Handicapping the Expansion Draft

With Las Vegas officially becoming the 31st NHL franchise, and the 2016 Entry Draft behind us, time to take a very early look at how the expansion draft might impact the Blue Jackets. Now that Las Vegas has officially had its ticket punched as the lone expansion franchise, we have clarity on the rules that will govern the next June's expansion draft.  Also, with the 2016 Entry Draft...
Via The Cannon
4 hours ago

5,000 miles in two days? Worth it for Calvin Thürkauf

You’ll have to excuse the Blue Jackets’ seventh-round draft pick (No. 185 overall) Calvin Thürkauf if he seemed a little tired after his first day of Development Camp practice – he’s had a whirlwind of a travel weekend across both hemispheres and ...
7 hours ago

Blue Jackets extend qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Blue Jackets have made decisions on the contract statuses of several restricted free agents. The deadline to extend a qualifying offer to restricted free agents (RFA) is 5 p.m. ET on the first Monday following the NHL Draft...
19 hours ago

WATCH: Development Camp 2016 Day 1: Elvis Merzlikins Interview

Blue Jackets prospect Elvis Merzlikins meets the media on Day 1 of Development Camp.
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Development Camp 2016 Day 1: P-L Dubois Interview

Blue Jackets first-round pick Pierre-Luc Dubois meets the media on Day 1 of Development Camp.
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Baffling Experts Not Biggest Takeaway

“Columbus Blue Jackets are proud to select from Cape Breton…” Wait. What? Friday night in Buffalo was one for the ages. As expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs made Auston Matthews the top pick. The Winnipeg Jets followed that up by selecting Patrik Laine second overall. Finally, the moment Jesse Puljujarvi had been waiting for had finally arrived. He was about to hear his name...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Leafs Steal Kerby Rychel in Trade with Blue Jackets

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a trade just a few hours after the end of the draft. The Leafs were quick to work out a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, trading Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth round pick in exchange for Kerby Rychel. This is a fantastic trade for the Leafs and a puzzling one for the Blue Jackets. TOR gets Kerby Rychel from CBJ for Scott Harrington and...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Columbus draft pick survived meteor strike as kid, prompeted hockey career

On NHL Draft weekend, there are always many great stories that emerge as to how the prospects found themselves where they stand with the sweater of one of the 30 NHL teams on and a new hat on their head. Columbus Blue Jackets third round draft pick Vitaly Abramov might seem like an average Russian sniper taken in the later rounds due to the general reluctance in the NHL to take...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets trade Rychel to Maple Leafs for Harrington

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Scott Harrington and a conditional pick in the 2017 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs for left wing Kerby Rychel. Harrington, 23, has played 25 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Maple Leafs and registered one assist. Toronto acquired him from Pittsburgh a year ago in the trade that sent Phil Kessel...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Select Calvin Thurkauf in the Final Round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

With their seventh round pick, Columbus took a Swiss left winger. With their final selection in the draft, the Blue Jackets selected Calvin Thurkauf of the WHL. Thurkauf, a left wing from Switzerland, is listed at 6’1", 203 pounds. More to come on this story.
Via The Cannon
2 days ago

Blue Jackets Select Peter Thome in the Sixth Round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

After some time off the clock the Blue Jackets selected Thome, a goalie out of Minneapolis After the longest gap between draft picks in franchise history, the Blue Jackets returned to the action by picking Peter Thome, a goaltending prospect out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Committed to the University of North Dakota for 2017-18, Thome is a 6’3", 194 pound goaltending prospect...
Via The Cannon
3 days ago

Columbus Blue Jackets turn heads with No. 3 overall pick

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen and company didn’t buy in to the “big three” of this year’s draft class. The team decided to draft left wing/center Pierre-Luc Dubois with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Many speculated that Jesse Puljujärvi would be selected by the Jackets, but that wasn’t the case. He wound up as the No. 4 overall...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Blue Jackets select Pierre-Luc Dubois

CBJ pick Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick at the 2016 NHL Draft.
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets Select Pierre-Luc Dubois #3 Overall

With the third pick in the 2016 NHL Draft the Columbus Blue Jackets have selected Pierre-Luc Dubois from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL. About Pierre-Luc Dubois Playing centre for the first time in his career this season, Dubois impressed with a roughly 50 percent face-off success rate. His size and physicality makes him a possibility to become a top line centre...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Longtime Ohio newspaper publisher John F. Wolfe dies at 72

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Longtime Ohio newspaper publisher John F. Wolfe, whose family sold The Columbus Dispatch last year and still owns television and radio stations, has died at age 72. Wolfe died Friday at a Columbus hospital. One of his family's stations, WBNS-TV, reports Wolfe had battled cancer for two years. Wolfe is credited with helping bring professional hockey and soccer...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets lock up center Karlsson to two-year, $2 million deal

The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t have much cap space, but that won’t matter if they lock up their restricted free agents to sweetheart deals like the one William Karlsson has inked with the club. It was announced Thursday evening that Karlsson, 23, has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Blue Jackets, and that’s a great contract for Columbus. CapFriendly reported the...
Via The Hockey News
3 days ago

Blue Jackets' GM hedges on Finn-ished products in NHL draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) When it comes to the NHL draft, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is team first, nation second. Though he's from Finland, Kekalainen has never been a member of an NHL team's scouting staff that has selected a Finnish-born player in the first round. And that trend might extend to Friday, when the Blue Jackets have the third pick in a draft...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Columbus Blue Jackets trade their top draft pick?

Future organizational cornerstones are there for the taking in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  As front offices scramble to finalize what they’d like to do in the draft, the lingering idea of trading a top pick to acquire immediate help in the NHL is always in question. This year’s draft class is unique in the fact that there are three players who could be the No. 1 overall pick...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Hartnell agreed to waive no-move clause for several teams

Scott Hartnell’s name popped up quite a bit prior to the trade deadline, but nothing ever panned out and he closed out the season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. That may change this summer as Hartnell has reportedly agreed to waive his no-move clause for a “decent-sized list” of teams. Via According to sources, Hartnell, who has a no-move clause, has agreed...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

5 moves the Columbus Blue Jackets should make this offseason

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the middle of an important offseason. The decisions made in the next few months will impact the near and distant future of the organization. With expectations low yet again, it’s time to re-shape the team. Here are five offseason moves that would make sense for the Blue Jackets: Lock up Seth Jones long term Acquired in a blockbuster trade in...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets GM Kekalainen Back From IIHF

Bob Mcelligott sat down with Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen upon his return from the IIHF World Championships this week taking in the performance of his players including captain Nick Foligno for the United States, and forward Boone Jenner and defenceman Ryan Murray who are representing Canada. The Jackets strong presence in the World Championships is because...
Via Beyond The Benches
May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

A win for the Blue Jackets…

Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images…Jesse Puljujarvi In a season full of disappointment, the Columbus Blue Jackets scored a victory in the draft lottery selection.  The Blue Jackets were sitting in the 4th position going into the pulling of the ping pong balls. Is it not amazing how much the order a few ping pong balls can influence several different NHL organizations?  If the so...
Via The Hockey Guys
May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Is it time for the Blue Jackets to trade Sergei Bobrovsky?

What should the Columbus Blue Jackets do with Bob? The Blue Jackets long had a goalie carousel of underachievers that ended with Steve Mason imploding. Acquiring Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers for three draft picks instantly brought the team much-needed stability between the pipes. Bobrovsky joined the league’s elite netminders when he burst onto the scene in...
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May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Carrie Underwood trolls Ryan Johansen for kissing stick

Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen was caught on television kissing his hockey stick Saturday night, and one of his teammate’s wives decided to troll him mercilessly over it. That player’s wife happened to be country music star Carrie Underwood. Underwood, who is married to Predators forward Mike Fisher, tweeted several versions of the same video with different songs...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 14, 2016  |  Discuss

The NHL may change All-Star voting after John Scott

John Scott is in the All-Star Game. It’s a reality now and people are still double and triple checking that this is still taking place. While fans are enjoying the fact Scott will participate in the new 3-on-3 format, the NHL doesn’t want a situation like this to arise again which is why they are taking measures to eliminate that possibility. Elliotte Friedman broke it down...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

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