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  • Blue Jackets are red-hot, mostly with Bob on the bench

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sometimes, when locker room drama spills out into the mainstream, the star in question will silence murmurs with great play. Other times, things will fall apart altogether. In the case of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets have been prospering ever..." January 16

  • Report: Bobrovsky took off equipment early after being pulled

    The Score "Details have emerged concerning the incident that saw the Columbus Blue Jacketswithhold goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the team for one of their games last week. After being pulled with 11 minutes left in a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 8,..." January 15

  • Schedule For Upcoming NHL “Bye Weeks”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For the third year in a row, the NHL has scheduled a mandated multi-day break for each team in the middle part of the season. Meant to give each team a rest, much like the bye week in the National Football League, this break also includes limits on practice, including several days in..." January 15

  • Bobrovsky to make 1st start since being held out for incident

    The Score "Sergei Bobrovsky will start for the Columbus Blue Jackets when they face the New York Rangers on Sunday, head coach John Tortorella told The Athletic's Alison Lukan. The star goalie was held out versus the Nashville Predators on Thursday for disciplinary reasons stemming from an..." January 13

  • Rick Nash to drop puck before Blue Jackets vs. Rangers game

    Sportsnet "Rick Nash skated in 1,060 regular-season games during his 15-year NHL career, all but 11 of which were spent in either a Columbus Blue Jackets or New York Rangers uniform. Nash officially announced his retirement from professional hockey Friday and on Sunday he’ll have a chance..." January 12

  • Korpisalo starting vs. Caps despite Bobrovsky's return

    The Score "Sergei Bobrovsky has returned to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but he's not getting back into the crease just yet. Joonas Korpisalo is starting Saturday against the Washington Capitals, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said before the game, according to's Tom..." January 12

  • Rick Nash announces retirement after 15 NHL seasons

    TSN "After 15 NHL seasons, Rick Nash has announced his retirement. Nash, 34, announced his decision in a statement on Friday morning through his agent Joe Resnick.  "Due to unresolved issues/symptoms from the concussions sustained last March, Rick..." January 11

  • Blue Jackets, Bobrovsky clear air, 'moving on' from incident

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky are hoping to put a recent incident that saw the former Vezina Trophy winner benched Thursday in the rear-view mirror. A day after the club announced Bobrovsky was being held out against the Nashville..." January 11

  • Will the Blue Jackets trade Sergei Bobrovsky? Here are six potential landing spots for the veteran goalie

    CBS Sports "Some surprising news came out Columbus on Thursday afternoon when the Blue Jackets announced that goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky would be absent from the team during their game against the Nashville Predators. There wasn't a lot of information given with that announcement, but the language of..." January 10

  • Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky to miss game after unknown ‘incident’

    Sportsnet "Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will not travel with the team for Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators, according to GM Jarmo Kekalainen. “There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our..." January 10

  • Columbus Distillery Offers Artemi Panarin Free Vodka for Life to Stay With Blue Jackets

    SI "The city of Columbus really doesn't want to lose Artemi Panarin.  High Bank Distillery, a Columbus-based company, offered the Blue Jackets' star free vodka for life if he extends his contract with the team and stays in Ohio.  Despite the Breadman having a..." January 09

  • Atkinson flourishing for Blue Jackets after hitting reset button "Cam Atkinson didn't know why, and that was the hardest part of it. But he knew something wasn't right. "For whatever reason, it was like I didn't like hockey anymore," Atkinson, a 29-year-old right wing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, said last week...." January 03

  • Who needs a fresh start in 2019?

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Year’s Day is right around the corner, so naturally many of us have already started thinking about our resolutions. Maybe you want to get into better shape, eat better, expand your knowledge on a certain topic, spend less time on your phone, or something totally..." December 31

  • Nick Foligno away from team for daughter's surgery

    ESPN "The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Sunday that captain Nick Foligno will miss Monday's game against Ottawa and be away from the team because his daughter Milana will undergo a scheduled surgery in Boston. The team said that he "will return to the team as soon as..." December 30

  • Panarin Does Not Want To Be Traded, Will Discuss Future With Columbus

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Beginning this off-season, the rumblings that star forward Artemi Panarin did not want to resign with the Columbus Blue Jackets created the impression that a blockbuster trade was inevitable prior to the end of this season, when Panarin becomes an unrestricted free agent. That no..." December 30

  • Panarin, agent to discuss future with Blue Jackets during All-Star break "Artemi Panarin's agent said Friday they'll meet during the All-Star break to discuss the player's future with the Columbus Blue Jackets. "As far as the contract, he's genuinely happy right now in Columbus, things are going well for the team and for him," Dan..." December 29

  • Panarin, Bobrovsky not distraction to Blue Jackets, Tortorella says "Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky each can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he's happy their status hasn't been a distraction. "I think [Bobrovsky is] handling himself really well," Tortorella..." December 21

  • Tortorella reeling after Blue Jackets' 'disgusting' effort Saturday

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered an uninspiring 4-0 loss at home to their division rival Washington Capitals on Saturday, and two days later, head coach John Tortorella is still fuming. "I'm embarrassed as the coach of this team," Tortorella told..." December 10

  • The education of Blue Jackets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois

    Pro Hockey Talk "As only John Tortorella can do, in the span of 20 seconds before a late November game he went from saying Pierre-Luc Dubois’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs “sucked” to then describing him as arguably the team’s most complete player this season. That..." December 06

  • Tortorella: 'I have no idea' why Blue Jackets fell apart in high-scoring loss

    The Score "John Tortorella wasn't sure what happened to his Columbus Blue Jackets after a wild loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. The Blue Jackets jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but then surrendered five unanswered goals in what was ultimately a 9-6..." December 05

  • Leafs GM reaches out to Blue Jackets fan who sparked Twitter frenzy

    Sporting News "William Nylander and the Maple Leafs finally brought #NylanderWatch to an end Saturday, agreeing to a new six-year contract that will keep the 22-year-old winger in Toronto for the foreseeable future. The contract saga had been one of the top storylines of the..." December 02

  • Philadelphia Flyers Granted Permission To Interview Bill Zito, Dave Nonis

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though several reports have now surfaced that list former Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher as the front runner, the Philadelphia Flyers will not rush the interview process for their vacant GM spot. Today, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports that the Flyers have received permission to speak..." November 30

  • Panarin, agent to meet in January about future with Blue Jackets: report "Artemi Panarin plans to meet with his agent in January to discuss his future with the Columbus Blue Jackets. "Artemi and I are going to sit down to discuss business when he is ready," agent Dan Milstein told the Columbus Dispatch The 27-year-old forward is in..." November 27

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • Artemi Panarin “Genuinely Happy” With Blue Jackets’ Season

    Columbus Dispatch "Artemi Panarin hasn’t changed his mind about negotiating a contract extension with the Blue Jackets, but the Russian star is going to discuss business with his agent in late January. Columbus has its annual “bye” week Jan. 20-24, followed by the NHL’s All-Star..." November 26

  • Coach John Tortorella chastises Blue Jackets forward for 'Pee Wee' play

    USA Today "Columbus Blue Jackets players never have to guess how coach John Tortorella feels about their play. The fiery coach often offers a blunt post-game assessment of his team’s performance. On Monday, Tortorella didn’t wait to show his dissatisfaction with center..." November 20

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • Blue Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky carry contract intrigue wherever they go

    Sportsnet "“We’ll see.” Those two tiny words spoke volumes in the plot-twisting mystery anthology that is the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 season. Uttered by Sergei Bobrovsky — easily one of the greatest goaltenders of his era — at training camp..." November 19

  • Blue Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky carry contract intrigue wherever they go

    Sportsnet "“We’ll see.” Those two tiny words spoke volumes in the plot-twisting mystery anthology that is the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 season. Uttered by Sergei Bobrovsky — easily one of the greatest goaltenders of his era — at..." November 19

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Demote Milano To Make Room For Dubinsky

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets needed a roster spot to activate veteran forward Brandon Dubinsky from injured reserve, according to Columbus Post-Dispatch’s Brian Hedger. However, the team surprised a few by opting to send winger Sonny Milano, who is not waiver-eligible, to the Cleveland..." November 03

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • Tortorella on modern NHL: 'There's no hate, and I miss that'

    Yahoo! Sports "Hockey’s culture has changed and some people aren’t too happy about it. One of those people is Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. To him, the days of intense rivalries and sacrificing absolutely everything to come out on top are all but..." October 26

  • The Blue Jackets need their stars to step up

    The Cannon "The Columbus Blue Jackets have hit some bumps in the road in this early part of the season, having lost 3 of their last 4 after starting the campaign with a 3-1 record. We’ve talked about how the new additions have done, and whether a certain depth forward should play..." October 25

  • Torts on Bobrovsky’s struggles: ‘Bob has not been Bob’

    Pro Hockey Talk "No player makes a bigger impact on a hockey game than a goalie, yet they’re very tough to forecast for a host of reasons. For one thing, they’re basically the opposite of NFL QBs. While quarterbacks begin every (non-Wildcat?) play with the ball in their hands, wielding..." October 25

  • For NHL goalies, league’s new pad restrictions are a real pain

    Washington Post "Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby’s Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he’s started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn’t..." October 24

  • Healy: If backed by science, NHL alumni association 'all-in' on cannabis

    The Score "The group representing ex-NHL players is "all-in" on endorsing cannabis as a pain relief option for its members. That is, if future research can prove the drug’s supposed healing capabilities. "I think science has to prove it first. If science proves it,..." October 23

  • Blackhawks' Bowman: Jury still out on Saad-Panarin trade

    The Score "It's too soon to decide a winner of the June 2017 trade that saw the Chicago Blackhawks send Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad, according to Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. Bowman told The Athletic's Mark Lazerus that scoring statistics alone..." October 22

  • Blue Jackets' Seth Jones to make season debut vs. Coyotes

    The Score "Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes, coach John Tortorella announced. Jones suffered an MCL sprain in a preseason game on Sept. 25 and was initially expected to miss four-to-six weeks. " October 22

  • Jones practices, could return to Blue Jackets soon "Seth Jones practiced with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday and the defenseman could be nearing a return to the lineup. Jones sustained a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his knee during a preseason game Sept. 25. The 24-year-old was expected to need 4-6..." October 19

  • Marijuana use in the NHL: The times they are a changin'

    Sportsnet "Fairly or not, we have an image of the GMs who sit in the executive boxes at NHL games. They’re Old School, as their average age (53.9 years) would suggest. At the high end, there’s the Islanders’ 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello. Almost to a one, they’re defined by their..." October 17

  • Blue Jackets in difficult spot with Panarin, Bobrovsky

    Sporting News "Futures remains uncertain for Panarin and Bobrovsky The uncertain futures of Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. remain a hot topic in the NHL rumor mill. Both are slated to become unrestricted free agents next summer and neither seems..." October 16

  • Brandon Dubinsky Out Four To Six Weeks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that center Brandon Dubinsky will be out four to six weeks after straining an oblique muscle in practice yesterday. Dubinsky has been placed on injured reserve. " October 08

  • Ex-Flyer Scott Hartnell Retires from NHL After 17 Years

    Bleacher Report "Former Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell announced his retirement from the NHLafter 17 seasons Monday morning: October 01

  • Blue Jackets’ Bobrovsky talks contract distraction, says he’s ‘human’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Sergei Bobrovsky is human, go figure. There are nights were his play might suggest otherwise, but the man made the declaration himself on Saturday, telling reporters in Columbus about his terrestrial nature when..." September 29

  • Blue Jackets Sign Michael Prapavessis

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Blue Jackets are expected to sign defenseman Michael Prapavessis to an entry-level contract, reports Aaron Portzline of The Athletic (Twitter link).  This would represent an upgrade on the minor league deal he signed with the team last week. The 22-year-old was a fourth-round..." September 27

  • Blue Jackets Sign Mark Letestu To A One-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Center Mark Letestu is returning to the Blue Jackets.  The team announced that they’ve signed him to a one-year, two-way contract and have placed him on waivers for the purpose of sending him to their AHL affiliate in Cleveland.  CapFriendly reports (Twitter..." September 27

  • Blue Jackets limp into season as injury sidelines Seth Jones 4-6 weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Considering all of the uncertainty surrounding Blue Jackets stars Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, it must be comforting for Columbus to at least know that they still deploy a dynamic defensive duo in Seth Jones and Zach Werenski. Columbus was already..." September 26