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  • Blue Jackets Could Decide To Not Replace Sergei Bobrovsky In Free Agency

    Pro Hockey Rumors "If Sergei Bobrovsky winds up leaving Columbus in free agency this summer as many anticipate, it shouldn’t be considered a sure bet that the Blue Jackets will look to replace him.  Speaking with Aaron Portzline of The Athletic (subscription required), GM Jarmo Kekalainen indicated..." May 18

  • 7 NHL teams that desperately need to find a goalie (or two)

    Sportsnet "As Tuukka Rask’s post-season brilliance reminds us all, good goaltending is paramount to NHL success. Of the top 15 in 2018-19 team save percentage, all but three clubs (Arizona, Anaheim, Montreal) qualified for the playoffs. So, with the needle about to drop on the..." May 18

  • John Davidson resigns from Blue Jackets, Rangers return imminent

    New York Post "John Davidson is almost home, back to Broadway where he was a beloved player and announcer. The Blue Jackets’ president of hockey operations stepped down on Friday afternoon. The Rangers are expected to announce his hiring as team president later today. “The New..." May 17

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Blue Jackets sign Elvis Merzlikins to one-year, one-way contract for 2019-20

    The Cannon "The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to a one-year, one-way contract on Wednesday that will run through the 2019-2020 NHL season. Merzlikins is expected to compete for the top goalie job with the expected departure of Sergei Bobrovsky. The..." May 15

  • CBJ sign Emil Bemstrom to entry level contract "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Emil Bemstrom to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Bemstrom was selected by the Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 117th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft. Bemstrom, 19, recorded 23..." May 14

  • Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky selling Columbus condo for $2.95 million

    The Score "Unrestricted free agent Sergei Bobrovsky put his downtown Columbus condo up for sale, according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline. The Columbus Blue Jackets were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Boston Bruins earlier this week, and speculation regarding..." May 11

  • Tyson Jost and Pierre-Luc Dubois join Team Canada

    TSN "Colorado Avalanche centre Tyson Jost and Columbus Blue Jackets centre Pierre-Luc Dubois will join Team Canada at the world hockey championship in Slovakia. Jost is expected to arrive this weekend.  Canada needed to add a player after losing star centre John Tavares to..." May 11

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito interviewing for Seattle GM opening

    Yardbarker "The Seattle NHL expansion franchise had reported interest in Kelly McCrimmon and Ken Holland for its GM post, but with both of those options now gone — one promoted in Vegas and the other hired in Edmonton — Seattle has to move on to other candidates.  One of those is..." May 09

  • Matt Duchene: Staying in Columbus ‘would be a great thing’

    Sportsnet "Matt Duchene has clearly enjoyed his time with the Columbus Blue Jackets since the trade deadline. “I’ve been so happy to be a Blue Jacket and been grateful to be here,” Duchene told reporters during an exit interview Wednesday. With his season complete,..." May 08

  • Jarmo Kekalainen addresses UFAs: 'We want guys who are proud to be Columbus Blue Jackets'

    The Score "The third-period horn at Nationwide Arena on Monday night sounded the end to the Columbus Blue Jackets' season, and thus kicked off the most compelling offseason in franchise history. Columbus has six pending unrestricted free agents. There are deadline additions Matt Duchene,..." May 07

  • Despite Blue Jackets' historic season, John Tortorella looking to the future

    Sporting News "John Tortorella put the Blue Jackets' run in the 2019 NHL playoffs into perspective as only he could in the aftermath of Monday's 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena. "Don't even go there with me," Tortorella said. "I'm not going to listen..." May 07

  • Columbus Blue Jackets view Game 6 against Boston Bruins as opportunity, not adversity "Nick Foligno appropriately shrugged and half-heartedly chuckled when the word adversity was mentioned after the Columbus Blues Jackets' 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 5 at TD Garden on Saturday. "This is going to allow us to showcase that we're a team that's..." May 06

  • Columbus Blue Jackets have no regrets on moves to make playoffs "General manager Jarmo Kekalainen has no regrets about how the Columbus Blue Jackets mortgaged some of their future to be in the position they are in now in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kekalainen spoke via teleconference on Sunday, a day before the Blue Jackets host the Boston Bruins at..." May 06

  • Blue Jackets view Game 6 against Bruins as opportunity, not adversity "Nick Foligno appropriately shrugged and half-heartedly chuckled when the word adversity was mentioned after the Columbus Blues Jackets' 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 5 at TD Garden on Saturday. "This is going to allow us to showcase that we're a team that's..." May 05

  • John Tortorella did not appreciate ‘stupid questions’ after Game 5 loss

    Larry Brown Sports "John Tortorella was not in the mood for “stupid questions” after his Columbus Blue Jackets lost in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. The Blue Jackets lost 4-3 in Boston to fall behind 3-2 in the series — a big..." May 05

  • Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella guarantees a Game 7

    Sporting News "John Tortorella expects to return to Boston next week. The Blue Jackets head coach told reporters after his team's 4-3 Game 5 loss to the Bruins on Saturday that he believes the series will go the distance, despite Boston now holding a 3-2 lead. "Things happen for a..." May 05

  • Hurricanes will play Bruins or Blue Jackets in Eastern Conference Final "The Carolina Hurricanes advanced to the Eastern Conference Final and will play the Boston Bruins or Columbus Blue Jackets. Carolina defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 in Game 4 on Friday to sweep the second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series and advance to the conference final for the..." May 04

  • Nash enjoying playoffs as part of Blue Jackets management team "Rick Nash got a call from Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen shortly after he made his NHL retirement official Jan. 11. It wasn't just a call to congratulate Nash on a great playing career. This was a business call. "He said, 'What are you..." May 04

  • Jones' mother always on go with Blue Jackets in playoffs "It's tough keeping up with the Joneses, but their mother is up to the task. Amy Jones is in full hockey-mom mode these days, collecting frequent flyer miles and crisscrossing the country to see sons Seth and Caleb play in their respective postseasons. Seth Jones is a defenseman..." May 04

  • Bruins-Blue Jackets series likely to come down to special teams "The Eastern Conference Second Round between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins has been so good, it's worthy of being a Stanley Cup Final. It's close, evenly matched, tied 2-2 going into Game 5 at TD Garden on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN,..." May 04

  • Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov inks entry-level deal

    CBS Sports "Tarasov signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The deal will begin with the 2019-20 campaign. Tarasov spent the majority of the 2018-19 season with Toros Neftekamsk of the VHL in his native Russia, maintaining an impressive 1.71 GAA and .928 save..." May 04

  • Tuukka Rask doesn't read into 'goalie battle' with Sergei Bobrovsky

    Sporting News "Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was the headliner after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but Boston counterpart Tuukka Rask insisted that was not a motivating factor two nights later. "I don't read headlines," Rask joked after a 39-save performance that..." May 04

  • Don Cherry rips NHL for dumb replay review restrictions after Bruins-Blue Jackets debacle

    WEEI Boston "Bruins fans aren’t the only folks who are outraged about the referees allowing play to continue after the Blue Jackets shot the puck off the netting above the goal, leading to Columbus’ first and only goal of Game 4. Legendary hockey analyst Don Cherry is peeved..." May 03

  • Brad Marchand Defends His Punch, Says It Was Response To Blue Jackets Punching Jake DeBrusk

    CBS Boston "Brad Marchand punched an unsuspecting opponent on Tuesday night, in the midst of a heated playoff game. On Wednesday afternoon, after having some time to settle down, Marchand … didn’t regret a thing. After word broke Wednesday morning that he would not be facing a..." May 01

  • Wennberg boosts Blue Jackets penalty kill against Bruins in second round "There was a time the Columbus Blue Jackets saw Alexander Wennberg as their No. 1 center of the future. That view and his role have changed to the point that Wennberg's biggest value is preventing goals, not scoring them. Specifically, being a key member of the Blue Jackets penalty..." April 30

  • Panarin risk paying off for Blue Jackets in playoffs "Artemi Panarin was low in the right circle, so deep that the puck was touching the bottom arc as it was on his stick blade. The Columbus Blue Jackets left wing barely had an angle to shoot, not much of an opening either. Didn't matter. It rarely does when Panarin has the puck and..." April 30

  • Bobrovsky’s playoff revival leading Blue Jackets

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Jarmo Kekkalainen decided to push all of his chips to the center of the table by acquiring Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel at the trade deadline, it was one of the boldest plays of any general manager in recent NHL history. The potential for the entire thing to blow up in his face..." April 30

  • Is the Columbus Blue Jackets’ success bad for the NHL?

    The Cannon "The underdog Columbus Blue Jackets became the first team to advance in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they were soon joined by other unlikely second round surprises like the Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders and Dallas Stars. Those victories..." April 30

  • Panarin leading Blue Jackets on, off ice during playoffs "The "Breadman" is rising to the occasion for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Artemi Panarin, who got his nickname from Joel Quenneville when they were together with the Chicago Blackhawks four years ago, a play on the bakery and cafe chain Panera..." April 29

  • Bruins coach, Blue Jackets assistant are friends, playoff opponents "When Brad Shaw showed the picture around the Columbus Blue Jackets dressing room, a photo of two teenagers skating side-by-side in old-school Cooperalls and Canada hockey jerseys, he had a request: "I said to a couple players, 'Can we beat these guys so this guy in this picture..." April 29

  • Savard finds recipe for success with Blue Jackets in playoffs "David Savard might be wise to seek an endorsement deal with a company that makes ice packs whenever he and the Columbus Blue Jackets are finished playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Savard, the Blue Jackets bearded and burly defenseman, hasn't come across a hit he's been..." April 28

  • Atkinson laughs off Marchand antics, focuses on Game 2 for Blue Jackets "Cam Atkinson thought of a way Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand can make amends for his stick-breaking stomp in overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Thursday. "He owes me $300," the Columbus Blue Jackets right wing said while laughing after..." April 27

  • Bruins' Brad Marchand appears to intentionally break Cam Atkinson's stick before faceoff

    Sporting News "There always seems to be a storyline surrounding Brad Marchand in the playoffs and one popped up Thursday after the Bruins' 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 over the Blue Jackets. With 16:27 left in the first overtime period, Marchand was matched up with Cam Atkinson as the two awaited..." April 26

  • Blue Jackets miss prime opportunity in Game 1 against Bruins "If what happened in Game 1 really is just a good lesson learned for the Columbus Blue Jackets, as they said it was, then maybe their optimism will help them as they forge on in the Eastern Conference Second Round. But if it is a sign of things to come, of inconsistencies that are..." April 26

  • Bobrovsky building reputation for Blue Jackets in playoffs "What if Sergei Bobrovsky doesn't make that save on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov 26 seconds into the second period of Game 1 in the Eastern Conference First Round? What happens then to the Columbus Blue Jackets goalie with a history of sub-par performances in the Stanley Cup..." April 26

  • Marchand takes jab at ex-teammate Nash

    TSN "Brad Marchand had some interesting words for Columbus Blue Jackets forward Riley Nash following a physical Game 1.  “I don’t think he had a hit in two years with us," Marchand said Friday of his former teammate via Fluto Shinzawa of The..." April 26

  • Jones' dad gets to watch Blue Jackets in Boston after NBA playoff exit "Popeye Jones wasn't eager to return to TD Garden so quickly. Then the puck dropped. The Boston Bruins home was where Jones, an assistant coach with the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and his team lost the first two games of their playoff series, a sweep at the hands of the Boston..." April 25

  • Adam McQuaid, Ryan Murray Remain Out For Blue Jackets

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For anyone hoping to see Adam McQuaid face off against his former team this postseason, you’ll have to wait a while longer. As the Columbus Blue Jackets departed for Boston today to face the Bruins in their second-round series, Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch reports that..." April 24

  • Gavrikov could make NHL debut for Blue Jackets in Game 1 against Bruins "Vladislav Gavrikov could make his NHL debut for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said during a teleconference..." April 24

  • Duchene savors trip to second round of playoffs with Blue Jackets "Matt Duchene is closer to the Stanley Cup than he has ever been in his NHL career.  The center led the Columbus Blue Jackets with seven points (three goals, four assists) in their historic sweep of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference..." April 21

  • Blue Jackets will play Bruins or Maple Leafs in second round of playoffs "The Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs. The Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 in Game 4 on Tuesday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first postseason..." April 21

  • Gavrikov could help Blue Jackets in second round of playoffs "Sergei Bobrovsky did not practice for a second straight day, but defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov skated for the first time with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. While the goalie took another maintenance day, according to coach John Tortorella, Gavrikov practiced less than 24 hours..." April 21

  • Both No. 1 seeds ousted in Round 1 for 1st time in expansion era

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Calgary Flames from the postseason in five games Friday night with a one-sided 5-1 victory. Along with the Tampa Bay Lightning's sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, it marked the first time both No. 1 seeds lost in the first round in the..." April 20

  • Three finalists named for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

    Sporting News "Blue Jackets left winger Nick Foligno, Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner and Sharks center Joe Thornton are the three finalists for the 2019 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award, named in honor of the late Bill Masterton, a North Stars player who died in 1968 as the result of..." April 19

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Blue Jackets trolled Lightning hard in tweet after sweep

    Larry Brown Sports "The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off the unthinkable, sweeping the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and then they gloated about it. After taking a 3-0 lead in the series, Columbus came out looking to end things on Tuesday night. They got out..." April 17

  • Blue Jackets fans banned from bringing brooms to Game 4 vs. Lightning

    Sportsnet "Columbus Blue Jackets fans are ready to break out the brooms…only it’ll have to be metaphorically and not literally. That’s because Nationwide Arena is banning spectators attending Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning from bringing brooms into the..." April 16

  • Matt Duchene shedding playoff curse with Blue Jackets on cusp of history

    Sportsnet "There was a time when Matt Duchene was thought to be a bad omen for a team with playoff hopes. That time seems to be over. If you doubt it, ask fans of the Ottawa Senators. They have started charting the playoff points of some of their dearly and recently departed stars like Duchene,..." April 15