11:26 AM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Columbus Blue Jackets Rumors & News
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.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 6, 2014
The Blue Jackets finished in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division last season, behind Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia — all of which have faced disruptive offseasons. The Penguins were so upset by their latest Stanley Cup playoffs debacle that they decided to surround stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with a new set of accompanying pieces. The Rangers and Flyers seem to ignore the NHL salary cap until their credit card is declined. Now what?
Columbus Dispatch Jul 5, 2014
The Blue Jackets added another candidate to play on their fourth line yesterday, signing former Pittsburgh Penguins center Brian Gibbons to a one-year, two-way contract.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 3, 2014
Now that negotiations between the Blue Jackets and their leading scorer, Ryan Johansen, have dragged into July, the 21-year-old center is free to negotiate with all 30 NHL teams. That sounds terribly risky for the Blue Jackets. But here’s the reality: Offer sheets are rare, and they are rarely successful at poaching another team’s player.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 2, 2014
While the rest of the NHL promised nearly half a billion dollars in contracts to free agents, the Blue Jackets, as expected, stayed out of the fray yesterday and made no signings. Even so, the first day of free agency transformed the Blue Jackets’ fourth forward line. Center Derek MacKenzie, left wing Blake Comeau, and right wing Jack Skille signed with new teams after the Blue Jackets showed limited interest in bringing them back.