Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • So Far, Jackets' PK Is Killing It

    Columbus Dispatch "The identity the Blue Jackets are trying to forge this season – gritty, relentless, bend but don’t break, etc. – won’t be fully formed unless they are good on the penalty kill. More than any other aspect of the game, a club’s competitiveness and resilience can be measured when they’re a skater..." October 24

  • Bobrovsky earns shutout as Blue Jackets blank Stars

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Dallas Stars 3-0 at American Airlines Center on Saturday. It was team effort for the Blue Jackets and Bobrovsky didn't have to make too many tough saves in his first shutout of the season. It was..." October 23

  • Tortorella: Jenner Is "Fighting It"

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner was dropped to the fourth line before Friday's game against Chicago. Then came a bigger surprise: Jenner played only 8:10 in the 3-2 victory. "He’s fighting it," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "I’m not worried about him. I think he’s handled himself..." October 23

  • Blue Jackets’ oft-injured defenseman Ryan Murray suffers upper-body injury

    The Hockey News "Ryan Murray has missed more than 80 games over the past three seasons, and it looks like he could be sidelined once again after suffering an upper-body injury Friday. The Blue Jackets had high hopes for defenseman Ryan Murray when he was selected second overall in the 2012 draft, and Columbus..." October 22

  • Blue Jackets call up Sonny Milano from AHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Immediately after earning their first win of the season — a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks — the Columbus Blue Jackets made a roster move by calling up one of their top prospects, forward Sonny Milano, from the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League. To make room for Milano..." October 22

  • Calder Cup standout Sedlak to make NHL debut for Jackets

    Pro Hockey Talk "Lukas Sedlak, the sixth-round pick that broke out during AHL Lake Erie’s Calder Cup championship run, will make his big-league debut tonight when Columbus hosts Chicago. Sedlak, 23, spent three largely nondescript years with the Jackets’ minor-league club after turning pro in 2013, never..." October 21

  • Blue Jackets hang on to top Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Led by rookie defenseman Zach Werenski's tenacious play, the Columbus Blue Jackets earned their first win of the season by hanging on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday at Nationwide Arena. Werenski ended the night with one goal and one assist in 22:48 of ice-time..." October 21

  • The odds say Torts will be fired first

    Pro Hockey Talk "A winless start in Columbus has made John Tortorella the most likely NHL head coach to be fired first, according to online bookmaker Bovada. Tortorella is getting 13/4 odds to get the ax before any of his counterparts. He’s followed by Willie Desjardins in Vancouver at 7/2 and Islanders bench..." October 18

  • Jackets Top Line Not Performing, So Tortorella Goes To The Blender

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets didn’t salvage any points, but they did save face with a respectable third period in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to San Jose in Nationwide Arena. What made the Blue Jackets’ late-game resurgence noteworthy is that it only happened after coach John Tortorella broke up his struggling top..." October 17

  • Sharks open road trip by clipping Blue Jackets

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The San Jose Sharks played as a well-oiled machine in the opener of their five-game Eastern Conference road trip, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 16,546. The Sharks never trailed in the game, scoring two goals in..." October 16

  • Blue Jackets suspend Gregory Campbell for not reporting to AHL

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets have suspended forward Gregory Campbell after the veteran did not report to the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL when assigned. Campbell, 32, played 82 games for Columbus last season but failed to make the final roster for 2016-17." October 16

  • Jackets lose Ryan Murray for at least Saturday’s game

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Columbus Blue Jackets, coming off a disappointing result in their season-opener last night, will now be without defenseman Ryan Murray for at least tomorrow’s home game against San Jose. Coach John Tortorella announced today that Murray would be missing against the Sharks after the d-man..." October 15

  • Gregory Campbell won't report to Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate

    Columbus Dispatch "Veteran center Gregory Campbell, cleared through waivers and sent to minor-league Cleveland on Tuesday by the Blue Jackets, will not report to the American Hockey League club, his agent told The Dispatch on Saturday. "Gregory will not be reporting, no," said Pat Morris of Newport Sports..." October 15

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • Marchand leads Bruins to comeback win in Columbus

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the normal opening night excitement palpable, the Boston Bruins overcame two, two-goal deficits to top the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday night. "I didn't think we played that bad," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "We had two mistakes..." October 13

  • Zach Werenski Relishes Responsibility Blue Jackets Are Giving Him

    Columbus Dispatch "Zach Werenski whipped a diagonal pass with such pace to Alexander Wennberg that the Pittsburgh Penguins’ penalty killers barely had a chance to react Saturday afternoon. The defenseman’s pass, which led to an Oliver Bjorkstrand goal, showcased his vision and ability to process the picture..." October 13

  • Columbus sends No. 3 overall pick Dubois back to junior

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pierre-Luc Dubois‘ stint as a NHLer was brief. On Wednesday, the Jackets did as expected and returned Dubois — the No. 3 overall pick at this year’s draft — to his junior club in QMJHL Cape Breton. Yesterday, some eyebrows were raised when Dubois was listed on Columbus’ opening-night roster,..." October 12

  • 10 surprises on opening night rosters "With the NHL season set to begin Wednesday, each of the 30 teams announced its 23-man roster. As expected, Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick by the Winnipeg Jets, made their teams. But there were plenty of other young..." October 12

  • 31 bold predictions for 2016-17 season

    TSN "Go bold or go home. The task at hand on the eve of the 2016-17 season is to make one bold prediction for all 31 National Hockey League franchises. By nature, the end result is either all or nothing, spot on or utterly insane. There is no comfortable middle ground. Last year, it wasn’t so..." October 12

  • Nick Foligno donates $1 million to hospitals that helped save his daughter

    Fox Sports "Two hospitals helped Nick Foligno's daughter through a congenital heart defect nearly three years ago, and now the Blue Jackets forward is showing his appreciation through a major gift. Foligno and his wife, Janelle, announced Tuesday that they would be making a $1 million donation to be split..." October 12

  • Veterans Gregory Campbell And Dalton Prout Stay Positive While Awaiting Chances

    Columbus Dispatch "For all the talk about driving competition this summer, the club with the fourth-worst record in the NHL last season produced few surprises in training camp. Dynamic 19-year-old defenseman Zach Werenski easily won a job. It would appear forwards Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand, heroes of..." October 10

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • Pierre-Luc Dubois likely to return to junior this season

    Today's Slapshot "As much as the Columbus Blue Jackets would likely love to keep their future No. 1 center in the NHL season, it is seeming increasingly unlikely. The team is expected to ice something close to their opening night lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. It doesn’t sound like Pierre-Luc..." October 07

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • NHL point projections: How we see 2016-17 season unfolding

    USA Today "The only guarantee about the NHL standings in 2016-17 is that they won’t look like the 2015-16 standings. Historically, there’s usually a significant change in who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. This past season, the NHL had five new playoff qualifiers. In 2014-15, seven playoff teams..." October 04

  • Redemption is motivation for Sam Gagner

    Columbus Dispatch "Sam Gagner is new to Columbus, having signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in July. But in many ways, the 27-year-old embodies the state of the franchise. The 2015-16 season was a well-documented nightmare, with the Blue Jackets flaming out amid high expectations and finishing with the..." October 02

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • 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 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