Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • Blue Jackets lose D James Wisniewski 1-2 weeks as injuries pile up "Did the Columbus Blue Jackets accidentally fire their cannon at the hockey gods or something? The team is dealing with yet another injury to a significant roster player as defenseman James Wisniewski suffered a broken finger in Columbus' 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night. Wisniewski..." October 29

  • Senators' special teams come up big in win over Blue Jackets

    Ottawa Citizen "Special teams proved the difference for the Ottawa Senators Tuesday in a game full of fireworks. Erik Karlsson, Alex Chiasson − on a five-minute power play − and Clarke MacArthur scored third-period goals as the Senators pulled away for a 5-2 victory. MacArthur also scored in the first period..." October 29

  • Blue Jackets GM on nine injured roster players: 'It's a nightmare' "Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has been dealing with a lot in his second full year on the job. After a tumultuous summer with contentious contract negotiaitons, the GM is now dealing with a team that can't stay healthy. Teams have players get hurt all the time, but it's not usuall..." October 29

  • Blue Jackets place Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve, recall Anton Forsberg from Springfield (AHL) "The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Injured Reserve and added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Bobrovsky suffered a fractured..." October 28

  • Nick Foligno taken off ice on stretcher after being hit into linesman

    Pro Hockey Talk "What started out with a hit that didn’t look that unusual turned ugly quickly in Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets. Midway through the third period, Kings forward Jeff Carter hit Columbus’ Nick Foligno into the boards along the Kings’ bench. Foligno continued..." October 27

  • D Ryan Murray set to return to Blue Jackets lineup Sunday "The Columbus Blue Jackets will finally get back one of their several injured players Sunday when young defenseman Ryan Murray makes his season debut against the Los Angeles Kings. He was activated off of injured reserve Sunday ahead of the afternoon contest. The 21-year-old had missed the start..." October 27

  • Columbus activates Milano from IR, gets McElhinney back

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Columbus Blue Jackets’ comeback win against the San Jose Sharks already heightened moods. Now it looks like the team is getting a little healthier, even if it’s not on the level to dramatically improve their outlook in the short-term. For one thing, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline..." October 25

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    Told #CBJ Cam Atkinson did not sustain any damage to right eye. Cut was below eye.

  • John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks extend winning streak to seven in a row with win over Blue Jackets

    L.A. Daily News "Frederik Andersen won all six of his starts in goal for the Ducks going into Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. John Gibson lost his only start of the season, the opening game Oct. 9 against the Penguins in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau could have made the..." October 25

  • Blue Jackets stun Sharks

    Columbus Dispatch "An identity forged one season does not automatically transfer to the next. Names change and time passes in the off-season, forcing the atmosphere – so delicate and immeasurable – to be created anew. But after last night’s improbable 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks in SAP Center, Blue Jackets..." October 24

  • Horton's Back Injury Could End Career

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets aren’t ready to move on without injured right wing Nathan Horton yet. But optimism is fading that Horton will be able to play this season, and there’s growing concern that the 29-year-old’s career might be finished. Horton, who signed a seven-year, $37.1 million free-agent..." October 22

  • McElhinney Injury Could Test Goalie Depth

    The Cannon "Nick Foligno was just trying to swat away a cross-ice pass. Instead, he missed the puck, couldn't stop his momentum, and crashed into Curtis McElhinney, the backup goalie for the Columbus Blue Jackets. McElhinney stayed down in his crease for a few moments before being helped off the ice. On..." October 21

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    Shawn Mitchell @smitchcd

    Told #CBJ will indeed recall G Anton Forsberg. He is expected to join club in time to practice on Monday afternoon in San Jose.

  • Seantors edge out Blue Jackets

    Ottawa Sun "The trip from healthy scratch to hero didn't take Mike Hoffman long. The Senators' winger stole the show with a two-point effort -- including the winner -- as Ottawa stretched its winning streak to four straight with a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hoffman, who missed a penalty..." October 19

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    #CBJ D Ryan Murray appears out tonight. Saw docs this morning regarding his knee, which was scoped four months ago. Awaiting update.

  • Blue Jackets 3, Flames 2: Columbus withstands Calgary's chaos

    Columbus Dispatch "The scene in the final two minutes last night at Nationwide Arena resembled an elementary playground with no teacher on duty. But amid the mayhem of six Calgary Flames players trying to score the tying goal was just enough desperation by the Blue Jackets — and maybe a touch of luck — to..." October 18

  • Kari Lehtonen struggles, but breakaway save helps push Stars to win over Blue Jackets

    Dallas Morning News "Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin saw the release of a trick shot video by Dude Perfect Monday, and they filmed the perfect encore Tuesday at Nationwide Arena. Benn had a goal, three assists and a fight, while Seguin tallied three goals in a 4-2 win over Columbus. Not bad for a couple of guys who..." October 15

  • Team-first attitude has Blue Jackets trending up

    Fox Sports Ohio "Whether you subscribe to an "all in" attitude or prefer to take a more "wait and see" approach, there is no mistaking the indisputable fact that the Blue Jackets are playing as a more cohesive unit to start this season than they have in the past. After their 5-2 dismantling of the New York..." October 14

  • Blue Jackets leaning on youth again

    Fox Sports Ohio "The Blue Jackets opened the 2014-15 campaign on the road in Buffalo with a 3-1 victory over the Sabres on Thursday without Nathan Horton, Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray, all of whom are out with injury. Their top-line center, Ryan Johansen, had only one practice with the team after..." October 11

  • Third period goals help Blue Jackets get by Sabres

    The Cannon "This is a story about a team from Ohio with big plans. It all started on Thursday evening in Buffalo, against the Sabres. We don`t think they`ll have a superb season, but man, for the past few years they`ve been molding the template on how to properly rebuild. Here`s what we know- they are..." October 10

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

  • Blue Jackets Dubinsky Out 6 Weeks

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets have been staggered by injuries, absences and an ever-changing roster throughout training camp. But the biggest blow might have come today, on the eve of the season opener on Thursday at Buffalo. Center Brandon Dubinsky had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia this morning and is..." October 08

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Brandon Dubinsky likely to miss Blue Jackets' season opener "The Columbus Blue Jackets have been having a tough couple of weeks. Though there was good news Monday when Ryan Johansen signed a new three-year deal to get back with the team, the club has dealt with its share of bad news of late. There was more Tuesday. The club, already without Nathan Horton..." October 07

  • Jackets, Ryan Johansen talks stuck in neutral

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Johansen contract talks are going nowhere. “We are prepared to go with the guys we have,” he told WTVN-AM. … The Blue Jackets were off yesterday. They’re back on the ice this morning." October 06

  • Columbus, Johansen agree to three-year, $12M deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The stalemate is finally over — per the Blue Jackets, Ryan Johansen has agreed to a three-year extension with the club: Per TSN, the deal carries an average annual cap hit of $4 million, which represents something of a middle ground between what Johansen — represented by player agent Kurt..." October 06

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    CLB claims Skille from NYI

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    #CBJ had 2 year, $6M offer on table for months. This is their first tweak to that offer. Overhardt started at $13.7M for 2 year, now at $9M.

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    Shawn Mitchell @smitchcd

    #CBJ Boone Jenner (broken left hand) expected to miss five weeks,according to official release from club.

  • Johansen, Blue Jackets 'very civil' as talks resume "The Columbus Blue Jackets resumed negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Monday and they were "very polite, well mannered," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Tuesday after the NHL Board of Governors meeting. Davidson said negotiations were..." September 30

  • Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner out with broken hand

    Columbus Dispatch "Left wing Boone Jenner is expected to miss significant time with a broken left hand, suffered when he was struck by a puck during practice on Sunday. Jenner will have more tests on Tuesday in Columbus to determine how serious the break is and how much time he’ll miss, but it figures to be at..." September 30

  • Blue Jackets’ Milano, Murray skate

    Pro Hockey Talk "Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano and defenseman Ryan Murray each took a step in their respective recovery Sunday. Milano, the Jackets first round pick (16th overall) from June, is recovering from facial fractures suffered during a rookie tournament earlier this month. The..." September 28

  • Nathan Horton remains out with 'degenerative' back condition "When it comes to Nathan Horton, neither the Columbus Blue Jackets nor medical professionals have any idea when the veteran forward will be able to return to action. Horton is currently dealing with a back issue that has left him unable to participate in any portion of the Jackets' training..." September 25

  • Blue Jackets extend affiliation with Springfield of AHL "The Columbus Blue Jackets have extended their agreement with the Springfield Falcons for the club to serve as the organization's American Hockey League affiliate through the 2015-16 season with an option for two additional years, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today." September 23

  • Report: Ryan Johansen's agent lowers asking price by $2.6 million "The standoff between the Columbus Blue Jackets and restricted free agent forward Ryan Johansen comes with some ramped up pressure now that training camp has officially begun. According to Aaron Porzline of the Columbus Dispatch, there has been some movement in the increasingly contentious..." September 23

  • Jenner at center begins Sunday

    Pro Hockey Talk "With restricted free agent Ryan Johansen now receiving offers from KHL clubs, the Columbus Blue Jackets are moving on as if they won’t have their top center to start the season. Without Johansen, Jackets’ head coach Todd Richards has a few options on how to fill the void, which includes moving..." September 21

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    #CBJ D Ryan Murray skated with the non-game-playing group today, Richards said. "He was doing some bumping."

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov reached out to say, while there were conversations about Ryan Johansen, (1/3)...

  • Blue Jackets might go another season without a captain

    Columbus Dispatch "Unless they name a captain before their Oct. 9 opener at Buffalo, the Blue Jackets will begin their third consecutive season without one. That news likely will be met with a collective shrug by nearly everyone within the organization. “I don’t worry about it,” said Blue Jackets president of..." September 21

  • Johansen's Agent Makes Two-Year Offer to Blue Jackets "One day after leaving Columbus amid a contract dispute, the agent for Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen has tabled another two-year contract offer. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, it doesn't appear the offer was warmly received by the team. Blue Jackets director of hockey..." September 20

  • Horton Sidelined As Camp Begins

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a back injury that has dogged him most of the summer. It's doubtful he'll take part in training camp and he may miss the early stages of the regular season. No, this is not an "encore" blog entry from last season. Horton played only..." September 19

  • Blue Jackets running huge risk with Ryan Johansen negotiations

    SB Nation "Ryan Johansen still doesn't have a new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets and it doesn't look like that stalemate will be broken soon, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The Blue Jackets and Johansen, a restricted free agent, are reportedly $2-$3 million apart in..." September 16

  • Ryan Johansen, Jackets continue stare down

    Columbus Dispatch "With the NHL prospects tournament serving as the backdrop, Blue Jackets management and the agent for Ryan Johansen are spending the last weekend of the offseason in Traverse City, Mich., trying to hammer out a new contract for the club’s star center. The Blue Jackets are negotiating with the..." September 15

  • Milano Out With Facial Fractures

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets prospect left wing Sonny Milano, the club's No. 16 overall selection in June, suffered multiple facial fractures when he was checked into the boards during Thursday's 6-4 win over Minnesota at the NHL prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich. Milano suffered a fractured orbital..." September 14

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    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

    Don't be surprised if recently-signed Sonny Milano does not play today for CBJ. Club exercising caution after Milano's injury yesterday

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    Told #CBJ asst. GM Bill Zito and Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, met yesterday in Traverse City. No progress; still $3M apart / year

  • Johansen talks likely to resume

    Columbus Dispatch "It has been six weeks since the Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, have had contract negotiations, but that is expected to change this weekend. Blue Jackets management, along with most of the organization’s top prospects, are traveling on Thursday to the annual..." September 10

  • What if the Blue Jackets and Johansen don’t reach a deal?

    Columbus Dispatch "The latest round of phone calls were placed on Friday, an attempt to see if anything had changed in the lingering contract talks between the Blue Jackets and restricted free agent Ryan Johansen. A step toward the middle, perhaps? A plan to talk again soon? The two sides can't agree on much, it..." August 31

  • No contract talks between Milano and Blue Jackets

    Pro Hockey Talk "Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Sonny Milano has been one of the most talked about prospects this summer as he weighed his options before choosing to join the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League over of honoring his commitment to Boston College. There was some thought that Milano had..." August 29

  • Columnist cautions against holdout for Blue Jackets’ Johansen

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen is not a holdout. He is a vacationer for 27 more days, until training camp opens on Sept. 18. At the moment, he is not holding out on anything. Also, technically speaking, the term holdout does not apply to him. Holdouts are players who have contracts and..." August 25