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  • Artemi Panarin Meets With Columbus Blue Jackets, Still No Extension Progress

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the most interesting emerging storylines of this offseason has been the future of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin. The 26-year old forward told the team he was not interested in signing a long-term extension right away, instead needing some time to decide where he wants..." July 16

  • Blue Jackets sign Bjorkstrand to 3-year deal

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets signed restricted free-agent forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to a three-year contract Sunday, the club announced. His new deal carries an annual average value of $2.5 million, according to The Athletic's Aaron..." July 15

  • Blue Jackets’ Ryan Murray accepts 1-year qualifying offer

    Sportsnet "Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Ryan Murray has accepted his one-year qualifying offer worth $2.825 million. Murray, the No. 2 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, had one goal and 12 points in 44 games this past season. The 24-year-old has battles injuries throughout his..." July 14

  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford dials back comments about Blue Jackets

    Sportsnet "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford addressed his recent comments about the Columbus Blue Jackets in a new interview. “I have nothing but respect for the Columbus Blue Jackets,” Rutherford said to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh..." July 13

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Panarin, Blue Jackets seem destined for disappointing split

    Pro Hockey Talk "In his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets Artemi Panarin turned out to be everything the team could have possibly hoped for him to be. If anything, he may have exceeded their expectations. After two outstanding years riding shotgun alongside Patrick Kane in Chicago, Panarin..." July 09

  • Columbus’ Panarin Likely To Be Next Star Player On The Move

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many contract extensions already in the books and the realization by the Ottawa Senators that Erik Karlsson needs to be traded, that might suggest to some fans that after Karlsson the superstar market might be closed for some time. Yet that isn’t the case as several players have not..." July 08

  • Expect Blue Jackets to be very glad they signed Duclair

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vegas Golden Knights provided a lot of lessons to the rest of the NHL, if teams wanted to listen. One of the key messages many seemed to receive was that the Golden Knights took talented, unappreciated players, gave them great opportunities, and raked in the profits. When we look..." July 08

  • Anthony Duclair Expected To Sign With Columbus Blue Jackets

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After failing to receive a qualifying offer from the Chicago Blackhawks last week, Anthony Duclair became an unrestricted free agent and could sign anywhere he chose. That landing spot is apparently the Columbus Blue Jackets, as Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports that the young winger will..." July 05

  • Report: Blue Jackets contacted Sens about Karlsson, price could be too high

    The Score "The Dallas Stars are seen as the front-runners in the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have also contacted the Ottawa Senators about a potential trade for the superstar defenseman, according to The Athletic's..." July 05

  • Blue Jackets ink ‘key contributor’ Boone Jenner to four-year deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s some uncertainty as to whether or not the Columbus Blue Jackets will be able to sign Artemi Panarin to a long-term deal, but questions have now been answered about another young forward on the team. On Thursday morning, the Jackets announced that they had..." July 05

  • Blue Jackets have contacted Sens about Karlsson, price could be too high

    The Score "The Dallas Stars are seen as the front-runners in the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have also contacted the Ottawa Senators about a potential trade for the superstar defenseman, according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline. League sources told Portzline..." July 04

  • Boone Jenner Close To Re-Signing With Columbus Blue Jackets

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets are close to re-signing one of their three key restricted free agents, according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic and Bruce Bolton of NHL Network, inking Boone Jenner to a four-year contract. Jenner was issued a qualifying offer last week and had arbitration rights,..." July 04

  • Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Tommy Cross

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets are bringing in a familiar face in former USHL Junior Blue Jackets player Tommy Cross. The 28-year-old defenseman, a long-time Boston Bruins depth player, is also a good friend of Cam Atkinson from the pair’s time at Boston College...." July 01

  • Columbus Signs Defenseman Adam Clendening

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Blue Jackets continue to add to their defensive depth, now adding journeyman blue liner Adam Clendening to their ranks. The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reports that it is a one-year, two-way deal for Clendening and adds that he will be paid $700K at the NHL level and $300K at..." July 01

  • Tortorella explodes on Penguins' Rutherford, Johnson: 'Shut the f--- up!'

    The Score "John Tortorella has repeatedly called the Pittsburgh Penguins "whiners" in the past and has unleashed his fury on both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but his latest criticism is zeroed in on Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Following Pittsburgh's signing of..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets sign Riley Nash to 3-year, $8.25 million

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed veteran forward Riley Nash to a three-year deal worth $8.25 million. Nash appeared in 76 games last season for the Boston Bruins and had a career year. He recorded a personal best in goals (15) and assists (26) for 41 points. Nash was..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets Sign Dillon Simpson to Two-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Dillon Simpson to a two-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract, club general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Simpson, 25, was selected by Edmonton in the fourth round, 92nd overall, in the..." July 01

  • Ian Cole, Matt Calvert To Sign With Colorado Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche will be adding some Stanley Cup experience to their blue line next season, as multiple reporters including Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet expect the team to sign Ian Cole today. The deal will be for three seasons at an average annual value of $4.25MM. The team is also..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets, Rangers have expressed interest in Komarov

    The Score "Free agent forward Leo Komarov is attracting suitors, as the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have expressed interest in the 31-year-old, reports Aaron Portzline of The Athletic. Komarov is set to hit the open market upon the conclusion of a four-year deal with the Toronto..." June 30

  • Penguins plan to add defenseman Jack Johnson once free agency begins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins intend to sign free agent defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year contract when free agency begins at noon Sunday, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday. The deal is expected to be for a total of around $16 million, with an average annual value of between..." June 27

  • Blackhawks acquire Schroeder from Blue Jackets for Berube

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Jordan Schroeder from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Jean-Francois Berube. Schroeder played in 21 games for the Blue Jackets in 2017-18 and recorded one goal and one assist. " June 27

  • Penguins’ talks with defenseman Jack Johnson intensify

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "With the interview window for soon-to-be unrestricted free agents officially open, the Penguins and defenseman Jack Johnson have talked, and there seems to be plenty of mutual interest in a potential deal, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday. Rules prohibit the two..." June 26

  • Report: Blue Jackets at top of Rick Nash's list of potential destinations

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets' all-time leading scorer is apparently keen on a reunion. Rick Nash has the Blue Jackets at the top of his list of potential destinations, The Athletic's Aaron Portzline reports. The Blue Jackets are showing more interest..." June 25

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 First and Second All-Star Teams

    Hockey Fights "NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2017-18 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Hall, who received the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2018 NHL..." June 21

  • Should the Blackhawks explore bringing back Artemi Panarin?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Here's an interesting development as we approach the NHL Draft: Artemi Panarin has informed the Blue Jackets that he's not ready to consider an extension "at this time" and because of that, Columbus is testing the market for the Russian winger, according to Elliotte Friedman..." June 20

  • Report: Panarin not ready to sign extension, Blue Jackets testing market for him

    The Score "Artemi Panarin has reportedly told the Columbus Blue Jackets that he is not ready to consider a contract extension "at this time," according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Panarin is set to become an unrestricted free agent after next season, so..." June 19

  • Jack Johnson’s Value Still High Despite Down Year

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Earlier this season Jack Johnson asked the Columbus Blue Jackets to trade him. It didn’t have anything to do with a distaste for the team, city or coaching staff, but instead because he was looking ahead and trying to secure a healthy payday for himself. Johnson had been embroiled in a..." June 12

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' keys heading into '18 offseason

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Last summer, the Blue Jackets made one of the bigger trades of the summer when they shipped Brandon Saad to Chicago in exchange for Artemi Panarin.  They were hoping that the Russian winger would provide them with more firepower up front.  While he had a nice year, the team actually..." June 09

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Blue Jackets’ Carson Meyer Transferring To Ohio State

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Carson Meyer is Mr. Ohio. The Powell-native grew up playing in the Ohio Blue Jackets youth system, enrolled at Miami University in Ohio in 2016, and was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets as an over-ager in the sixth round of the draft last year. So, with news of his desire to transfer..." May 25

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Blue Jackets prospect’s lengthy illness spawned by two-foot tapeworm

    Sportress of Blogitude "No one could figure out what was ailing Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Carson Meyer for months, something that led to the Miami (OH) forward to struggle mightily in his sophomore campaign after putting up good numbers in his freshman year. Doctors tested for mononucleosis and other..." May 23

  • Blue Jackets | Alexandre Texier signs three-year, entry-level contract

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets have signed center Alexandre Texier, their second-round draft pick (No. 45 overall) in last year’s NHL draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen, who watched Texier play for France at the IIHF..." May 22

  • Sabres, Blue Jackets to play in Kraft Hockeyville USA game "Clinton, New York, the winner of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018, will host the Buffalo Sabres® and Columbus Blue Jackets® NHL preseason game on September 25, 2018, Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA)..." May 18

  • Blue Jackets Unlikely To Add At Center This Summer

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It was another strong regular season for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2017-18. The team had its second-best finish with 97 points behind the strong efforts of all-world goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, blossoming young defensemen like Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, rookie..." May 15

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Six potential destinations for pending UFA Joe Thornton

    Sportsnet "The San Jose Sharks could be active in the player market this summer, with projected cap space as high as $20 million if the salary cap rises to the $80-million range. This could put them squarely into the thick of the John Tavares sweepstakes, should the Islanders star test free agency. At the..." May 08

  • Columbus Blue Jackets sign Jonathan Davidsson to three-year ELC "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Jonathan Davidsson to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Davidsson, 21, recorded 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points with 12 penalty minutes, a +18 plus/minus rating and averaged 14:24 of ice..." May 04

  • Zach Werenski Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, Out 5-6 Months

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to Brian Hedger of, Columbus Blue Jackets star defenseman Zach Werenski underwent shoulder surgery this morning and will be out for five to six months. The issue apparently had bothered Werenski since October 30th, when he first suffered the injury. " May 03

  • Jackets assistant GM interviews for Wild job

    TSN "Columbus Blue Jackets assistant general manager Bill Zito interviewed with the Minnesota Wild about their vacant GM job on Thursday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. The Wild are talking to different candidates as the process continues. The Nashville Predators assistant GM..." April 28

  • Blue Jackets send several players to World Championships

    Yardbarker "Every year when a team is eliminated in the first round, calls come in from the various World Championship teams to see if players are willing (and healthy enough) to suit up for their respective countries. For the Columbus Blue Jackets, many players in the organization received those..." April 26

  • How should Blue Jackets feel about their season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Columbus Blue Jackets are a team with a relatively young core. Even though they were the “underdogs” in their first-round series against the Washington Capitals, they have to be disappointed a with the way things ended, and there’s a few reasons for that. The Jackets caught the league by..." April 24

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Trotz: Capitals will need 'killer instinct' to eliminate Blue Jackets in Game 6

    The Score "Guarantees are nice. Heck, winning streaks in the playoffs are even better. But, for Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, he knows exactly what he wants out of his club on Monday night if it hopes to knock off the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games and advance to the second..." April 22

  • Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella: 'We'll be back here for Game 7'

    USA Today "Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella can be a man of few words in his postgame news conferences. In fact, in blowout losses, he sometimes makes an appearance to just say he has nothing to add. But with the Blue Jackets losing 4-3 in overtime to fall behind the Washington Capitals 3-2..." April 22

  • Capitals lose Burakovsky for rest of Blue Jackets series

    Pro Hockey Talk "Capitals coach Barry Trotz shared bad news with reporters (including the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan): Andre Burakovsky will miss at least the remainder of the series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Burakovsky required “minor surgery” for an upper-body injury suffered thanks to a..." April 20

  • NHL Linesman Steve Barton suffers dislocated knee cap, torn quadriceps in game

    USA Today "NHL linesman Steve Barton will undergo surgery after suffering a dislocated knee cap and torn quadriceps during the Columbus Blue Jackets-Washington Capitals playoff game Sunday night. The ugly injury occurred when Barton was skating backwards and nicked the skate of Columbus forward Josh..." April 16

  • Blue Jackets’ Wennberg out for Game 2 vs. Capitals

    Sportsnet "Columbus Blue Jackets centre Alexander Wennberg will miss Game 2 of his team’s opening-round series against the Washington Capitals. As a result, Sonny Milano will draw into the Blue Jackets lineup on Sunday." April 14