'a joke'

    Pro Hockey Talk "During these dog days of the hockey summer, small flourishes such as the rush to sign Will Butcher stand as welcome distractions. At least for some of us. It sounds like Columbus Blue Jackets forward (and occasional bane of Sidney Crosby‘s existence) Brandon Dubinsky is not quite a fan of this..." August 25

  • Jones: Blue Jackets won't 'catch as many teams off guard' "Seth Jones is eager to step up as a leader and get back to work with his teammates as the upcoming season approaches. With training camp just around the corner, got to catch up with him to see how his summer is going. What have you been up to this summer?..." August 24

  • Blue Jackets need Bobrovsky at his best to take the next step

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it came time for the annual NHL Awards, Sergei Bobrovsky‘s rebound season was, deservedly so, recognized with a Vezina Trophy. (He was also a finalist for the Hart Trophy but that went to phenom forward Connor McDavid.) At the heart of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ franchise record-setting..." August 23

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Zach Werenski’s face almost fully healed after scary playoff injury

    Sportsnet "Zach Werenski’s rookie season with the Columbus Blue Jackets was cut short after he took a puck to the face in a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That play, which you can watch above, left Werenski with a very painful looking bruise that’s still hard to look at. Well, four..." August 19

  • ‘I’m not too stressed’ about contract situation, says RFA Wennberg "If Alexander Wennberg had his choice, he would have agreed to a new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets already. But the restricted free agent center said he's not worried about whether that will happen in time for the start of training camp in September. "Eventually it's going to work..." August 11

  • Dubois past playing it safe, ready to crack Blue Jackets roster

    Sportsnet "When the Columbus Blue Jackets tabbed Quebec native Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, expectations for the young centreman took a sharp turn north. Coming off a strong 42-goal, 99-point campaign for the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Dubois’ potential..." August 07

  • Getting sent to junior made Blue Jackets prospect Dubois a ‘more mature’ player

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pierre-Luc Dubois is back with the Canadian contingent at the World Junior Summer Showcase. In September, he’ll try to take the next steps toward making the Columbus Blue Jackets. Selected third overall by the Blue Jackets in 2016, Dubois can play center or the wing, bringing great size at..." July 31

  • Blue Jackets sign coach John Tortorella to extension through 2018-19

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets have come to terms with head coach John Tortorella on a one-year contract extension that will see him remain behind the bench through the 2018-19 NHL season." July 31

  • Johnson ‘chomping at the bit’ after Blue Jackets’ franchise-record regular season

    Pro Hockey Talk "The accolades came rolling in for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. — Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie, after his sensational 2016-17 campaign that included a .931 save percentage in 63 starts, which was a big reason for his team’s overall success. —..." July 29

  • Patrick Kane ‘disappointed’ by Artemi Panarin trade

    Chicago Sun-Times "Patrick Kane spent much of his career cycling through linemates, a new center or a new left wing showing up on a nearly nightly basis. He broke into the league alongside Jonathan Toews, fared well with Patrick Sharp, won a Stanley Cup with Michal Handzus, went on a tear with Kris Versteeg and..." July 22

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Top three best and most likely landing spots in Matt Duchene trade market

    CBS Sports "The trade market for Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, once considered a near-lock to be moved either during this past season season or in advance of this summer's free agency, has been rather quiet. But it isn't quite dead yet, if reports from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and ongoing..." July 16

  • Blue Jackets power play should receive boost from Panarin "The Columbus Blue Jackets made one of the bigger trades this summer following the best season in their history. After setting Columbus records for wins (50) and points (108), the Blue Jackets acquired left wing Artemi Panarin in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on June 23. Panarin should..." July 14

  • Analyzing five potential trade destinations for Matt Duchene

    Sportsnet "What are you expecting to get from Matt Duchene if you trade for him? A Calder Trophy finalist in his rookie season, Duchene’s production has been all over the map in his eight-season career. Peaking as nearly a point-per-game player in 2012-13 and 2013-14 (43 points in 47 games and 70 in 71..." July 14

  • Blue Jackets try to work out deal for Matt Duchene

    Columbus Dispatch "While the rest of the NHL celebrated the opening of free agency on Saturday, the Blue Jackets continued their pursuit of a top-six center by holding exhaustive trade talks with the Colorado Avalanche. As of late Saturday, the Blue Jackets had not pried center Matt Duchene off the Avalanche..." July 02

  • Columbus Blue Jackets sign defenseman Cameron Gaunce "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a two-year, two-way NHL/American Hockey League contract through the 2018-19 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Gaunce, 27, has recorded two goals and three..." July 01

  • Predators Sign Scott Hartnell to One-Year Contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has signed forward Scott Hartnell to a one-year, $1 million contract. Hartnell, 35 (4/18/82), returns to the city where his career began when the Predators selected him sixth overall..." July 01

  • Columbus Blue Jackets sign defenseman André Benoît "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman André Benoît to a one-year, two-way NHL/American Hockey League contract through the 2017-18 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Benoit, 33, has registered 11 goals and 37..." July 01

  • Rangers, Jackets, Leafs believed to be on Kovalchuk's wish list

    Pro Hockey Talk "As of noon ET, Ilya Kovalchuk can officially sign a contract with the New Jersey Devils. What happens after that remains to be seen. Kovalchuk might be signing with the Devils (because he has to), but he’s expected to wind up elsewhere via a sign-and-trade. It’ll be interesting to see where..." July 01

  • Patrick Kane emotional and disappointed to see Artemi Panarin traded

    Sportsnet "Patrick Kane would be lying if he said he was thrilled when he first heard that his Chicago Blackhawks teammate Artemi Panarin had been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “My first reaction was pretty emotional,” said Kane, who joined Sportsnet The FAN 590’s Hockey Central @ Noon on Friday to..." June 30

  • Blue Jackets, Preds submit offers for Duchene

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators have both made offers to the Colorado Avalanche for forward Matt Duchene, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Dreger reports, however, that the Avalanche are continuing to play the waiting game until their price is met on the..." June 30

  • Jackets offer Ryan Murray as part of package to get Duchene

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Blue Jackets have reportedly offered defenseman Ryan Murray as part of a package to get forward Matt Duchene out of Colorado. Per Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Jackets would also include another roster player, prospect, or draft pick. It certainly makes sense that the two..." June 30

  • Hartnell: Blue Jackets' buyout 'mutually beneficial'

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets have bought out the final two years of forward Scott Hartnell’s contract, ending the veteran wingers’ three-year run in Columbus. The end of Hartnell’s time in Columbus has seemed inevitable since the end of the season, when he started to lose his grip on a regular spot in the..." June 30

  • Blue Jackets buy out Scott Hartnell

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets have bought out the remaining two years of Scott Hartnell's contract, the team announced on Thursday. The veteran winger had two years left with an average value of $4.75 million on his six-year pact with the Jackets. "On behalf of our organization, I want to thank..." June 29

  • Blue Jackets sign Schroeder after trading for him

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not long after acquiring him in a minor trade from the Minnesota Wild, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed Jordan Schroeder to a two-year contract. The team confirms that it is a two-way deal for 2017-18 and then becomes one-way in 2018-19. Schroeder is guaranteed $350K for the first year of..." June 28

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Jordan Schroeder

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed their newest acquisition, inking Jordan Schroeder to a two-year deal. The contract will be two-way in 2017-18 while transitioning to a one-way deal in 2018-19. Schroeder was acquired this weekned in exchange for Dante Salituro after it was clear he would not..." June 27

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Anton Forsberg, Tomas Jurco

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed two of their pending restricted free agents, inking Anton Forsberg to a two-year contract and Tomas Jurco for one year. While no details have been released, getting the two restricted free agents under contract early is a nice bonus for the Blackhawks, who will..." June 26

  • Artemi Panarin 'dynamic' addition to Blue Jackets "The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the offseason seeking a dangerous scoring forward. They found their guy in Artemi Panarin, but he didn't come cheap. The Blue Jackets acquired Panarin on Friday with forward Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick (No. 170) in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas..." June 24

  • Blackhawks reacquire Saad from Blue Jackets for Panarin

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly made another massive trade on Friday before the NHL Draft, sending Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Brandon Saad. Panarin scored 61 goals and dished out 90 assists in two seasons with the Blackhawks. The winger signed a two-year..." June 23

  • Blue Jackets acquire center Jordan Schroeder from Minnesota "The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jordan Schroeder from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Dante Salituro, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Schroeder, 26, has recorded 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points with 10 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus..." June 23

  • Sergei Bobrovsky wins 2nd career Vezina Trophy

    Bleacher Report "Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky won the 2017 Vezina Trophy on Wednesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Bobrovsky captured the second Vezina of his career over Washington Capitals netminder Braden Holtby and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price. Also a Hart Trophy..." June 22

  • Blue Jackets' Tortorella wins Jack Adams Award

    Sportsnet "John Tortorella has won the Jack Adams Award as the 2016-17 NHL season’s coach of the year. Tortorella was behind the bench for the Blue Jackets’ revival, helping the team to its the best season in franchise history. They finished with a 50-24-8 record for 108 points in the tough Metropolitan..." June 22

  • Golden Knights flip Blue Jackets' 1st-round pick for Jets' 1st-round pick

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights have sent the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first-round pick in 2017 to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2017 first-rounder and 2019 third-round selection." June 22

  • Blue Jackets trade Clarkson, pair of draft picks to Golden Knights

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights acquired forward David Clarkson, a 2017 first-round draft pick and a 2019 second-round pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets for expansion draft considerations." June 22