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Ryan Johansen willing to sign for two years | 07/21/2014 9:41 AM
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Ryan Johansen's agent has reportedly made the Columbus Blue Jackets a two-year offer.
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Impact
Johansen is a restricted free agent and previously called the Blue Jackets insistence on a shot-term contract a "slap in the face," so the fact that they're now willing to settle for a two-year deal is huge. He broke out last season with 33 goals and 63 points, but he didn't do much offensively in his first two NHL seasons. It's not hard to see why the Blue Jackets would want to hedge their bets by inking him to a short-term deal under the circumstances, although we don't think Johansen's 2013-14 campaign was a fluke.
Tim Erixon has a one-way contract | 07/16/2014 9:41 AM
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Tim Erixon's recently signed one-year contract with Columbus is a one-way deal.
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That significantly increases Erixon's chances of spending the entire 2014-15 season with the Blue Jackets. That being said, it wouldn't be shocking if he ends up serving primarily as the team's seventh defenseman and consequently spends a fair amount of time in the press box. He had five goals and 38 points in 40 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Columbus agrees to terms with Tim Erixon | 07/15/2014 4:06 PM
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Tim Erixon has agreed to a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Erixon had five goals and 33 assists in 40 AHL games in 2013-14. He's worth keeping an eye on as he has a fair chance of making the Blue Jackets' opening game roster.
Brandon Dubinsky contract talks went smoothly | 07/14/2014 9:33 AM
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It sounds like re-signing Brandon Dubinsky was a relatively painless process for both sides.
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"They called us on July 1," Dubinsky said. "We called them back on July 2. Everybody enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend and we hammered it out this week. They made a generous offer. We countered, but we came to an agreement pretty quickly. It was a good situation, and there wasn't really a bad moment with it." Dubinsky inked a six-year, $35.1 million extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets that will start with the 2015-16 campaign. He's one of the Blue Jackets' leaders and now that he's locked up, he might start the 2014-15 campaign as their captain.
Mike Reilly will stay in college for 2014-15 | 07/11/2014 9:45 AM
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Mike Reilly will return to the University of Minnesota for 2014-15.
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Reilly scored nine goals and 33 points in 41 games last season. "It just makes so much sense for me, physically, to stay in college," Reilly said. "It was a tough decision, actually, because turning pro would be exciting and because it was possible. But when I sat down with (Blue Jackets general manager) Jarmo Kekalainen and the coaching staff, and when I talked to the coaches back in Minnesota, we all agreed it was best for me." Reilly has been bulking up to the point where he's 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds, but he plans to get bigger.
Brandon Dubinsky agrees to six-year extension | 07/11/2014 9:34 AM
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Brandon Dubinsky has inked a six-year, $35.1 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Dubinsky had one season left on his four-year, $16.8 million deal before he would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. His new contract comes with a no-movement clause. Dubinsky will continue to provide the Blue Jackets with a blend of physical play and skill. He had 18 goals, 50 points, and 98 penalty minutes in 76 games last season.
Columbus agrees to terms with Will Weber | 07/09/2014 2:43 PM
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Will Weber has inked a one-year, two-way deal with Columbus.
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Impact
Weber had five points and 100 penalty minutes in 63 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not expected to get much, if any, playing time at the NHL level next season.
Report: Tim Erixon is close to re-signing | 07/09/2014 9:34 AM
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Tim Erixon is reportedly close to re-signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Erixon had five goals and 33 points in 36 AHL games in 2013-14. The restricted free agent will probably end up with a two-way contract.
Sean Collins has inked a two-way deal | 07/08/2014 4:52 PM
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Sean Collins has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Columbus.
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Collins has 16 goals and 41 points in 67 AHL games in 2013-14. He also had an assist in six contests with Columbus.
Corey Tropp's inked to a one-way deal | 07/07/2014 6:59 PM
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Corey Tropp's two-year deal is a one-way contract.
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Tropp will only come with a $625,000 annual cap hit, so he can still be buried in the minors, but the Blue Jackets are less likely to do so. This is Tropp's first one-way deal and he earned it after recording two goals and eight assists in 44 games last season.
Cody Goloubef agrees to terms with CBJ | 07/07/2014 3:09 PM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.
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Goloubef, 24, has played in 17 career NHL games, including five last season. He had 28 points and 98 penalty minutes in 62 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Columbus inks Corey Tropp to two-year deal | 07/07/2014 3:02 PM
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Corey Tropp has inked a two-year extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Tropp was a restricted free agent. He had 10 points and 37 penalty minutes in 44 games in 2013-14.
Ryan Johansen unlikely to leave Blue Jackets | 07/05/2014 9:42 AM
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Ryan Johansen, the Blue Jackets' leading scorer last season, is free to negotiate with all NHL teams but don't expect the high-scoring center to be playing with any team other than Columbus next season.
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Johansen can receive offer sheets from other clubs, and he probably will, but Columbus GM armo Kekalainen has said he will match any offer sheet Johansen could sign, and he can, because the club is about $18 million under the salary cap. "If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet," Kekalainen said. "Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that's fine for them. We'd just match it and keep the player." Johansen had 33 goals and 30 assists with Columbus last season.
Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman David Savard | 07/05/2014 9:36 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman David Savard to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million.
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Savard will make $1.3 million in each of the next two seasons, a significant raise from the $709,000 he made in 2012-13. The 23-year-old climbed the depth chart and earned significant playing time last season after an off-season workout program made him slimmer and quicker. In 70 games, he had five goals, 10 assists, 28 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. He also had four assists and four penalty minutes in the Blue Jackets' first-round Stanley Cup playoffs loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Savard, a fourth-round pick (No. 94 overall) in 2009, will come to training camp in September as the likely third-pair defensive partner of Dalton Prout. But Tim Erixon and Cody Goloubef -- both of whom will need to clear waivers before they can be sent to AHL Springfield -- will compete for that spot, too. The Blue Jackets' top four defensemen from last season -- Fedor Tyutin - Jack Johnson and Ryan Murray - James Wisniewski -- are all returning.
Blue Jackets sign Brian Gibbons to 2-way deal | 07/04/2014 4:04 PM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Brian Gibbons to a one-year, two-way deal.
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Impact
Gibbons had five goals and 17 points in 41 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013-14. He'll have a tough time earning a spot on the Blue Jackets' opening game roster and even if he does, we doubt he'll have any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jerry D'Amigo will fight for fourth line spot | 07/02/2014 9:06 AM
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Jerry D'Amigo is expected to compete for a fourth line spot during training camp.
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Columbus acquired D'Amigo from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1. The 23-year-old forward had a goal and three points in 22 games in 2013-14.
D'Amigo traded to Jackets for Frattin | 07/01/2014 1:32 PM
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The Blue Jackets have acquired Jerry D'Amigo from the Maple Leafs for Matt Frattin.
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D'Amigo, was a decent producer in the AHL last season, but he has had limited success in the NHL. With the Maple Leafs in 2013-14 he registered a mere three points in 22 games. On the plus side, D'Amigo had a strong playoffs in the AHL. As his future role with the Jackets is not clear, we wouldn't be putting D'Amigo on our a draft lists at this time.
Frederic St. Denis signs with Columbus | 07/01/2014 10:15 AM
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Frederic St. Denis has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
St. Denis had nine goals and 26 points in 60 games with the AHL Springfield Falcons last season. The 28-year-old should strictly be regarded as an organizational depth defenseman.
Jackets aren't likely to make a major splash | 07/01/2014 9:00 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets don't plan on making a big splash on July 1.
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The Blue Jackets lured Nathan Horton to Columbus last summer, but GM Jarmo Kekalainen thinks that at this point the team's growth needs to come from within the organization. "The team you see right now today is probably pretty close to what's going to be there when training camp starts (in September)," Kekalainen added. The Blue Jackets have a ton of cap space, although Kekalainen might not have permission to spend to the ceiling. Even if he does, he might be reluctant to because the Blue Jackets does have several young players that are going to be in line for sizable raises over the next few years and he wouldn't want to put him in a position where they're having a difficult time fitting their RFAs in under the cap.
Matt Frattin's RFA status up in the air | 06/30/2014 7:34 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have until 5 pm on Monday to decide whether or not to offer restricted free agent Matt Frattin a contract or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.
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Frattin bounced around this past season as the Maple Leafs traded him to the Kings for Jonathan Bernier during the 2013 off-season while the Kings sent him to Columbus at the trade deadline as part of the Marian Gaborik trade. He was a huge disappointment with only two goals and five assists in 44 games in 2013-14. Do not be surprised if he is allowed to hit free agency tomorrow.
Ryan Johansen, Jackets not close to new deal | 06/30/2014 7:30 AM
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Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets are not close to inking a new contract.
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Johansen is slated to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday and the Blue Jackets want him to sign a bridge deal but Johansen and his agents are not remotely interested in that. Johansen is coming off a breakout season in which he had 33 goals and 63 points, the youngest player in the NHL to pot 30 in 2013-14. He is only 21 years of age and wants to sign a long-term deal. "I've earned more than a two or three-year deal with my play," Johansen said. "It seems a little disrespectful, to be honest. I want to play in Columbus, and I want to be a Blue Jacket, but I want to get this done. It seems like a slap in the face." Things could be getting tense in Columbus. Stay tuned.
Blue Jackets take Ryan Collins 47th overall | 06/29/2014 8:58 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets selected defenseman Ryan Collins with the 47th pick in the 2014 Draft.
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Impact
Collins played on the same team as the Blue Jackets first round pick Sonny Milano and was thrilled to be picked by the Blue Jackets. "I couldn't ask for a better situation," Collins said after the Blue Jackets drafted him. "Sonny is a great player. I mean, a great player. I've seen what Columbus is building. They're one of the up-and-coming teams. I'm going to work hard to get there as soon as possible." GM Jarmo Kekalainen tried to trade up for Collins and couldn't, so he was pleasantly surprised when the future University of Minnesota defenseman was still available. He is a solid defensive defenseman so do not expect anything fantasy-wise when he finally makes the NHL in 4-5 years.
Jackets sign Dalton Prout to a 2-year deal | 06/28/2014 4:52 PM
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Dalton Prout has signed a two-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
He contributed six points and 37 penalty minutes in 49 games for Columbus during the 2013-14 campaign. He was credited with 99 hits and 65 blocks as well. Prout also dressed for the Blue Jackets in two playoff contests.
Blue Jackets dazzled by prospect's stamina | 06/28/2014 9:10 AM
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Sonny Milano was picked 16th overall in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets partly because of his offensive talent and largely because of his stamina.
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Milano's skating and skills are generally perceived as high-end. "Yeah, he's got all of that," Blue Jackets director of amateur scout Paul Castron said. "But he has this unbelievable passion for playing the game. He can play all day, all game. Just unbelievable stamina and a love for being on the ice. He's a coach's dream."
Jackets select Sonny Milano 16th overall | 06/27/2014 8:51 PM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have selected Sonny Milano with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft Friday night.
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Nikita Nikitin inks two-year deal with Oilers | 06/25/2014 9:45 AM
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Nikita Nikitin has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
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Impact
The Oilers, who gained permission from Columbus to negotiate with Nikitin, will now give the Blue Jackets a fifth round pick as compensation. Nikitin had two goals and 15 points in 66 games in 2013-14. He's a reliable top-four defenseman, but he saw his role with the Blue Jackets diminish last season, so it's not surprising that both parties decided that move on.
The Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger on Monday. | 06/24/2014 10:46 PM
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The Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger on Monday.
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The Flyers also received a fourth-round pick. Hartnell had 52 points (20 goals) in 78 games this past season. The 32-year-old has five years remaining on a six-year, $28.5 million contract and had to waive his no-trade clause. "(Flyers GM Ron Hextall) decided it was best for me to move on from the Flyers," Hartnell said. "To be honest, I was pretty shocked at first. I was upset and a little angry. I took a few days to look at the situation. It was hard." Hartnell will lose fantasy value going from Philly to Columbus.
GM likes how Scott Hartnell fits with CBJ | 06/24/2014 3:08 PM
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Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalaine is thrilled to have Scott Hartnell in the fold.
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"I'm excited," Kekalainen said. "We had a player who didn't want to be here anymore, and we were able to trade him for a player who makes us better in a lot of different ways, a guy who fits the very definition of how we think this club should play." The Blue Jackets landed Hartnell for a 2015 fourth-round pick and R.J. Umberger. He will likely line up alongside Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Johansen next season.
Hartnell was told he was done in Phidelphia | 06/23/2014 5:13 PM
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Scott Hartnell waived his no-trade clause after he was told by Flyers GM Ron Hextall that he was done in Philadelphia.
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Impact
It sounds like Hartnell's not leaving on the best of terms. Philadelphia dealt him to Columbus on Monday in exchange for R.J. Umberger and a 2014 fourth-round pick. Hartnell was just one season into the six-year, $28.5 million contract he signed with the Flyers. For what it's worth, Hartnell added that he loved his time in Philadelphia.
Columbus re-signs backup Curtis McElhinney | 06/23/2014 1:26 PM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have inked Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract extension.
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Impact
McElhinney had a 2.70 GAA and .909 save percentage in 28 games in 2013-14. He'll continue to serve as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup and figures to start in around 20 contests next season.
Jackets acquire Flyers' Hartnell for Umberger | 06/23/2014 12:21 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2015 fourth-round pick and R.J. Umberger.
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Impact
Hartnell is a fantastic player from a fantasy perspective. He is typically good for around 20 goals and 50 points while giving you 100-150 penalty minutes. He had a rough campaign in 2013 due in part to a broken foot, but for a physical forward, he's actually stayed remarkably healthy. We don't think the move to Columbus will significantly impact his fantasy value, given that the Blue Jackets are now a fairly competitive now.
Nathan Horton could be ready for camp | 06/22/2014 2:33 PM
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Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline seems optimistic about Nathan Horton being ready for Columbus Blue Jackets training camp.
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Impact
He missed a big chunk of the 2013-14 season while recovering from offseason surgery and then had more issues once he was able to play. His 14 points in 35 games might be disappointing, yet it's probably most accurate to give him an "Incomplete" grade for this past season.
Oilers allowed to talk to Nikita Nikitin | 06/21/2014 10:45 AM
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The Edmonton Oilers have been granted permission to talk to Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin.
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Impact
The Blue Jackets will not be retaining the services of the Russian defenseman and have given the Oilers 48 hours to make a deal. If one is done, the Oilers are expected to give up a fifth round pick to Columbus, likely the one the Blue Jackets gave the Oilers when Nick Schultz went to Columbus at the trade deadline. The Oilers are looking to upgrade their blueline and Nikitin is a good five-six defenseman. He has little fantasy value with two goals and 15 points in 66 games last season.
CBJ allows Oilers to speak to Nikita Nikitin | 06/20/2014 9:30 AM
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The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly been granted a window to negotiate with pending unrestricted free agent Nikita Nikitin.
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It was originally reported that the Oilers had acquired Niktin's negotiation rights, but there hasn't been an actual transaction yet. If a contract is agreed upon then a trade could follow.
Bednar might become Springfield's new coach | 06/17/2014 8:57 AM
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With Brad Larsen moving up to the Columbus Blue Jackets, it's believed that Jared Bednar will replace him as the AHL Springfield Falcon's head coach.
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Impact
Bednar previously served as Larsen's assistant. The Falcons had a 47-23-1-5 record in 2013-14, but they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Providence Bruins.
Blue Jackets re-sign coaching staff members | 06/16/2014 1:08 PM
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Columbus has signed associate coach Craig Hartsburg, goaltending coach Ian Clark and development coach Chris Clark to multi-year contract extensions.
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The team also announced that Brad Larsen was being added as an assistant coach. "Our coaching staff, led by Todd Richards, has done a tremendous job and we're pleased to extend the contracts of Craig, Ian and Chris and to add a very bright young coach in Brad Larsen to the staff," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We believe our coaching staff is as strong as any in the NHL and that they will continue to play pivotal roles in the development and success of our team moving forward."
Jackets face decisions with R.J. Umberger | 06/16/2014 10:37 AM
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R.J. Umberger could be bought out by Columbus, as a last resort, if the team cannot find a trade partner for him.
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Impact
The Blue Jackets believe they can trade him, though. Umberger requested to be dealt elsewhere in May and he still has three seasons remaining on his current contract at $4.6 million per year.
Blake Comeau likely to leave via free agency | 06/13/2014 9:57 AM
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There haven't been any contract talks between the Blue Jackets and Blake Comeau.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
He can become an unrestricted free agent in July and it looks like he will be permitted to test the open market. Comeau appears to caught in a numbers game, where there simply aren't enough roster spots to go around. Columbus wants to give some of their prospects a shot at making the team and there are some players who are expected to be signed instead of him. Comeau posted 16 points and 197 hits in 61 games last season.
Jackets may not sign blueliner Nikita Nikitin | 06/12/2014 12:16 PM
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Nikita Nikitin appears as though he will be permitted to test the market as a free agent in July.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
The Blue Jackets have plenty of young blueliners who stepped up in 2013-14 and the team is willing to give them a shot. "You can't fast-forward the young players if they're not ready," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "But you have to give them room to play, and to do that, you can't have too many guys in the same role. The bus gets crowded. We're working through it. There's plenty of time to get a deal done."
Jackets may keep potential UFA Jack Skille | 06/12/2014 12:08 PM
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Columbus appears to be interested in keeping pending unrestricted free agent Jack Skille.
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It's likely that he'll be seeking a one-way deal after he played on a two-way contract last season. Skille skated in 22 games with Springfield in the AHL and he appeared in 16 contests with the Blue Jackets.
Report: Curtis McElhinney close to re-signing | 06/12/2014 12:02 PM
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Curtis McElhinney is reportedly close to re-signing with Columbus.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
He served as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup in 2013-14. In 28 appearances, he posted a 10-11-1 record with a .909 save percentage, a 2.70 goals-against average and two shutouts.
Derek MacKenzie wants to stay in Columbus | 06/12/2014 11:58 AM
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Derek MacKenzie said that contract talks with Columbus have been slow thus far.
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"The Blue Jackets gave me my first real opportunity, and I'd love to stay," MacKenzie added. "We definitely have the makeup to win the Stanley Cup. ... I'd rather it not get to (the start of free agency without a contract). But I don't fear it, either; there might be an opportunity there for me. Until then, my objective is to get something done with Columbus." The Jackets are interested in bringing the potential unrestricted free agent back. He recorded 18 points and a team-leading 241 hits in 71 games this past campaign.
Falcons sign Denny Urban | 06/11/2014 6:41 PM
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The Springfield Falcons have inked Denny Urban to a one-year deal.
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Impact
Springfield is the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Urban had two goals and 19 points in 43 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Trent Vogelhuber signs AHL-only contract | 06/10/2014 8:28 AM
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Trent Vogelhuber has agreed to a one-year, AHL-only deal with the Springfield Falcons.
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Impact
Vogelhuber had a goal and nine points in 30 AHL games in 2013-14. He obviously has no fantasy value.
Signing Ryan Johansen 1st on GM's to-do list | 06/07/2014 4:37 PM
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Signing Ryan Johansen is at the top of GM Jarmo Kekalainen's to-do list.
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"It's important that we get him signed, and I believe we will," Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch. "We're starting to get prepared [internally] for what it might take. The pluses are big and the minuses are few. He's a big part of our future and it's a big priority that we get him signed." He's been confident that a deal will get done since the Blue Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs by Pittsburgh. Johansen broke out offensively in 2013-14 with 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games. He'll be a restricted free agent in July.
Jackets GM excited to add Simon Hjalmarsson | 06/05/2014 12:03 PM
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Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is excited to have Simon Hjalmarsson on board.
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Columbus signed the former St. Louis Blues draft pick to a one-year, two-way contract on Wednesday. "He's just a very smart hockey player, and he's taken the steps he needed to take, from a guy on the small side to a guy who is 6 feet tall and 180 or so pounds," Kekalainen said. "He competes. He's not shy, but he's never been shy. I remember him coming to camp with St. Louis when he weighed 150 pounds, but he played like he was 220. This guy competes." Hjalmarsson, who isn't related to Chicago defenseman Niklas, generated 27 goals and 30 assists in 55 games for Linkoping in Sweden's top league this past season.
Blake Geoffrion leaves the Blue Jackets | 06/04/2014 6:47 PM
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Blake Geoffrion is no longer serving as a scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Geoffrion will instead work for an executive recruiting firm's sports practice department. He had his playing career cut short after being hospitalized with a depressed skull fracture.
Simon Hjalmarsson signs 1-year deal with CBJ | 06/04/2014 12:14 PM
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Simon Hjalmarsson has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Hjalmarsson had 57 points and 87 penalty minutes in 55 Swedish league games in 2013-14. He was originally taken in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, but he never signed with them. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was the director of scouting in St. Louis when they took him and his former connection with Hjalmarsson likely played a role in his agreeing to sign with the Blue Jackets.
Coach Dan Hinote won't re-sign with CBJ | 06/04/2014 9:12 AM
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Columbus Blue Jackets assistant coach Dan Hinote doesn't plan on signing a contract extension for the 2014-15 campaign.
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Hinote plans to move from Columbus to Chicago due to a "private family matter." He's spent the last four seasons with the Blue Jackets' coaching staff after ending his playing career in 2010.
Could there be a Umberger-for-Gagner trade? | 06/01/2014 10:09 AM
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There's a rumor floating around that R.J. Umberger might be dealt to the Edmonton Oilers for Sam Gagner.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Take this one with a grain of salt. Umberger has requested a trade and Sam Gagner's market value did take a hit following his rough 2013-14 campaign, so at first it might not seem too bad. However, there's no question that Gagner, who will turn 25 in August, still has far more upside. Umberger can provide the Blue Jackets a list of 10 teams he won't accept a trade to and there's a good chance that the Oilers, who have struggled to gain any traction in their move away from rebuilding territory, would be one of the destinations that Umberger would reject.
Columbus signs prospect Daniel Zaar | 05/30/2014 4:25 PM
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Daniel Zaar has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Zaar had 16 goals and 36 points in 52 Swedish league games with Rogle BK. He was taken by the Blue Jackets with the 152th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Columbus won't sign prospect Curcuruto | 05/28/2014 4:15 PM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets will pass on their opportunity to sign prospect Gianluca Curcuruto.
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Impact
Columbus took him in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He had 28 points and a minus-14 rating in 57 games with the OHL Plymouth Whalers in 2013-14. Because the Blue Jackets have passed on him, he'll be part of this year's draft pool.
Jackets hand coach Todd Richards an extension | 05/27/2014 4:17 PM
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Todd Richards has agreed to a two-year extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Richards guided the Blue Jackets for the third straight season in 2013-14 and led them to the playoffs for the second time in the franchise's history. He has a 85-70-16 career record with Columbus. "Todd has done an outstanding job for the Columbus Blue Jackets and we're pleased that he will continue to lead our team," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "We believe he is one of the top young coaches in the NHL because of his knowledge of the game, work ethic and ability to communicate well and bring out the best in our players. He's played a significant role in our recent success and we look forward to having him continue to be a big part of our franchise moving forward."
Ilari Melart signs with KHL club | 05/20/2014 5:02 PM
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Ilari Melart has signed with Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk of the KHL for next season.
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Impact
He played 15 games with Yugra during the 2013-14 campaign and he skated in 30 contests with Columbus' AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Kerby Rychel making his mark in Memorial Cup | 05/20/2014 4:57 PM
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Kerby Rychel currently leads the Memorial Cup tournament in scoring with four points in two games.
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He's tied, with teammate and Detroit prospect Tyler Bertuzzi, for the lead in goals with three. Rychel amassed 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in the postseason to help the Guelph Storm capture the OHL title. He was drafted 19th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013.
R.J. Umberger asks for trade out of Columbus | 05/18/2014 11:02 AM
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R.J. Umberger has asked the Columbus Blue Jackets to trade him in the off-season.
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Impact
It was mutually agreed to by the team during the season-ending meetings that took place after the first round. Umberger had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games this season but was a healthy scratch on four occasions and that id not sit well with the veteran. He has three years left on a contract that will pay him $4.6 million per season and a no-trade clause in his contract goes into effect on June 15. He will decide at that time on 10 teams that he does not want to play for and then wait until he is dealt. Stay tuned.
Kerby Rychel pots two goals for Guelph Storm | 05/17/2014 9:06 PM
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Kerby Rychel lit the lamp twice for the Guelph Storm, who defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2 on Saturday at the Memorial Cup.
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Rychel, the 19th overall pick from the 2013 draft by the Blue Jackets, was a minus-one in the game. He had 51 points in 31 regular-season games and has continued his stellar play in the playoffs, with 11 goals and 21 assists in 20 contests. Hurricanes prospect Brock McGinn also scored in the game for Guelph.
Columbus signs Alexander Wennberg | 05/16/2014 5:38 PM
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Alexander Wennberg has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Wennberg had 15 goals and 21 points in 50 games in the Swedish hockey league in 2013-14. Columbus took him with the 14th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. "In talking to Alexander after the season, he made it very clear that he wanted to sign, work hard this summer and then come to training camp to try to make our team. He is an outstanding young player and we are excited to watch him develop in the coming years," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen.
Kerby Rychel will play in Memorial Cup | 05/14/2014 9:06 AM
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Kerby Rychel has guided the Guelph Storm to the Memorial Cup.
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Rychel has 11 goals and 32 points in 20 OHL playoff games this year. The Columbus Blue Jackets took Rychel with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. They got that pick from the New York Rangers as part of the Rick Nash trade.
Kekalainen praises potential UFA MacKenzie | 05/09/2014 6:47 PM
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Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen thinks highly of Derek MacKenzie, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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"He's played great for us," Kekalainen said. "He's a character guy. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he's done. Not the biggest guy, but plays like a 6-4 guy. But everything has to make sense (in the negotiations). We'll take all those things in consideration." MacKenzie's expiring contract came with a $1 million annual cap hit. He had 18 points and 47 penalty minutes in 71 games this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky shuts out the Swiss | 05/09/2014 1:10 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky earned a 27-save shutout in Russia's 5-0 victory over Switzerland in the 2014 World Championship.
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Russia is seeking a silver lining after its disappointing showing in the Olympics. Bobrovsky led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs by posting a 2.38 GAA and .923 save percentage in 58 games this season.
Brandon Dubinsky (ankle) has minor surgery | 05/08/2014 5:42 PM
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Brandon Dubinsky had minor surgery on his ankle.
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It apparently wasn't anything structural. Dubinsky recorded one goal and five assists in Round 1's playoff loss to Pittsburgh.
Jackets sign draft pick Oscar Dansk | 05/08/2014 3:57 PM
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Columbus has reached a three-year, entry-level contract with Oscar Dansk.
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In 42 games this past season with the OHL's Erie Otters, he posted a 29-9-1 record to go with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Dansk was chosen in the second round (31st overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Blue Jackets.
Derek MacKenzie has 'minor' shoulder surgery | 05/08/2014 1:39 PM
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Derek MacKenzie has undergone "minor" surgery on his right shoulder.
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He's expected to need a couple of months to recover. MacKenzie can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but Columbus would like to bring him back.
Blue Jackets see boost in ticket sales | 05/08/2014 8:57 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have seen a boost in season-ticket sales as a result of them making the playoffs.
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More specifically, 800 new season tickets have been sold since April 1. That represents a 22% gain over last year. Columbus might end up with about 10,000 season tickets sold by the beginning of 2014-15, up from 7,000 in 2013-14.
Atkinson's not happy with playoff performance | 05/07/2014 10:04 AM
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Cam Atkinson wasn't "impressed" with his performance in the playoffs.
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Atkinson had a goal and two assists in six postseason games. "I just felt like, personally, I didn't play my game," Atkinson said. "When I'm playing well, I'm skating with and without the puck. I couldn't play my game for some reason. Making the playoffs was exciting, but I have a whole other level I can get to." Atkinson typically spends the summer training with Martin St. Louis other NHL players, but the Blue Jackets would prefer for their players to turn in Columbus over the offseason. Either way, he thinks his summer training will be important to getting off on the right foot in 2014-15.
Umberger was plagued by injuries in 13-14 | 05/07/2014 9:59 AM
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R.J. Umberger opened up about how long he was battling through injuries.
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As previously reported, Umberger had a separated shoulder, herniated disc, and broken finger. Umberger apparently started playing through the broken finger in early March, not aware that there was a break. It's only when the pain wasn't going away that they finally had a second X-Ray, which revealed a hairline fracture. His back problems were consistent throughout the season and got worse after the Olympic break. An MRI revealed a herniated disc, but it wasn't knocked out of the lineup until he separated his shoulder. Umberger missed the last four seasons as a result of that injury, but still managed to play in four of the Penguins' six postseason contests. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests in 2013-14.
Letestu's seen CBJ rise substantially | 05/07/2014 9:51 AM
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Mark Letestu has seen the Blue Jackets grow substantially as a team since the Pittsburgh Penguins traded him to Columbus in 2011-12.
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"When I first got here (from Pittsburgh) it was more about the opportunity to play," Letestu said. "But this feels just as good, being a part of building something, being a part of taking this team to new heights that maybe the organization and the city hasn't seen yet. There's pride now in being a Blue Jacket, building it from the bottom and being a part of it. Now there's an excitement going into the off-season about where we can go and where we can get to. That's something that's pretty special right now. We still finished 15th. It's not like we won a ton of games and set the league on fire. But I don't think there will be any sneaking up on teams now. People have taken notice, and that's a good thing. That's something earned. That's something you want." 2014-15 will definitely be a big campaign for the Blue Jackets. This franchise has endured plenty of hardships and the last thing they want to do is squander the forward momentum they've managed to build.
CBJ isn't worried about re-signing Johansen | 05/06/2014 10:10 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are confident in their ability to retain restricted free agent Ryan Johansen.
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Johansen is coming off his entry-level contract and really the question isn't if he will re-sign with the Blue Jackets because it would be shocking if Columbus ultimately let him play anywhere else. The issue is how much he'll cost the Blue Jackets after scoring 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games this season. "I'm sure we'll get him signed through the proper process and he'll be a big part of our future," Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said.
Derek MacKenzie a UFA come July | 05/05/2014 8:06 AM
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Derek MacKenzie is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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The Blue Jackets have five other players who are eligible for unrestricted free agency as Blake Comeau, Curtis McElhinney, Nikita Nikitin, Jack Skille and Nick Schultz could also fly the coop. MacKenzie is a valuable contributor on the ice and the Blue Jackets should make him a priority in the off-season. He had only nine goals and 18 points in 71 games this season so his fantasy value is negligible in pools where points are a priority.
Ryan Johansen's future gives GM goosebumps | 05/03/2014 11:37 AM
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Center Ryan Johansen, 21, starred for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, leading the team with 33 goals and 63 points -- and he's soon going to be rewarded financially.
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"I get goosebumps thinking about where this guy (Johansen) could go with his career," Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. Back-to-back summers of an intense training regimen have helped Johansen augment his agility and add muscle to his 6-foot-3 frame, but now he's entering a different kind of summer process. He'll still train as usual, but as of July 5, Johansen is a restricted free agent and will require a new contract. He's in for a bulky raise. Kekalainen said he is "not worried about getting him signed. I'm convinced that we will. . .We have a special player in our hands, and we're going to make sure we push (him) to the next level and he's going to help us. I'm sure we'll get him signed through the proper process and he'll be a big part of our future."
CBJ might have a quiet summer | 05/02/2014 9:37 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't likely to make any major signings over the summer.
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Last year, the Blue Jackets inked Nathan Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million contract. This time around, they're more likely to not rock the boat much after taking a big step forward, but they do have the cap space to add significant talent if they wanted to.
Blue Jackets might re-sign Curtis McElhinney | 05/02/2014 9:33 AM
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Curtis McElhinney is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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McElhinney had a solid campaign with a 2.70 GAA and .909 save percentage in 28 games. With that in mind, the Blue Jackets might be interested in re-signing him to continue to serve as Sergei Bobrovsky's understudy.
Coach Todd Richards wants CBJ to be faster | 05/01/2014 5:52 PM
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Columbus coach Todd Richards wants his team to get quicker.
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"We've got to be faster. Our individuals have to be faster, meaning the players. We need to use the summer to train better, get faster," he said. "And as a coaching staff we have to coach to play faster. I'm talking about systematically, how we play as a team. The competitiveness of our team was right there -- the battle level, the will, the want. But in Game 5 (of the first-round playoff series), Pittsburgh elevated it's play, and it caught us off-guard a little bit. They were playing faster than we were. I came out of the game thinking we have to play faster." It's a bit refreshing that a coach wants to add speed rather than size, but that probably depends on what team eliminated from the playoffs.
CBJ wants to ink Richards to long-term deal | 04/30/2014 9:41 AM
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Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is interested in signing coach Todd Richards to a long-term deal.
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"It will bring stability to the organization," Kekalainen said. Richards has been the head coach of the Blue Jackets for parts of three seasons and led them to their franchise's first postseason victories this season. He has a career 162-141-32 record between his work with Columbus and Minnesota.
R.J. Umberger played through many injuries | 04/29/2014 7:44 PM
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R.J. Umberger revealed that he played through a broken finger, separated shoulder and herniated disc during the Jackets' first round playoff series with Pittsburgh.
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Many of the wounded Jackets revealed their injuries the day after the team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Penguins on Tuesday. Umberger missed Games 1 and 6 of the series. "Lower body is fine," the left winger joked.
Jeremy Smith returns to the AHL | 04/29/2014 5:05 PM
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Jeremy Smith has been sent to the minors.
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The Blue Jackets' season is over, but their AHL affiliates, the Springfield Falcons, are in the playoffs. Smith had a 2.78 GAA and .898 save percentage in 38 AHL games in the regular season.
Fedor Tyutin scores shorthanded goal Monday | 04/29/2014 9:58 AM
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Fedor Tyutin had a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6.
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Tyutin's goal was scored shorthanded and started Columbus' rally of three straight third-period goals to nearly close the deficit. That rally helped the Blue Jackets end on a positive note, even if they were still eliminated Monday night.
Artem Anisimov scores PPG in elimination game | 04/29/2014 9:56 AM
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Artem Anisimov netted a power-play goal in Columbus' 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh Monday night.
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Anisimov had a goal and three points in six playoff contests. The Blue Jackets were eliminated, but are optimistic about their future after pushing the Penguins to six games. Anisimov still has another two seasons left on his contract and will come with an annual cap hit of $3,283,333.
Jack Johnson records two assists Monday | 04/29/2014 9:53 AM
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Jack Johnson had two assists in Columbus' 4-3 loss on Monday.
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Johnson ended up recording at least a point in five of Columbus' six playoff games. He finished with three goals and four assists in the postseason.
Brandon Dubinsky is excited for CBJ's future | 04/29/2014 9:50 AM
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After challenging the Pittsburgh Penguins throughout the first round, Brandon Dubinsky is upbeat about the Blue Jackets going forward.
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Columbus was eliminated in Game 6, but not before they scored three unanswered goals in the third period to nearly overcome the Penguins' 4-0 edge. "This isn't how anybody in this room wanted this to end," Dubinsky said. "All 27 of us believed we could beat that team, and we still feel that way. I want to play them again tomorrow, but I know that's not possible. We came a long way. We grew a lot as a team. We didn't go anywhere near as far as we wanted to go, but I can say it and mean it: I'm proud of these guys, and I'm excited as (heck) for the future here." Dubinsky had a goal and six points in six games in the playoffs.
Nick Foligno scores in crushing loss to Pens | 04/28/2014 10:03 PM
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Nick Foligno scored his second goal of the playoffs, but it wasn't enough to keep the Blue Jackets in the postseason after a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
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Foligno notched a pair goals in four games his spring, proving himself to be a valuable contributor for the upstart Jackets. Fedor Tyutin and Artem Anisimov also scored goals for Columbus in the defeat while Jack Johnson registered a pair of assists.
Sergei Bobrovsky and Jackets ousted by Pens | 04/28/2014 9:57 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky dug his team into a big hole they were unable to get out from in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Penguins.
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Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 28 shots in the defeat, which knocks the Blue Jackets out of the playoffs in six games. Though the result is a disappointing one for the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, the season should be viewed as a success in its totality.
Nick Schultz will suit up on Monday night | 04/28/2014 4:39 PM
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Nick Schultz will make his second appearance of the 2014 playoffs on Monday in Game 6.
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He logged just 10:33 of ice time in Game 4's 4-3 overtime win. Schultz will be paired with James Wisniewski.
Nikita Nikitin won't play Monday vs. Pens | 04/28/2014 4:35 PM
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Nikita Nikitin is hurt and won't play Monday night.
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Coach Todd Richards wouldn't divulge what was bothering Nikitin. His ice time has fluctuated throughout the first five games of the team's first-round series against Pittsburgh.
Jared Boll will dress Monday in Game 6 | 04/28/2014 4:28 PM
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Jared Boll will draw back into the Blue Jackets' lineup on Monday.
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He will be making his first appearance since Game 1 in the place of injured forward R.J. Umberger. He will play with Derek MacKenzie and Mark Letestu on the fourth line.
R.J. Umberger will sit out Game 6 after all | 04/28/2014 4:25 PM
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R.J. Umberger (shoulder) won't play Monday night in Game 6.
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Impact
He has one assist in four games in Columbus' first-round series versus Pittsburgh. Consider him day-to-day for now. The Blue Jackets will be looking to avoid elimination in Monday's contest.
Blue Jackets could change up lineup | 04/28/2014 8:13 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets could make some roster changes for Game 6 Monday.
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The Blue Jackets lost 3-1 in Game 5 as the Penguins fired 51 shots on goal, so changes could definitely be made. Coach Todd Richards said that the team could switch up the line combinations, especially if the Penguins keep Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together on the top line. "There are things as a coaching staff we're mulling over," Richards said.
R.J. Umberger expected to play on Monday | 04/28/2014 8:09 AM
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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that R.J. Umberger is expected to play on Monday after he suffered a shoulder injury in the third period Saturday.
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Umberger ended the season as he missed the last three games with upper body injuries. He grabbed his shoulder after getting hit in the third period Saturday but did manage to return to action. "It's an ongoing issue," Umberger said. Stay tuned.
Jack Johnson leads the way in ice time again | 04/27/2014 7:32 AM
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Jack Johnson led all players in ice time once again as he played 26:49 minutes in a 3-1 loss on Saturday to Pittsburgh.
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Johnson has been a workhorse in the playoffs which included a 38:21 minute game in Game 2 which went into double overtime. "I don't think there is a (ceiling)," coach Todd Richards said. "Jack's ceiling is outside somewhere. It is impressive the minutes that he's been able to log. And he's playing tough minutes. They aren't easy. He's playing against great players, world-class players, and he's able to do it over and over again." Johnson has three goals and five points in five playoff games this post-season.
Oliver Bjorkstrand leads WHL in scoring | 04/27/2014 7:26 AM
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Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the WHL in playoff scoring with 15 goals and 28 points in 14 games.
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The talented forward is in his second season with the Portland Winterhawks as he was drafted in the third round, 89th overall in the 2013 draft. He exploded in the regular season with 50 goals and 109 points in 69 games and has continued his outstanding play in the post-season. The native of Herning, Denmark is talented and it looks like the Blue Jackets have made an outstanding third round pick.
Kerby Rychel leads OHL scorers in playoffs | 04/27/2014 7:21 AM
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Kerby Rychel, the Blue Jackets first round pick in 2013, leads all OHL players in playoff scoring.
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The Guelph Storm star has eight goals and 23 points after the first three rounds of the playoffs. The hard-nosed winger has lots of skill and grit and should be an NHL player after a season or two in the minors.
R.J. Umberger returns late in the third | 04/27/2014 7:18 AM
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R.J. Umberger left Saturday's game in the third period but returned before the end of the game.
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Umberger was not too happy as he appeared to be grabbing his shoulder but he was able to come back. Umberger missed the final three games of the regular season with upper body injuries and he is likely playing hurt in the playoffs. Stay tuned as Game 6 is in Columbus Monday.
Ryan Johansen continues to lead offensively | 04/27/2014 7:02 AM
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Ryan Johansen picked up an assist on Saturday and now has two goals and six points in five post-season games.
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Impact
After a terrific regular season in which he had 33 goals and 63 points, Johansen has been just as good offensively in the playoffs. The 21-year-old has an extremely bright future in the NHL and should be taken in the early to middle rounds of pools next season.
Blue Jackets struggle in dot on Saturday | 04/27/2014 6:59 AM
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After winning 13 faceoffs and losing only six in the first period Saturday, the Blue Jackets won only 10 of 35 in the final two periods.
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The Penguins dominated in the final two stanzas and at the face off dot was no exception. Pittsburgh also had 36 shots on goal in the last two periods including one into the empty net that sealed the win. Game 6 is Monday in Columbus and the Blue Jackets will face elimination down three games to two.
David Savard picks up fourth assist Saturday | 04/27/2014 6:55 AM
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David Savard had one assist in the Blue Jackets 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday.
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Impact
The assist gives the blueliner four in five games in the first round of the playoffs after he had only five goals and 10 assists in 70 regular season games. The Blue Jackets have always liked Savard's offensive skills and he has shown what he can do thus far in the playoffs. He is only 23, so he may be worth a late round flier in deep pools next season.
Bobrovsky busy with 48 saves but falls short | 04/26/2014 9:54 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky gave up two goals on 50 shots in Columbus' 3-1 Game 5 loss against Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
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If it weren't for Bobrovsky, this one could've been much more lopsided on the scoresheet. The Russian netminder was fantastic in this game, as the Penguins peppered him with shots from all angles, scoring their two goals on him from the crease area, off rebounds. Bobrovsky has a 3.00 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in the playoffs. The Blue Jackets need to win two more to advance, beginning with Game 6 on Monday at home.
Boone Jenner notches lone goal in Game 5 loss | 04/26/2014 9:54 PM
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Boone Jenner scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets in their 3-1 loss in Game 5 of their first-round series with the Penguins.
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The Blue Jackets got off to a strong start, as Jenner, with his third of the playoffs (and fifth point), picked up the game's first goal at 12:55 of the first period on the power play. However, they really couldn't generate consistent pressure in this one to test Marc-Andre Fleury enough. David Savard and Ryan Johansen got the assists. The Blue Jackets trail in the series 3-2.
Fedor Tyutin will return Saturday night | 04/26/2014 1:14 PM
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Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) will suit up in Saturday's game.
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Impact
He has been injured since Game 2, but he'll get back in the lineup for Game 5. Tyutin doesn't have a shot or a point in the series against Pittsburgh so far, but he's played just under 27 minutes of ice time during his two appearances.
Ryan Murray will be back in the fold Saturday | 04/26/2014 1:01 PM
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Ryan Murray will draw back into Columbus' lineup on Saturday night for Game 5 against Pittsburgh.
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He didn't play on Wednesday because of an undisclosed ailment, but he's ready to return. Murray has one assist and he's averaged 25:17 of ice time in three playoff games versus the Penguins.
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