Blue Jackets Rumors & News

  • CBJ prospect Anderson fractured orbital bone in fight, out four weeks

    NBC Sports "On Friday, Columbus announced that forward Josh Anderson would undergo surgery to repair a fracture orbital bone and be sidelined for approximately four weeks. Anderson, 21, suffered the injury during a preseason scrap with Pittsburgh’s Steve Oleksy. He was subsequently held out of team..." October 02

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Jackets reassign Bjorkstrand, Milano, release Sheppard from PTO

    Pro Hockey Talk "After failing to secure a contract on the unrestricted free agent market this summer, it seems forward James Sheppard’s attempt to fight his way on to Columbus as a training camp tryout hasn’t worked out either. He was among the 14 players that the Blue Jackets’ cut from their training camp..." September 26

  • Saad has four root canals after taking puck to the face, still might play Saturday

    USA Today "NHL preseason hockey started a few days ago, which means that it’s already past time for someone to get hit in the face with a puck. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Blue Jackets new star forward Brandon Saad had his much anticipated season debut postponed by a..." September 25

  • Report: NHL to review Clarkson's knee-on-knee; likely no further discipline

    The Score "It's only the preseason, but Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Clarkson may already be in hot water with the NHL's Department of Player Safety. The league has requested video of the knee-on-knee hit delivered by Clarkson on Minnesota Wild winger Justin Fontaine early in the first period of..." September 25

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Blue Jackets' Saad to miss games Tuesday: report "Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad will not play in either of their split-squad preseason games Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues. Saad was hit in the mouth by a puck during practice Monday, according to the Columbus Dispatch." September 22

  • Blue Jackets Hope To Establish Lines, Pairs Early In Training Camp

    Columbus Dispatch "There will be surprises. Anybody who has ever followed the Blue Jackets through training camp knows that the best laid plans are always altered -- good or bad -- by the events that unfold between now and the regular-season opener. But how the team is aligned when it opens camp sheds significant..." September 18

  • Lenders say bankrupt NHL star Johnson complicit in reckless borrowing

    TSN "Bankrupt NHL star defenceman Jack Johnson is accused of being in cahoots with his parents in taking out a string of high-interest loans. RFF Family Partnerships, a California-based marketing company which is among Johnson’s largest creditors in his bankruptcy case, accuses the Columbus Blue..." September 17

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

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    Mike Chambers @MikeChambers

    .F Jack Skille, 7 overall pick in '05 by CHI, been skating w #Avs & likely attend camp on PTO. Former UW Badger 30-31-61 in 239 NHL games

  • Columbus hires former player Modin as adviser

    Pro Hockey Talk "Much like the Boston Bruins, the Columbus Blue Jackets bolstered their front office group with familiar former NHL players on Saturday. The Blue Jackets hired Fredrik Modin as an adviser while Dan Hinote returns to the fold after taking off the 2014-15 season to attend to a “family matter,”..." September 13

  • Columbus prospect Werenski on return to Michigan

    Columbus Dispatch "Zach Werenski expects to fall out of bed early this morning when his alarm clock rings in his University of Michigan dorm room. “I’m pretty sure my legs won’t work,” Werenski said. “Right now, they’re Jell-O. Tomorrow morning, they’ll be lead.” Werenski and the rest of the Wolverines hockey..." September 12

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Jack Johnson Is Fighting For His Contract In Bankruptcy Court

    Deadspin "Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last October, after being scammed out of millions by his parents. Now, he’s attempting to convert his filing into a Chapter 7 case—which, in very broad terms, would allow Johnson to resolve his debts by liquidating his..." September 10

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • Blue Jackets' David Savard cashes in with five-year extension

    Yahoo! Sports "Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard cashed in quite well on a career 2014-15. The pending restricted free agent landed a five-year deal worth $4.25 million per-season, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. That bopped him up from his two-year contract worth $2.6..." September 08

  • Blue Jackets sign James Sheppard to PTO

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets have signed two veteran forwards to player tryout agreements for training camp -- James Sheppard, who ended last season playing for the New York Rangers, and Antti Pihlstrom, who last played in the NHL with Nashville in 2008-09. Sheppard has played in 394 NHL games with..." September 06

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Blue Jackets prospect Markus Soberg To Miss 4-6 Weeks

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets prospect Markus Soberg, dogged by an abdominal injury since last season, will require surgery to repair a sports hernia. He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to the Windsor Spitfires. The Windsor Star first reported the news. Soberg was a sixth-round pick (No. 165 overall)..." September 02

  • Coming to Grips with the CBJ Blueline Situation

    The Cannon "I'll admit, I allowed myself to get convinced that Christian Ehrhoff was going to be a Blue Jacket, or at least that he'd be handed an invitation to try to make the team in training camp. It was never reported as being a done deal, I just figured it made so much sense, how could it not..." September 01

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    NHL Blue Jackets @BlueJacketsNHL

    Congratulations to Nick & Janelle Foligno on the birth of their son, Landon Nicholas. Landon was born at 12:16 p.m. today, 6 lbs., 13 oz!

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Todd Richards has 'no doubt' Brandon Saad will make Blue Jackets better

    The Score "Todd Richards is counting on a 22-year-old to help take his team to new heights. The Columbus Blue Jackets head coach watched as the front office acquired Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks shortly after the young forward won his second Stanley Cup with the club, and he's eager to welcome..." August 24

  • Blue Jackets sign Paul Bittner to 3-year, entry-level contract

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets announced the signing of 38th overall draft selection Paul Bittner to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday. Bittner, a 6-foot-4, 204-pound left winger, scored 34 goals and 71 points for the Portland Winterhawks in his third Western Hockey League season - his..." August 20

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • Christian Ehrhoff still considering offer from Blue Jackets

    CBS Sports "Unrestricted free agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has spent the free agency period watching his options for next season dwindle. As other top free agents got snapped up, a lot of teams started running out of salary cap space. Ehrhoff remains unsigned, but he is still garnering..." August 04

  • Ryan Murray: 'I have to show up and prove it'

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Murray‘s injury log tells much of the story. Just 21 years old, he’s already missed huge chunks of time with knee and ankle issues. Last season, he was limited to just 12 games. Suffice to say, this isn’t how it was supposed to go for the second overall pick in the 2012 draft. Still,..." July 29

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Does a defenceman trade between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets make sense?

    Edmonton Journal "It’s been widely rumoured that the Blue Jackets are on the hunt for a defenceman, and on Sunday Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch did a good job of shedding light on the situation. The short version: Columbus needs a defenceman, but dollars against the salary cap are tight. That..." July 21

  • Maple Leafs offered 4th overall pick to Blue Jackets at 2015 NHL Draft

    The Score "Mitchell Marner is proud to be a Toronto Maple Leaf, but a deal that almost happened on the draft floor could have drastically changed his destination. A video of the Columbus Blue Jackets draft table, released by Jackets TV, shows that the Maple Leafs were willing to part with the No. 4..." July 21

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Blue Jackets have talked with free-agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't giving up their pursuit of a defenseman. After swinging and missing on a trio of blue-liners, the club has reportedly been in talks with free agent Christian Ehrhoff, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch. Sources have told The Dispatch..." July 20

  • Stars, Sabres, Blue Jackets pursuing Oduya: report "The Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets are among the teams attempting to sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday. Oduya, 33, played the past three-plus seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup twice...." July 15

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14