Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Blue Jackets RFA Josh Anderson contacts Hockey Canada about Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL’s regular season is right around the corner yet Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson remains an unsigned restricted free agent. According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, this has resulted in the Burlington, Ont., native’s representatives reaching out to Hockey Canada to inquire..." September 22

  • Panarin trying to ‘find chemistry’ with new teammates in Columbus

    Chicago Sun-Times "Artemi Panarin was blindsided by the trade that sent him to the Columbus Blue Jackets. But three months later, he certainly doesn’t sound devastated by it. ‘‘This is business, baby,’’ he said — in English — with a broad smile after the Blackhawks’ 5-2 preseason victory Tuesday at Nationwide..." September 20

  • 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