Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Blue Jackets recall Murray after 1-game AHL conditioning stint

    CBS Sports "Murray (back) was recalled from his conditioning assignment with AHL Cleveland on Monday. Murray potted a goal in his one appearance for the Monsters on Sunday, which is a pretty good indication he is ready to go. " February 19

  • Slumping Blue Jackets lose Nick Foligno for 1-2 weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Times are tough for the Columbus Blue Jackets right now. After losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday evening the Blue Jackets are now just 4-9-2 in their past 15 games and have fallen out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, sitting one point back of the New York Islanders..." February 19

  • Blue Jackets GM talks trade deadline and if he needs to be active

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets could be an interesting team to watch at the trade deadline. Predicted by some at the start of the season to win the Metropolitan Division and challenge for the East crown, the Blue Jackets have battled inconsistency all season. After losing five in a row, Columbus has..." February 14

  • Blue Jackets’ Foligno on benching: ‘Worst feeling in the world’

    Sportsnet "Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was displeased with his captain Nick Foligno after he took a costly hooking penalty during the second period of their game against the San Jose Sharks on Friday. The Sharks converted with the extra man in what would be the game-winning goal and..." February 03

  • Dubinsky: 'I came home to look after myself'

    Columbus Dispatch "Center Brandon Dubinsky is expected to be back in the Blue Jackets’ lineup on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild after sitting out 18 games because of a facial fracture. If he isn’t, there is a “1,000 percent” chance he will return the following game, Dubinsky promised on Monday. He also..." January 30

  • Boudreau says it's 'ridiculous, wrong' Blue Jackets' Jones can play after missing All-Star Game

    Sporting News "The NHL has a hard-and-fast rule: Miss the All-Star Game, due to injury, illness, or whatever the reason may be, and sit out at least one game. At least that was thought to be the case, but a change in that mandate has Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau a bit agitated. The Wild are in..." January 30

  • Zach Werenski to replace Seth Jones on Metro All-Star Team

    Pro Hockey Talk "We have another change to make to the Metropolitan Division All-Star team. The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Friday afternoon that defenseman Zach Werenski will replace Seth Jones on the roster. Jones, according to the team, is dealing with an illness and will not make the trip to..." January 26

  • Blue Jackets sign F Gerbe to two-way deal

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Gerbe to a one-year, two-way contract for the remainder of the season on Tuesday. The team said Gerbe would be placed on waivers Wednesday for the purpose of being assigned to the AHL's Cleveland Monsters. The 30-year-old centre has been out of the NHL since the..." January 24

  • Brandon Dubinsky sent home by Blue Jackets; career could be in jeopardy?

    Larry Brown Sports "Brandon Dubinsky has been out of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ lineup since he suffered an orbital fracture in a fight a month ago, and a report now claims his season and career could be in jeopardy over a separate issue. Dubinsky was sent home from the Blue Jackets’ road trip on Tuesday for..." January 24

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Blue Jackets Acquire Jeff Zatkoff from Kings

    Hockey Fights "The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. He has been assigned to the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters. Zatkoff, 30, is 18-21-4 with a 2.72..." January 22

  • Blue Jackets trade John Ramage to Coyotes for future considerations

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Coyotes announced Monday they had traded for Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman John Ramage in exchange for future considerations. Ramage, 26, played in 33 games for the Cleveland Monsters this season with two goals, seven assists and a minus-10 plus-minus. He was originally drafted..." January 22

  • Panarin's shootout prowess paying off for Jackets "Each time Artemi Panarin grabs the puck in a shootout, the expectation now is that he'll score a goal. Maybe it'll be with a slick little forehand-backhand deke. Maybe he'll roof a shot off the backhand. Maybe he'll give a head fake and just blow it by the goalie off the forehand. "I just..." January 21

  • Tortorella insists Johnson wants to be a Blue Jacket: 'Jack loves it here'

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson initiated a private meeting before last Friday’s game to let coach John Tortorella know of his interest to be traded, but both said Wednesday their relationship remains strong and they can envision a future for Johnson in Columbus. “You slowly start getting..." January 18

  • Sonny Milano out four to six weeks, Tyler Motte recalled

    Yardbarker "The Columbus Blue Jackets add another reason to their claim of Jussi Jokinenearlier today, as they announce that Sonny Milano will be out four to six weeks with a torn oblique. The team has also recalled Tyler Motte from the AHL for the time being. Milano was injured during a game earlier this..." January 17

  • Blue Jackets claim Jussi Jokinen off waivers from Kings

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed forward Jussi Jokinen off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. Jokinen has one goal and five assists this season, split between the Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Los Angeles acquired the Finnish winger from Edmonton on Nov. 14 in a trade for Mike..." January 17

  • Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson requests trade

    The Athletic "Jack Johnson, citing a dramatically diminished role this season and a desire to better position himself for free agency in the summer, has asked the Blue Jackets to be traded, sources have confirmed to The Athletic. The veteran defenseman would not comment on the report when asked by The..." January 13

  • Blue Jackets activate center Alexander Wennberg off Injured Reserve "The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Alexander Wennberg off injured reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Wennberg suffered a back injury on December 21 at Pittsburgh and has missed the past eight games. Wennberg, 23, has recorded four goals and 12 assists..." January 10

  • Blue Jackets' David Savard Fined $5,000 for Slashing

    Hockey Fights "Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck." January 08

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • Blue Jackets’ Atkinson, Wennberg out 4-6 weeks with injuries

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without injured forwards Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg for the next four to six weeks, the team announced Tuesday. Atkinson suffered a fractured foot on Dec. 23 in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The 28-year-old has led Columbus in scoring in each..." December 26

  • NHL rescinds Blue Jackets centre Boone Jenner’s game misconduct

    Sportsnet "Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner received a cross-checking major and a questionable game misconduct in a chippy 3-2 shootout loss Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to multiple reports Saturday, the NHL informed the Blue Jackets that Jenner’s game misconduct has been..." December 23

  • Penguins’ Malkin on rivalry with Blue Jackets: ‘We hate each other’

    Sportsnet "The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets is heated, to say the least. Actually, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin would go one step further. “It’s not surprise. It did not start yesterday, it started a long time ago,” Malkin told Aaron Portzline of The Athletic on..." December 22

  • Brandon Dubinsky out 6-8 weeks with facial fracture

    Hardball Talk "Tuesday was just a day to forget for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Not only did they get obliterated by the Edmonton Oilers, 7-2, but they also lost center Brandon Dubinsky to injury. Dubinsky was shaken up after taking punches from Oilers forward Zack Kassian with under two minutes remaining in..." December 16

  • Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky to miss significant time with fractured orbital bone

    Sporting News "Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was placed on injured reserve and will be out six to eight weeks with a fractured orbital bone, the team announced Wednesday. Dubinsky suffered the injury in the third period of the Blue Jackets' 7-2 loss to the Oilers on Tuesday when he got into a fight..." December 13

  • John Tortorella explains why he made Cam Atkinson a healthy scratch

    Pro Hockey Talk "One year ago Cam Atkinson scored more goals than all but seven players in the NHL. A little less than one month ago the Columbus Blue Jackets rewarded him with a seven-year, $41 million contract extension. On Saturday night when the team plays host to the Arizona Coyotes he will find himself..." December 10

  • Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson: Probable scratch Saturday

    CBS Sports "Atkinson is shaping up to be a healthy scratch Saturday night versus the Coyotes, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports. This helps explain why the Blue Jackets called up Sonny Milano from AHL Cleveland when Tyler Motte was already on the active roster serving as a spare forward. " December 09

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • The NHL is political, whether you like it or not

    Sporting News "In the immediate aftermath of raising his fist, Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats. Brown, in the eyes of some hockey fans, had broken the cardinal rule of combining sports and the vague concept of politics. For, in the NHL, the best player is a quiet player who keeps his head..." December 08

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "NHL team values are up 15% over last year to an average of $594 million, the biggest increase in three years. Deal-making in and out of hockey has been a boon to the NHL, most notably the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets (NBA), the $1.2 billion price for the Miami Marlins (MLB) and the..." December 05

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • John Tortorella on forward line combinations: It’s a bunch of BS

    Sportsnet "Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was asked about how he picks who plays where on his forward lines and he dropped some hard truth. It’s all bulls—. Aaron Portzline from The Athletic has the full quote. “It’s a bunch of bulls—. I get a kick out of us, as coaches… we talk..." November 23

  • Atkinson signs seven-year, $41.125 million contract with Blue Jackets "Forward Cam Atkinson signed a seven-year, $41.125 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The contract has an average annual value of $5.875 million. "I know. It's exciting. I couldn't be happier," Atkinson told the team website. "I think it was maybe weighing on my..." November 17

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Continue Search For Center Help

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After signing Cam Atkinson to a new seven-year extension, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets have redoubled their efforts in search of a center to add to their lineup. Knowing exactly what Atkinson will be making down the road, and that he’ll be a fixture in the..." November 17

  • Josh Anderson steps forward, emerges as offensive threat for Blue Jackets

    Pro Hockey Talk "As Josh Anderson picked himself up off the ice and turned to drop his gloves and scrap with the opposing player who put him into the boards, that’s when it hit him who he was about to fight. At 6-foot-3, 221 lbs., the Columbus Blue Jackets forward is a pretty big boy, but now he was preparing..." November 11

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Blue Jackets activate Cam Atkinson off injured reserve "The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated right wing Cam Atkinson off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Atkinson is available to return to the lineup tonight when the Blue Jackets host the Nashville Predators. Atkinson, 28, suffered a lower body injury on..." November 07

  • Matt Calvert leaves Blue Jackets' road trip after absorbing big hit on Saturday

    The Athletic "Matt Calvert has left the Blue Jackets' road trip and returned to Columbus after absorbing a big hit in the third period of the 5-4 shootout loss Saturday night to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The club is officially listing him as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He won't play Monday when the..." November 05

  • Lukas Sedlak Out Six Weeks With Ankle Injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without Lukas Sedlak for approximately six weeks after the forward suffered an ankle injury in today’s practice. Sedlak has been placed on injured reserve, while Columbus has recalled Markus Hannikainen to replace him on the roster. While Sedlak isn’t an..." October 23

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Anderson back with Blue Jackets after conditioning stint

    Pro Hockey Talk "Josh Anderson‘s brief conditioning stint in the AHL has come to an end. Now it’s time for him to show that he can continue his development this season despite missing the Blue Jackets’ training camp and preseason. The 23-year-old, who is entering his second full NHL season, didn’t participate..." October 09

  • Blue Jackets 'very, very much' still in the mix for Avalanche's Matt Duchene

    Fanrag Sports "With the NHL’s 2017-18 regular season set to begin next week, Matt Duchene remains a member of the Colorado Avalanche. It’s not a lack of interest in the 26-year-old forward that’s precluding a trade from being consummated, it’s simply that general manager Joe Sakic has stood firm on meeting a..." October 01

  • Tortorella: Dubinsky will play Saturday

    Columbus Dispatch "Brandon Dubinsky will make his preseason debut in the Blue Jackets’ final tune-up for the regular season. Today, coach John Tortorella confirmed that the center will skate Saturday night at Pittsburgh after missing the other seven preseason games while recovering from offseason wrist..." September 30

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • RFA Josh Anderson requests trade from Blue Jackets

    Sportsnet "Josh Anderson, who remains unsigned eight days before the Columbus Blue Jackets begin their regular season, has requested a trade from the NHL club, although the club says that has not been conveyed to them. After the original publication, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen reached out. “This..." September 28

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28