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  • 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 "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'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 "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 "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

  • Panarin won't talk business with Blue Jackets once camp begins Sept. 13

    The Score "Artemi Panarin has given the Columbus Blue Jackets a deadline to discuss any business matters with him. The talented forward told general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on Thursday that as of Sept. 13 when training camp begins he won't discuss matters such as a potential..." July 19

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Panarin, Blue Jackets fail to make progress on contract: report "Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets did not make progress toward a possible contract extension for the forward, his agent told The Athletic on Monday. Panarin, agent Daniel Milstein and Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen met in Nice, France, where Panarin is..." July 18

  • Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes Complete Minor Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent Jacob Graves and a conditional 2019 sixth-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for 22-year old forward Ryan MacInnis. If MacInnis plays 20 NHL games this season, the Coyotes would receive a 2020 fifth-round pick instead. " July 18

  • 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