Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Negotiations remain ‘chilly’ between Columbus, Ryan Johansen

    Pro Hockey Talk "Most of the headlines regarding the Columbus Blue Jackets paint a rosy picture, but it sounds like the team has some work to do before retaining important restricted free agent Ryan Johansen. The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline describes the negotiations as “chilly as ever.” Really, though,..." August 19

  • Jackets: Milano Decision Was His Alone

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets insist that Sonny Milano's decision to pull out of his commitment to Boston College was made strictly by the family and the player, not at the urging of the club. Milano, the Jackets' first-round pick (No. 16 overall) in June, informed Boston College coach Jerry York in a..." August 18

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    NHL Blue Jackets @BlueJacketsNHL

    #CBJ 2014 NHL Draft Pick Sonny Milano has informed Boston College Hockey that he will play with the OHL's Plymouth Whalers this season.

  • Blue Jackets' Milano sticking with Boston College "Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano confirmed Monday he will attend Boston College in the fall. Milano's Canadian Hockey League rights are owned by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, and there has been speculation he would pass on college hockey. However, Milano, the..." August 04

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    Jeff Marek @JeffMarek

    Also, look for CBJ 1st rounder Sonny Milano to announce he'll forego playing at Boston College in favour of the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

  • Ryan Johansen and Blue Jackets at a stand still

    Columbus Dispatch "Two weeks ago, it was reported in this space that contract talks between the Blue Jackets and restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen had taken a major step forward. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, made a two-year contract proposal to Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, acknowledging that his..." August 04

  • Jackets’ Horton happy having a full summer to prep for next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nathan Horton‘s first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets wasn’t exactly one to remember. While he was part of a team that went to the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history, recovery from offseason shoulder surgery and other injuries held him to just 35 games in the regular..." August 02

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Blue Jackets signed Dana Tyrell to a one year contract at $655 000. Two way deal. $150 000 guarantee. #tvasports

  • Progress In Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets and restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen may still be a long way from a new contract. But after weeks of silence there has been significant progress. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, recently extended a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, sources have told The..." July 21

  • Davidson believes Blue Jackets can ‘do some damage’ next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Beyond trading R.J. Umberger for Scott Hartnell, it’s been a pretty quiet offseason for the Columbus Blue Jackets. That said, this is a team that won its first two postseason games in franchise history and made the Pittsburgh Penguins sweat before eventually advancing in six contests. That’s a..." July 20

  • Erixon Gets One-Way Contract

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent Tim Erixon to a one-year, $600,000 contract. But the term and money aren't the big story here. Erixon's deal is a one-way, NHL contract, meaning he'll make $600,000 whether he plays with the Blue Jackets or is sent down to play for AHL..." July 16

  • With Dubinsky locked up, Jackets next task is re-signing Johansen

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Columbus Blue Jackets signed Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year, $35.1 million contract extension, they were tying themselves to the man that might become the team’s captain. He’s not their best player though nor does he claim to be. He feels that distinction will — perhaps already does —..." July 13

  • Brandon Dubinsky Signs 6-Year $35.1 Million Extension With Jackets

    Columbus Dispatch "Brandon Dubinsky has signed a six-year, $35.1 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets, a deal that puts him under contract with the club through the 2020-21 season. He'll earn $5.85 million per season and has a no-move clause beginning now through the 2017-18 season. In the final three..." July 12

  • Sean Collins resigned by Columbus Blue Jackets

    Global News "The Columbus Blue Jackets hockey club announced Tuesday it has resigned Sean Collins to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract. Further contract details were not disclosed. The Blue Jackets drafted the now 25-year-old Saskatoon product in the 2008 national hockey league draft." July 08

  • Johansen and Blue Jackets still far apart in contract talks "The Columbus Blue Jackets are still very much engaged in a tense game of contract chicken with budding star Ryan Johansen, with neither side looking as though they are ready to blink. Although, as Aaron Portzline notes, it is still July so there is plenty of time to get a deal done, Johansen..." July 08

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    #CBJ announce that D Cody Goloubef has signed a one-year, two-way contract. #SPCs #fastandfurious

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    #CBJ confirm Corey Tropp contract signing. Two years. He was an RFA.

  • Blue Jackets re-sign Savard — two years, $2.6 million

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Columbus Blue Jackets are doing well to maintain the blue line corps they had last season. Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports the team has re-signed defenseman David Savard to a two-year, $2.6 million deal. Savard, 23, has been a depth blue liner the past three seasons in..." July 05

  • Jackets Sign Gibbons To 1 Year Deal

    Columbus Dispatch "ntract. Gibbons, 26, has spent the past three seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins' organization, spending most of last season in the NHL. "I talked to a few organizations about a two-way deal, but this just felt like the best fit," Gibbons said. "I feel like there's going to be an opportunity..." July 04

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    #CBJ have begun early, exploratory contract extension talks w G Sergei Bobrovsky / C Brandon Dubinsky, both entering final year of contracts

  • Blue Jackets acquire Jerry D'Amigo, conditional pick from Maple Leafs in exchange for Matt Frattin "The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Jerry D’Amigo and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. D’Amigo, 23, appeared in 22 games with Toronto..." July 01

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    Hockey Central @SNHockeyCentral

    Blue Jackets re-sign defenceman Frederic St-Denis to a contract extension.

  • Ryan Johansen: It's disrespectful "Relations appear to be strained between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen after the 21-year-old center characterized the club's most recent contract offer as a "slap in the face." The former first-round draft choice (4th overall, 2010 NHL draft) is coming off an outstanding 33-goal..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets' Johansen gets qualifying offer: report "One of the top items on the to-do list for Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is getting leading scorer Ryan Johansen to sign a new contract. Johansen, who led the Blue Jackets with 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games in 2013-14, will become a restricted free agent if not..." June 30

  • Ryan Johansen talks are at an impasse

    Columbus Dispatch "Ryan Johansen spent the past two days camping near his home in British Columbia, and the Blue Jackets spent the past two days adding a new wave of talent to the organization at the NHL draft. But these are not peaceful, happy times for either party. Contract negotiations between the Blue..." June 30

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    Rob Mixer @RobMixer

    Dalton Prout's contract extension is a one-way deal. #CBJ

    2014 NHL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff The 2014 NHL Entry Draft goes on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. While this year's NHL draft will certainly not be able to match the talent pool of Thursday's NBA Draft, or even most other NHL Drafts for that matter, there are still some extremely talented players available. The best part... June 28

  • Blue Jackets re-sign backup G McElhinney to one-year deal "The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Monday. The 31-year-old posted a 10-11-1 record with a 2.78 goals against average and a .909 save percentage, while appearing in 28 games." June 23

  • Flyers Trade F Hartnell to Blue Jackets for Umberger "The Philadelphia Flyers have traded forward Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward R.J. Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round pick, the Flyers announced on Monday. Hartnell scored 20 goals and added 32 assists for 52 points last season with a plus-11 rating in 78..." June 23

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    RT @ed_pogue: @Aportzline @SaganPaul AP-chances Horton 100% by train camp? // Very good. He and Boll around the rink everyday working out.

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    EDM acquires negotiating rights to pending UFA D Nikita Nikitin from CBJ.

  • Blue Jackets name Brad Larsen assistant coach, sign Craig Hartsburg, Ian Clark and Chris Clark to extensions "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Associate Coach Craig Hartsburg, Goaltending Coach Ian Clark and Development Coach Chris Clark to multi-year contract extensions, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The Blue Jackets also signed former Springfield Falcons Head Coach Brad..." June 16

  • Johansen contract priority No. 1 for Blue Jackets "Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has prioritized his offseason to-do list, and at the top is a new contract for forward Ryan Johansen. Johansen, the fourth pick of the 2010 NHL Draft led the Blue Jackets with 33 goals and 63 points. He can become a restricted free agent..." June 06

  • Blue Jackets sign forward Simon Hjalmarsson

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets have signed Swedish forward Simon Hjalmarsson to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2014-15 season, luring one of the top European players to North America after his best season as a pro. Hjalmarsson -- no relation to Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarson -- is a 6-foot,..." June 04

  • Trade rumour out of Columbus: Sam Gagner of Edmonton Oilers for R.J. Umberger of Blue Jackets

    Edmonton Journal "This just in from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, an interesting trade rumour: “Here’s a juicy one: R.J. Umberger to Edmonton for Sam Gagner. It’s out there, and it makes a lot of sense … on paper.” Umberger has three years left on a deal that pays him $4.6 million per year. “The..." June 03

  • Blue Jackets sign forward Daniel Zaar to three-year Entry Level contract "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Daniel Zaar to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Zaar, 20, was Columbus’ fifth pick, 152nd overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft. A native of Helsingborg, Sweden, Zaar spent the 2013-14 season with..." May 31

  • Blue Jackets sign head coach Richards to two-year extension "The Columbus Blue Jackets signed head coach Todd Richards to a two-years contract extension through the 2016-2017 season. The Blue Jackets announced the move in a press release on Tuesday. Richards was at the helm as the Blue Jackets finished with a franchise-best 43-32-7 record this season...." May 27

  • Davidson Confirms Umberger Trade Request

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson confirmed last night that forward R..J. Umberger has requested a trade, but said a move would only be made this summer if it strengthens the Blue Jackets' roster. Davidson made his comments on 10TV's Wall to Wall Sports. The story of..." May 20

  • R.J. Umberger demands a trade from Blue Jackets

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets’ offseason roster tweaks could include one of the club’s longest-tenured players being traded. Sources have told The Dispatch that R.J. Umberger’s end-of-season meeting with Blue Jackets management and coaches ended with a mutual agreement that Umberger would go on the trading..." May 18

  • Blue Jackets sign Alexander Wennberg to entry-level contract "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alexander Wennberg to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Wennberg, 19, was Columbus’ first pick, 14th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft. “The Columbus Blue Jackets are very pleased to have reached..." May 16

  • Johansen's bright future excites Blue Jackets "Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen is only 21 years old (will turn 22 later this summer), but he’s been through a lot in his young NHL career. Everyone knows the story by now, but we'll summarize: he was the No.4 overall pick at the 2010 NHL Draft in Los Angeles, and while the players picked..." May 03