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  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • CBJ has 'no interest' in dealing Panarin

    TSN "Don't hold your breath waiting for an Artemi Panarin trade. Despite the winger revealing earlier this summer he wasn't ready to negotiate an extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported Wednesday the team is still..." September 20

  • What should Blue Jackets do with Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky?

    Sporting News "Two of the biggest names in the NHL trade market were finally dealt last week. The Senators shipped defenseman Erik Karlsson to the Sharks while the Canadiens traded left wing Max Pacioretty to the Golden Knights.  With Karlsson and Pacioretty off the block, Blue Jackets..." September 20

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Hire Jared Boll, Fedor Tyutin

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have brought back some familiar faces, hiring Jared Boll and Fedor Tyutin. Boll will serve as an assistant development coach for the club, while Tyutin joins the team’s scouting staff. Both players have long histories with the Blue Jackets, though..." September 17

  • Sure feels like Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin are leaving Blue Jackets

    Columbus Dispatch "Artemi Panarin wants to spread love and happiness and is genuine in this pursuit. He has an infectious smile and a precocious sense of humor, not to mention a skill set that can pull hockey fans out of their seats. Sergei Bobrovsky has a soft-spoken gentleness that belies a burning..." September 15

  • Blue Jackets extend head coach Tortorella

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head John Tortorella to a two-year contract extension, keeping him under contract through the 2020-21 season. Tortorella, who was entering the final year of his current contract, joined the team seven games into the 2015-16 season after Todd..." September 12

  • Panarin, Bobrovsky not guaranteed to start season with Blue Jackets

    NHL.com "Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky could be with the Columbus Blue Jackets for a long time or could be gone before the season starts, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Friday. Though a contract extension for the forward and goalie remain possible, Kekalainen wouldn't commit..." September 08

  • Blue Jackets nearing extension with Tortorella

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella are close to agreeing on a contract extension, according to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. Kekalainen is confident a deal will be reached before the Blue Jackets open training camp next week, telling NHL.com's Tom..." September 08

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Blue Jackets extend GM Kekalainen, others

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets announced multi-year contract extensions for general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, president of hockey operations John Davidson and Bill Zito, who was also promoted from assistant general manager to associate general manager. Kekalainen was fired..." September 06

  • John Tortorella may split Jones/Werenski pairing in Blue Jackets' defense

    Yardbarker "With losses of both Jack Johnson and Ian Cole this offseason, the Columbus Blue Jackets will have some changes on their defense. Those changes could alter the entire defense, as head coach John Tortorella said recently in a Q&A with The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline..." September 02

  • Panarin to Stars? Unlikely, but it would be glorious fun

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sometimes it’s enjoyable to boil your favorite things down to their most basic components, channeling what made you fall in love with that hobby in the first place. Such thinking probably explains part of the reason why arcade-style sports games can be so fun. Instead of aiming..." September 02

  • Tortorella isn't mad about Bobrovsky, Panarin contract situations

    The Score "Questions surround the Columbus Blue Jackets and their top stars heading into the 2018-19 campaign. Forward Artemi Panarin isn't interested in signing a contract extension with the club, and he won't entertain negotiations once training camp opens. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets..." September 02

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Have Received Offers Of Prospects, Picks For Artemi Panarin

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the most intriguing teams to keep an eye on this offseason, after reports surfaced months ago regarding Artemi Panarin and his reluctance to negotiate a long-term extension. That pushed the star forward—at least speculatively—onto..." August 30

  • Sergei Bobrovsky Is Not Talking Contract Extension With Blue Jackets, Looking For Massive Pay Day

    The Sportster "Reports are Sergei Bobrovsky, his agent and the Columbus Blue Jackets haven't talked a new contract extension but speculation is that he wants to be the highest paid NHL goalie, making potentially more money than Montreal's Carey Price. In Aaron Portzline’s latest piece..." August 22

  • Blue Jackets name Jim Corsi goaltending development coach

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Jim Corsi their new goaltending development coach, the team announced on Tuesday. The 64-year-old will work closely with the franchise's goaltending prospects, including those with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in..." August 21

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Bryan Berard Suing NHL for Not Protecting Him from Brain Injuries During Career

    Bleacher Report "Former hockey star Bryan Berard has filed a lawsuit against the NHL for failing to protect him from brain injuries during his career, according to TMZ Sports. "The time has come for the NHL to not only care for those former players on whose backs and..." August 17

  • Werenski aiming to return for Blue Jackets season opener

    NHL.com "Zach Werenski is hoping to be ready when the Columbus Blue Jackets open the NHL season at the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 4 after having shoulder surgery. "My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1," the defenseman told the Blue Jackets website Tuesday. "You never..." August 14

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Panarin would seriously consider return to Blackhawks in free agency

    The Score "Artemi Panarin doesn't appear to be opposed to the proposition of a Windy City reunion, as the superstar winger would seriously consider a return to the Chicago Blackhawks if he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, a source told The Athletic's Scott..." August 03

  • Davidsson could be ready to play for Blue Jackets this season

    NHL.com "Jonathan Davidsson welcomes the expectations that the Columbus Blue Jackets believe he's capable of playing in the NHL this season. The Blue Jackets are indeed high on Davidsson, their sixth-round pick (No. 170) in the 2017 NHL Draft, especially after the 21-year-old forward had..." August 02

  • Blue Jackets sign Liam Foudy to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed centre Liam Foudy to a three-year, entry-level contract. Foudy was the 18th-overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft this past June. " July 30