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  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Liam Foudy impresses Blue Jackets with speed, quickness "Liam Foudy was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the No. 18 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft largely because of his speed. Now the 19-year-old forward prospect wants to be on the fast track to the NHL. With the Blue Jackets restocking their forward lines after losing unrestricted..." July 16

  • Zach Werenski, Charlie McAvoy should be in line for huge contracts

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the NHL’s restricted free agent market this summer most of the attention has been directed at forwards Mitch Marner, Mikko Rantanen, and Sebastian Aho. They are the stars, the big point-producers, and in the case of Aho, the rare player that actually received — and..." July 16

  • Blue Jackets' Ryan MacInnis puts pen to paper "Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today that restricted free agent center Ryan MacInnis has accepted the club's qualifying offer for the 2019-20 National Hockey League/American Hockey League season. MacInnis, 23, has posted 18 goals and 37 assists..." July 16

  • Sonny Milano Signs With Columbus

    Jackets Cannon "It was announced early Monday afternoon that Blue Jackets forward Sonny Milano has accepted his qualifying offer from the team for one year, $874,125. I don’t think he was in line to make much more than he did, but it’s a good idea on Milano’s part to take the offer..." July 15

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • How close did the Blue Jackets come to offer-sheeting Mitch Marner?

    Sportsnet "The longer Mitchell Marner remains unsigned, the more questions are floated into the hockey universe about whether Toronto’s biggest restricted free agent might be presented with an offer sheet. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discussed the latest —..." July 13

  • Report: Blue Jackets among teams that have talked to Mitch Marner's camp about offer sheet

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of several teams that have talked to Mitch Marner's agent about a possible offer sheet according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline. Portzline revealed that talks between Columbus and Marner's agent, Darren Ferris, have..." July 12

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • Hurricanes land Ryan Dzingel on 2-year, $6.75M deal

    The Score "The Carolina Hurricanes have plucked of one of the last significant unrestricted free agents available. The Canes have agreed to terms with forward Ryan Dzingel on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $3.375 million, the..." July 12

  • CBJ re-sign C Justin Scott to one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent center Justin Scott to a one-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract for the 2019-20 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not..." July 10

  • NHLPA announces arbitration dates

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players Association announced the dates for salary arbitration on Tuesday, beginning with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jordan Binnington scheduled for July 20. Binnington is among 40 players who filed for salary arbitration last week. Teams have..." July 09

  • Young goalie Elvis Merzlikins brings plenty of flair, personality

    Columbus Dispatch "The shot is fired from the left wing, sending the puck off the goaltender’s left pad and flipping it over his left shoulder. As it floats toward the net, end over end, Elvis Merzlikins recovers beautifully. He spots the puck, reaches back and nimbly swats it away with his..." July 08

  • Let’s get to know newcomer Gustav Nyquist

    Jackets Cannon "It might be out with center Matt Duchene, winger Artemi Panarin and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. But out with the old, in with the new, it’s time to welcome in newcomer and winger Gustav Nyquist. The ex-Shark, and before that, a member of the Red Wings, officially joined the Blue..." July 08

  • Top unsigned restricted free agents "With free agency underway, takes a closer look at the top remaining restricted free agents. A restricted free agent can receive an offer sheet contract from another team, which forward Sebastian Aho did from the Montreal Canadiens on July 1. His team can match the contract..." July 08

  • 5 playoff teams that could miss postseason in 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "It happens every year. Teams that make the playoffs one season, don’t make it the following season. Five teams that made the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs failed to qualify for the postseason in 2019. So, who might those five teams be in 2020? The five teams that made the playoffs..." July 08

  • NHL players A.J. Greer, Sonny Milano arrested in NYC brawl

    New York Post "Two NHL hockey players were arrested early Sunday for a brawl over a Manhattan nightclub bill, police sources told the Post. Sonny Milano, who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and A.J. Greer, who plays for the Colorado Avalanche, were inside an apartment on W. Houston Street near..." July 07

  • Blue Jackets re-sign Scott Harrington to three-year contract "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent defenseman Scott Harrington to a three-year contract through the 2021-22 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Harrington, 26, set career highs..." July 05

  • NHL’s restricted free agents have proven to be untouchables

    Pro Hockey Talk "Some of the NHL’s best, young players are available. Technically. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop. Every team in the league would like to add any of those players..." July 04

  • Blue Jackets bet big on their prospects

    Jackets Cannon "Prologue: Well, That Sucked It’s not news that the Columbus Blue Jackets have some built-in disadvantages relative to other teams in the NHL, including some in the Metro Division. They don’t have the history and lore of an Original Six franchise. They are not..." July 04

  • Predicting a home for 5 key remaining free agents

    The Score "The initial wave of the 2019 free agency period has come and gone, but there are still some good players available. Below, we pick out destinations for five of the biggest names left. Jake Gardiner, D, 28 2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million Top..." July 03

  • Winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency

    The Score "The opening day of NHL free agency didn't disappoint, with several clubs making franchise-altering moves that might shift the league's balance of power. Some of Monday's deals were undoubtedly shrewd, but others left something to be desired. Here's who won..." July 02

  • Columbus Blue Jackets lose Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky to free agency

    The Sports Daily "The Columbus Blue Jackets took the biggest hit on the first day of National Hockey League free agency. On Monday, they lost forwards Artemi Panarin to the New York Rangers and Matt Duchene to the Nashville Predators as well as goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to the Florida Panthers. All..." July 01

  • It Looks Like Artemi Panarin Will Be Playing Hockey in The Bright Lights Of New York City Next Season

    Barstool Sports "According to multiple reports, it looks like Artemi Panarin will be playing hockey in the bright lights of New York City next season. Obviously nothing is officially yet but from the looks of things it sounds like Panarin will be suiting up as a Ranger next season. Tweets like this..." July 01

  • Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with Sergei Bobrovsky on 7-Year Contract "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on a seven-year contract. "Sergei is an elite starting goaltender who has consistently proven to be one of the best..." July 01

  • Columbus Blue Jackets sign Gustav Nyquist

    Jackets Cannon "The Columbus Blue Jackets have reportedly signed Gustav Nyquist, according to Sportsnet. Nyquist played 81 games for the Red Wings and Sharks last season, posting 22-38-60. For his career, Nyquist has registered 131-175-306 in 500 career games. Nyquist also scored 1-10-11 in..." July 01

  • Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Ryan Murray

    Jackets Cannon "The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed Ryan Murray. After an injury shortened season, the Jackets elected to re-sign the defenseman for two years and $9.2 million. #CBJ have signed D Ryan Murray to a two-year contract, buying one year into his UFA years. Told the deal is..." July 01

  • Montreal Canadiens to sign Keith Kinkaid to a one-year deal

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "After a poor season from Antti Niemi, the Montreal Canadiens were in need of a veteran backup goalie for Carey Price. While it was originally thought that Charlie Lindgren was the heir to the role, the Canadiens opted to sign a more established option in the form of Keith Kinkaid. In..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets re-sign Joonas Korpisalo to a one-year contract "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a one-year contract for the 2019-20 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Korpisalo, 25, has compiled a 41-31-9 record with..." July 01

  • Columbus Makes Late-Night Push To Re-Sign Artemi Panarin

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For most of the last year, all signs pointed to Artemi Panarin leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets for another team on July 1 as the top free agent available. The Florida Panthers had been rumored for months to be interested in acquiring his services, and then earlier today a..." July 01

  • Matt Duchene expected to sign with Predators: report "Matt Duchene is expected to sign with the Nashville Predators on Monday, Sportsnet reported. The 28-year-old center had 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 73 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators this season, including 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in..." June 30

  • PHR’s 2019 Top 50 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The end of June is finally here, meaning July and the start of NHL free agency is right around the corner. On Monday at 11am CDT, a huge number of players will become unrestricted free agents allowed to negotiate and sign a contract with any team in the league. Teams will be allowed to offer..." June 30

  • Blue Jackets’ Kekalainen has tough task moving forward

    Pro Hockey Talk "He bet big, lost bigger and now has to pick up the pieces of a team that appears like it won’t have the star power that pushed them to their first playoff series win in franchise history. Is that the cost of doing business? Or was it a short-sighted gamble — perhaps a..." June 30

  • Mark Letestu Linked To New York Rangers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In any successful NHL organization, minor league development systems are incredibly important. Some of that is based on the coaching staff and playing opportunity, but many believe that some level of success is also required to prepare young players for the next level. That’s why teams go..." June 30

  • Blue Jackets Re-Sign Doyle Somerby

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Doyle Somerby had an improved sophomore season in the minors and it was enough to get him another season with the Blue Jackets, who announced that they’ve re-signed the defenseman to a one-year, two-way contract.  Financial terms were not disclosed. More to follow. " June 29

  • Rangers won't get in bidding war for Artemi Panarin

    New York Post "The Rangers are likely to attempt to bring Artemi Panarin to Broadway when the free agent market opens on Monday, but sources have indicated that the team will not engage in a bidding war in order to secure the skilled winger. It is true that the best laid intentions sometimes go up..." June 28

  • Artemi Panarin visited Rangers on Wednesday

    TSN "Pending unrestricted free agent forward Artemi Panarin met with the New York Rangers on Wednesday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.  The Columbus Blue Jackets left winger and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who will also become a free agent on July 1, both met with..." June 27

  • Artemi Panarin has Rangers on radar, but they’re not the favorite

    New York Post "The prevailing thought in the NHL is that the prize of the free-agent market, winger Artemi Panarin, has narrowed his choices to the Rangers, Islanders and Panthers. Florida is believed to be the leading contender for Panarin because there are no state taxes and the Panthers have hired his..." June 27

  • NHL free agency rumors: Matt Duchene drawing interest from Predators, Canadiens

    Newark Star-Ledger "Columbus Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene is one of the top NHL free agents available this summer, and the star forward has already drawn plenty of interest during this week’s interview period for teams and unrestricted free agents. After meeting with the..." June 27

  • Eric Robinson Re-Signs With Columbus Blue Jackets

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It didn’t take long for Eric Robinson to accept his qualifying offer to remain with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The pending RFA has re-signed with the team for the 2019-20 season on a one-year, two-way contract worth just over $874K at the NHL level. " June 25

  • NHL’s Top 12 UFAs of 2019

    Sportsnet "Did John Tavares and his $77-million sweepstakes open his UFA followers’ eyes for what might be possible if you peek beyond the curtain? The summer of 2019 will deliver no shortage of star power, as a two-time Vezina winner, a finalist for three major 2018-19 trophies,..." June 24

  • Rangers’ raging Kreider-Panarin debate isn’t so simple

    New York Post "Regarding the Rangers, who will be doing their due diligence on the impending free-agent market while keeping their eyes on the blue-chip heavy prospect camp that opens Monday. 1. The most critical, far-reaching decision is this as the unrestricted free-agent interview window..." June 24

  • Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin meeting with Panthers on Monday

    Sporting News "The Panthers have two big meetings Monday. Blue Jackets free agents Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin are meeting with Florida on Monday, according to TSN. The team is prioritizing a goalie this offseason, but they'll take both players if they can get..." June 23

  • Five big questions heading into 2019 NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "The NHL Draft is coming up fast and the trade rumours and speculation are heating up. Here are some of the bigger questions to consider before the fireworks begin: WHICH PLAYER WILL BE CHOSEN FIRST OVERALL? Jack Hughes has long been the projected No. 1 in this..." June 21

  • Gary Bettman confirms series of rule changes for 2019-20 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed a series of rule changes for the 2019-20 season. The alterations were approved by the league's Board of Governors, general managers, and competition committee. The most prominent changes pertain to video reviews, which underwent..." June 21

  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • Markus Hannikainen re-signs with Blue Jackets with one-year deal

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets will have a deep pool of forwards to pick from when choosing their two main checking lines next season. After signing international free-agent forward Jakob Lilja from the Swedish Hockey League on Saturday, the Jackets announced Monday that Markus Hannikainen, 26, has..." June 17

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17