9:11 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
Columbus Blue Jackets Rumors & News
Columbus Dispatch 3 hours ago
The Columbus news media got its first extended interview session with Scott Hartnell yesterday, and it scrutinized him the way a prospective customer might go over a used car. Scratches and dents are obvious. Sometimes problems that lurk beneath the hood aren’t easily detected. This qualified as a friendly interrogation, but questions about his impressions of his new NHL team, teammates and city showed that reporters still haven’t forgotten that the team’s front office didn’t ask the right questions in 2011 before acquiring a disgruntled Jeff Carter from those same Philadelphia Flyers.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 29, 2014
The Blue Jackets signed forward Dana Tyrell to a one-year, two-way contract. He was acquired in a minor-league trade with Tampa Bay in March, after which he had six goals and six assists in 19 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 27, 2014
Sports opinions don’t take a vacation, even when the sports editor does. So here are a few readers’ thoughts that might be stale by the time I get back to respond.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 25, 2014
The dawn of “advanced statistics” in hockey is thought to have occurred more than a decade ago, when progressive NHL front-office types and avid fans took baseball’s "Moneyball" approach and applied it to pucks. Jim Corsi’s approach has gained the most traction.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 21, 2014
After weeks at loggerheads, contract talks between the Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen might finally be progressing.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 18, 2014
Chat with Blue Jackets beat writer Aaron Portzline about all things hockey at noon Monday.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 16, 2014
Defenseman Tim Erixon signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets that should keep him in the NHL this season. Erixon’s contract, worth $600,000, is a one-way deal, meaning the Blue Jackets would have to pay him that amount even if he were demoted to the minor-league affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 13, 2014
Toward the end of the first day of the Blue Jackets’ development camp on Monday, most skaters seemed tired while kneeling on the ice after one of their late workouts. Then there was Oliver Bjorkstrand, a 19-year-old Danish right wing, standing, as he did when each workout ended, in a huddle around development coach Chris Clark.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 12, 2014
Brandon Dubinsky was not expecting a call from the Blue Jackets on July 1. That’s what made it special. On the very day Dubinsky entered the final year of his existing contract — which means it also was the first day the Jackets were permitted to negotiate an extension — general manager Jarmo Kekalainen delivered a long-term offer to Dubinsky’s agent.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 11, 2014
The Blue Jackets invited prospect defenseman Mike Reilly to Columbus in April, just as the city and Nationwide Arena were in the throes of a playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was not a sales job, the club insists, even though Reilly said the pulsating arena “really got me excited for what it’s going to be like in the NHL.”
Columbus Dispatch Jul 10, 2014
With depth at almost every position, the Blue Jackets’ roster appears to be well-stocked as it hits hockey’s summer lull. There is one huge hole — top center, because restricted free agent Ryan Johansen has yet to re-sign — but the Jackets are otherwise in good shape.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 9, 2014
The first Japanese hockey player drafted by an NHL team was Taro Tsujimoto, a fleet center for the Tokyo Katanas. He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 11th round in 1974. He became a legend because he was a myth.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 8, 2014
The Blue Jackets last season stocked their minor-league club in Springfield, Mass., with two veteran professional goaltenders, Mike McKenna and Jeremy Smith. It helped Springfield have a great regular season, and it helped the Blue Jackets in December, when starter Sergei Bobrovsky suffered a groin injury and backup Curtis McElhinney was felled by the flu.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 7, 2014
Blue Jackets first-round draft pick Sonny Milano talked today about the stick tricks that have caught the attention of hockey fans. Milano recorded a series of videos performing tricks with his hockey sticks for the NHL. Hundreds of thousands of fans have watched the videos on YouTube.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 7, 2014
The Blue Jackets’ development camp will have at least two new wrinkles this week as the organization’s top prospects gather in Columbus. The on-ice tweak should be a hoot: on Thursday, the 28 players — 16 forwards, eight defenseman and four goaltenders — will be split into three teams for an “inaugural” 3-on-3 tournament at the end of camp. There also is a new off-ice activity being introduced this year: rowing.
Blue Jackets Player News
Bob Hunter commentary: Scott Hartnell is perfect fit with young Jackets
Johansen’s side pitches 2-year deal
Blue Jackets: Kekalainen says no big plans for free agency
Blue Jackets notebook: Tim Erixon gets one-year, one-way contract