Player News - Blue Jackets

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Kevin Stenlund has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with Columbus.

He produced 13 goals and seven assists in 48 games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2016-17 campaign. Stenlund was selected in the second round (58th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft by Columbus.
May 23 - 3:28 PM

Keegan Kolesar wants to play in the NHL next season.

"If you don't have the mindset of making the NHL team, you're selling yourself short," Kolesar said. "My goal is to play in the NHL. I'm going to do everything I can this summer to make it happen." The Seattle Thunderbirds forward will compete in the Memorial Cup tournament this week. The Blue Jackets prospect recorded 31 points in 19 playoff games after he had 60 points in 54 matches during the regular season.
May 17 - 3:27 PM

Look for Sergei Bobrovsky to sit down with a sports psychologist in the off-season.

Bobrovsky has had problems performing in the post-season and the Blue Jackets want him to talk things over with a psychologist or to work on other things to get him past his perceived mental block. "Sergei is devoted to excellence," said Paul Theofanous, Bobrovsky’s agent. "Every year he looks at himself after the season and says, ‘What can I do better? What can I do smarter? How do I make myself more effective?’ He’s an incredibly driven player and person. Incredibly devoted." Bobrovsky should win the Vezina as the NHL's top goalie as he was 41-17-5 with a 2.06 GAA and a .931 save percentage. The problem has been in the playoffs.
May 14 - 7:09 AM

Vladislav Gavrikov's agent, Dan Milstein, has denied reports that his client has signed a contract with a KHL team.

He remains a free agent for now, but he is reportedly being pursued by two Russian teams as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets. A decision on where to play could come after the World Hockey Championship.
May 9 - 3:15 PM

Vladislav Gavrikov will reportedly sign a two-year contract with a KHL club.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were hoping to lure Gavrikov to North America. Columbus selected him with the 159th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The 21-year-old defenseman recorded seven points and 38 penalty minutes in 54 contests with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL in 2016-17.
May 8 - 2:41 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping that veteran Scott Hartnell waives his no-movement clause.

The Blue Jackets want to protect Josh Anderson from the expansion draft and may not be able to do so if Hartnell does not waive his rights. It is unlikely the Vegas Golden Knights would be interested in the 35-year-old but they do need to be within 60 percent of the salary floor after the draft and picking up Hartnell would help that cause. Stay tuned as Hartnell would love to stay in Columbus and chase a Stanley Cup ring. He had only 13 goals and 37 points this season, well down from the 23 goal, 49 point effort of the 2015-16 season.
May 7 - 7:47 AM

Sergei Bobrovsky has been nominated for the Hart Trophy.

Bobrovsky's competition is Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid. It's pretty rare for a goaltender to win the league's MVP award. Carey Price did it in 2015, but before him no netminder had pulled off that feat since Jose Theodore in 2002. Still, the fact that Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Hart Trophy suggests that he should win the Vezina Trophy for the second time.
May 2 - 10:08 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have extended a contract offer to Vladislav Gavrikov.

Gavrikov had seven points and 38 penalty minutes in 54 games with the KHL's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in 2016-17. His contract with Yaroslavl is over, so the Blue Jackets are hoping that he'll transition to North America now. "We think he has a very good chance, if he wants to sign with us now, to step right in and play for us," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. Columbus took him with the 159th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 2 - 10:05 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly interviewed Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito.

Buffalo is in the process of hiring a new general manager. Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Mike Futa was also recently interviewed for the job. Zito was promoted to the role of assistant general manager with Columbus in 2015 and has been a member of the Blue Jackets' organization since 2013. Before that he was a player agent with clients that included Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask, and Kimmo Timonen.
Apr 30 - 2:29 PM

Josh Anderson could end up being available for Las Vegas in the expansion draft.

"Anything can happen in the summer," Anderson said earlier this week. "I talk about this group all the time, how close it is together. It's such a young core right now. It's so close on the ice and off the ice. Obviously, I want to stay here. I want to be here a long time. Hopefully, I will be here a long time." The 6-foot-3, 221-pound forward would be an attractive player for the Golden Knights if he is left unprotected. Anderson posted 17 goals, 29 points and 89 penalty minutes in 78 games for Columbus in 2016-17. Columbus will probably do anything they can to keep him on their roster.
Apr 29 - 10:46 AM

Nick Foligno has been nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

The other two nominees are Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Calgary's Mark Giordano. The award is given "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season." Foligno and his wife have pledged $1 million dollars to split between Nationwide Childen's Hospital and Boston Children's hospital. He also formed a partnership with Papa John's Pizza to raise money for the "Janis Foligno Foundation".
Source: NHL.com
Apr 27 - 8:12 PM

John Tortorella has been selected as one of the finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

Columbus definitely exceeded expectations this year. After finishing with a 34-40-8 record in 2015-16, Tortorella helped lead the Blue Jackets to a third-place finish in the Metropolitan Division (50-24-8). Tortorella has already won the Jack Adams Award once before in 2003-04. Toronto's Mike Babcock and Edmonton's Todd McLellan are the other two finalists for the award.
Apr 26 - 7:13 PM

The 2016-17 campaign was a disappointing one for Ryan Murray.

Murray had just two goals and 11 points in 60 points this season. In addition to that he saw his playing time drop from an average of 22:51 minutes in 2015-16 to 18:20 minutes in 2016-17. The Blue Jackets are hoping that they can eventually get more out of the 2012 second overall pick. "It’s a big summer for Ryan; for him and for us," Blue Jackets president John Davidson said. "He knows it. We’ve had good talks with him. He’s had good talks with our strength and conditioning people, our doctors. He’s a good hockey player, and we’ve seen some good things from him. He’s had bad injury luck without question, but he’s going to overcome that. He’s at the age now (23) where he’s not a young pup."
Apr 25 - 10:31 AM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is hoping that Brandon Saad is more consistent in 2017-18.

"When you see his best game and his average game, there’s too big of a gap," Kekalainen said. "When he’s at his best, he can be a dominating force. We expect that 82 times a year. He knows it as well as we do." Saad had 24 goals and 53 points in 82 games this season. That's the third straight season that he's recorded either 52 or 53 points. The 24-year-old still has some untapped offensive upside left though.
Apr 25 - 10:28 AM

Markus Nutivaara will undergo hip surgery.

Nutivaara will need four months to recover from the procedure. He should be ready for training camp, but this might impact his ability to train over the summer.
Apr 24 - 6:34 PM


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