Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • Promising prospects get chance to challenge veterans for jobs

    Columbus Dispatch "Nothing can change the fact that only three teams in the NHL had a worse record than the Blue Jackets last season. But as the club’s management and coaches watched their minor-league players cruise to an American Hockey League championship last spring in Cleveland, it became easier to find hope..." September 25

  • Matt Calvert now longest-tenured Blue Jacket

    Columbus Dispatch "In a two-day span over the summer, the Blue Jackets parted ways with two veteran players, buying out the contracts of forward Jared Boll and defenseman Fedor Tyutin. Boll and Tyutin were the longest-tenured Blue Jackets, Boll dating to the 2007-08 season and Tyutin arriving one season..." September 24

  • Blue Jackets F Clarkson fails physical

    TSN "Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced Wednesday that winger David Clarkson has failed his phsyical and will not start camp with the team. Clarkson has an apparent back injury."Every time he tries to work out, it's bothersome. He's disappointed," Davidson..." September 23

  • It’s early, but Columbus has to be thrilled about Bobrovsky

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s been said the Blue Jackets will only go as far as Sergei Bobrovsky will take them. Debatable, sure. But after watching Team Russia at the World Cup, it’s easier to make the argument. In the wake of Bobrovsky’s scintillating effort in a 4-3 win over Team North America — 43 saves, 19 on..." September 21

  • John Tortorella's stance is firm, but what does it say about inclusiveness in hockey?

    ESPN "Only three players of color are competing in the World Cup of Hockey. Team USA coach John Tortorella's stance on the anthem protests across professional sports has only made hockey look more exclusionary, an insulated world as unyielding as the ice it's played on. Before the tournament began,..." September 20

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Russia names Bobrovsky starter for World Cup opener

    Pro Hockey Talk "No surprise here, really — one day after Sergei Bobrovsky starred in a 3-2 OT loss to Canada, head coach Oleg Znarok said Bobrovsky would start when Russia opens the 2016 World Cup of Hockey against Sweden on Sunday. Bobrovsky received the majority of minutes in Russia’s exhibition campaign,..." September 15

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • John Tortorella 'not backing off' vow to bench players over national anthem

    USA Today "U.S. World Cup of Hockey coach John Tortorella said he has heard from “a number” of people regarding his Tuesday vow to bench any player who doesn’t stand for the national anthem and he hasn’t changed his mind. “I’m not backing off — I’ll tell you right now,” Tortorella said. “Try to understand..." September 07

  • Seth Jones has ‘no problem’ with Tortorella’s anthem stance

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the wake of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, it wasn’t surprising that Blue Jackets and Team USA head coach John Tortorella made headlines yesterday when he said “if any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there for the rest of the..." September 07

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • USA coach John Tortorella says he'd bench player for sitting during anthem

    CBS Sports "The national conversation surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit or kneel during the playing of the national anthem as a form of silent protest is still rolling on. The latest place the much-debated issue cropped up was at Team USA's training camp for the..." September 06

  • John Tortorella is struggling to manage both Team USA and the Blue Jackets

    Columbus Dispatch "John Tortorella has two well-organized folders on his desk in Nationwide Arena, one labeled “Blue Jackets” and the other labeled “Team USA.” He has two training camps scheduled “down to the minute,” along with updated injury reports, tentative exhibition game lineups, fitness testing results,..." September 05

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Forward Jarret Stoll to attend Blue Jackets’ camp on PTO

    Sportsnet "Forward Jarret Stoll will attend Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp on a professional try-out, the team announced Tuesday. The Melville, Saskatchewan, native spent the 2016-17 season with the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, scoring four goals and totalling nine points in 80 games. The..." August 30

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Blue Jackets GM passed on Kopitar in draft, mocked his training

    Yardbarker "The Columbus Blue Jackets could have had Anze Kopitar and passed on the talented Slovenian partly due to his training regimen. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch revisited the 2005 NHL Draft, writing that the Blue Jackets had a real chance at landing Kopitar. He was ranked 3rd on the team..." August 27

  • Avs Give Rene Bourque a PTO: Report

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Rene Bourque to a professional tryout (PTO), according to James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail. The former University of Wisconsin Badger most recently spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets, putting up three goals and eight points in 49 games last..." August 25

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • After frustrating year, Saad raring to go in World Cup

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Brandon Saad isn’t used to sitting around with nothing to do. Especially in mid-April. Saad skated in 65 playoff games with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2012-15, nearly 80 percent of an NHL season. But in 2015-16, his first year with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saad never saw the..." August 20

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • Leafs, Devils, Pens, Isles Get First Jimmy Vesey Meetings, Columbus in Mix

    The Hockey Writers "At 12:01am Tuesday, Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey (along with a handful of other former collegiate skaters) became a free agent. While Vesey isn’t going to change a team’s fortunes, he’s a talented player who can improve a forward group. Importantly, acquiring the 23-year-old won’t cost anything..." August 16

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • Jack Johnson’s Shoulder “100 Percent” in Advance of World Cup

    The Hockey Writers "Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson had his season cut short by shoulder surgery in March. But the former Olympian says his shoulder is “100 percent” in advance of September’s World Cup of Hockey, where he will represent the United States. “I’ve got my family at home, so I spend a lot..." August 10

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Blue Jackets sign UFA Sam Gagner to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed UFA forward Sam Gagner to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday. According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, the deal is worth $650,000." August 01

  • Jackets Close To Signing Gagner

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets are close to signing free agent center Sam Gagner to a one-year contract, sources told The Dispatch on Saturday. The deal could be finalized as soon as Monday. Gagner, 26, had eight goals, eight assists and 25 penalty minutes in 53 games with Philadelphia last season. He also..." July 30

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Blue Jackets sign three players to one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contracts

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed three players to one-year, two-way contracts for the 2016-17 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Center Alex Broadhurst, 23, recorded 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points with 14..." July 26

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Bednar, Legace Extended; McCarthy Hired

    Columbus Dispatch "Jared Bednar, who drew NHL interest this summer after coaching AHL Lake Erie to the Calder Cup in June, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets, sources told The Dispatch. The deal carries Bednar through the 2018-19 season with the Monsters, as Bednar had one year..." July 17

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Hoepfner Leaving Blue Jackets

    Columbus Dispatch "Larry Hoepfner, an high-ranking executive with the Blue Jackets' business operations department since 2005, is leaving the organization, effective immediately, to "pursue other opportunities outside the organization," according to a brief release issued by the club today. Hoepfner was executive..." July 10

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Blue Jackets GM content with depth at center

    The Score "Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen isn't concerned with his team's depth down the middle. Kekalainen dealt 23-year-old pivot Ryan Johansen last season to the Nashville Predators for Seth Jones, and disputes the notion the team still lacks a No. 1 center. "People might say..." July 03

  • Canucks Sign Michael Chaput, Borna Rendulic and Chad Billins to One-Year Contracts

    Hockey Fights "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenceman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract. Chaput, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL Lake..." July 02

  • Trent Vogelhuber declines Jackets offer, signs with Avs

    Columbus Dispatch "Trent Vogelhuber took a big step closer to playing in the NHL on Friday but left the only franchise he’s ever known. Vogelhuber, a Dublin native and Blue Jackets’ draft pick, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche on the first day of NHL free agency. The 27-year-old..." July 02

  • Avalanche sign Colborne to 2-year deal, Tyutin to 1-year deal

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche have signed free-agent forward Joe Colborne to a two-year, $5-million contract, reports TSN's Darren Dreger. A former first-round pick, 16th overall in 2008, Colborne exploded in a big way last season, scoring 19 goals and adding 25 assists in 73 games for the Calgary..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets Buy Out Jared Boll

    The Cannon "Jared Boll has seen his time in Columbus come to an end. The right wing saw his contract bought out today, with just one year remaining on the deal. The buyout cost will be $1,133,333, spread out over the next two seasons. The annual cap hit will be $566,567." June 30

  • Dubois looking to prove Columbus right

    NHL.com "Pierre-Luc Dubois, the third pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, said he likens his game to that of Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn. But on the first day of Columbus Blue Jackets development camp Monday, he acknowledged he'll draw more comparisons to the player selected right behind him. Dubois, an..." June 29

  • Blue Jackets buy out remaining two seasons of Fedor Tyutin's contract

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have bought out the final two years of defenseman Fedor Tyutin’s contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Tyutin immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent. “Fedor Tyutin is a pro in every sense of the word and has been an important player..." June 29

  • Blue Jackets sign defenseman Seth Jones to six-year extension

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Seth Jones to a six-year contract through the 2021-22 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Kekalainen and Jones will be available to meet with the media today at 2 p.m. in the press conference room..." June 29