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Curtis McElhinney won't give up his roster spot without a fight.

"Plain and clear, I want my job back," said McElhinney. "I don’t take kindly to what happened last season." He backed that up with a 29-save performance in Columbus' 3-2 shootout victory against Boston on Monday. McElhinney ran into injury troubles last season and left plenty to be desired when he was healthy which has left him vulnerable to Joonas Korpisalo or Anton Forsberg taking his roster spot.
Sep 27 - 5:22 AM

Sam Gagner, looking for a new start with the Blue Jackets, opened his preseason Monday night in impressive fashion.

Gagner, who was signed to a one-year contract by the Blue Jackets in the off-season. picked up an assist and scored in the shootout to help Columbus beat the Boston Bruins 3-2. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves on 31 shots for the Blue Jackets. Forward Sonny Milano scored for the Blue Jackets. Forward Jimmy Hayes scored for Boston, while goalie Anton Khudobin made 11 saves on 13 shots in two periods.
Sep 26 - 11:19 PM

Zach Werenski (groin) took part in Monday's practice.

Werenski missed the start of training camp due to the ailment. He had 11 goals and 26 points in 36 NCAA contests with the University of Michigan last season.
Sep 26 - 2:02 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois was a minus-two in his NHL pre-season debut.

The third overall pick in the 2016 Draft played center between Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner in a 5-0 loss to St. Louis. "I just want to watch him play," head coach John Tortorella said. "It’s not looking for any one particular thing. He’s going to get a chance to play. I think he’s going to feel better as the camp goes along. We’re going to let him play and see if there’s a chance at the end of camp that he’s in our lineup. We cannot force-feed that." Dubois could make the team out of camp but it would likely make the most sense to give him a taste of the NHL and send him back to junior where he can dominate and play for Canada at the World Juniors. Stay tuned.
Sep 26 - 7:13 AM

Scott Hartnell started the pre-season off on the right foot with two goals and an assist in Columbus' 7-3 loss against St. Louis on Sunday.

Hartnell and Sam Gagner combined to generate all of the Jackets' offense, with the duo earning three points each. The 34-year-old managed 49 points last season and will look to prove he can still break 50 points as he ages.
Sep 25 - 7:15 PM

Oliver Bjorkstrand looks like a lock to make the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

That being said, you never know what is going on in the head of head coach John Tortorella. Bjorkstrand was taken in the third round of the 2013 Draft and has been on an upward trend ever since. He had four goals and eight points in 12 NHL games last season and was a huge part of the Lake Erie Monsters climb to the Calder Cup as he was named MVP off his 10 goals, including five in the final three games. Look for a 40 point-plus season from Bjorkstrand and draft him in most keeper leagues.
Sep 25 - 6:57 AM

Josh Anderson has an excellent opportunity to make the Columbus Blue Jackets out of training camp.

The winger played mostly in the minors last season but managed 12 games with the big club and had a goal and four points. The Blue Jackets no longer should have David Clarkson and Jared Boll was an off-season buyout so Anderson has a great chance of making the team out of camp. The 22-year-old had 18 goals and 39 points in 58 games but shone in the post-season with seven goals and 12 points in 15 games as the Monsters won the Calder Cup. Look for Anderson to get 20-25 points this season and thusly is not fantasy worthy.
Sep 25 - 6:53 AM

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 42 shots in Russia's 5-3 loss to Team Canada in the semifinal of the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday night.

Bobrovsky simply did not get much help from the defense for most of the night as the majority of the play was at his end of the rink. By the end of the second period, he had faced twice as many shots as Canadian netminder Carey Price. He gave Russia a chance, as the game was tied 2-2 after two, but Canada poured it on in the third and scored three more times. Bobrovsky made his most dramatic stop less than a minute into the third when he grabbed a rocket by Brad Marchand with a sliding glove save. Unfortunately, Marchand scored less than 30 seconds later on a second shot and then four minutes, 32 seconds later Bobrovsky gave up the game-winning goal to Corey Perry.
Sep 24 - 10:44 PM

Zach Werenski, who is nursing a lower body injury, is expected to return to practice on Tuesday.

Great news for both the youngster and the Blue Jackets, who are both fully invested in seeing his talents blossom as soon as possible.
Source: Rob Mixer
Sep 24 - 8:55 PM

Following ankle surgery at the end of last season, David Savard reports that he's back to full strength.

That's huge, if true. Savard proved himself to be a top-four defender with his 11-goal and 36 point season in 2013-14, but only managed four goals and 25 points last season. Heading into his age-26 season, both he and Columbus need to know if his talents lie closer to his 11-goal or four-goal campaign.
Source: Rob Mixer
Sep 24 - 8:52 PM

Sergei Bobrovski will tend Russia's net against Canada in Saturday's semi-final.

Bobrovksi turned away 91 of 96 shots during all three games of the round robin, including a 21-save shutout over Finland to secure Russia's ticket to tonight's match. The last time he lost was against Canada however, where he stopped 45 of 48.
Source: Tom Gulitti
Sep 24 - 6:37 PM

Matt Calvert is going into the 2016-17 campaign as the longest tenured member with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Calvert made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2010-11 and has gone on to log 282 career games. Jared Boll and Fedor Tyutin had both been with Columbus for longer, but the Blue Jackets bought out their contracts. "We have a lot of older guys from other teams (in the dressing room)," Calvert said. "It’s not like I’m walking around trying to boss those guys around. Is Cam (Atkinson) second? We’ve been chirping Hartsy (Scott Hartnell) about how long we’ve been around the team, even though he’s got 1,100 games, or whatever it is."
Sep 24 - 6:04 AM

Scott Hartnell has reactivated his no-movement clause.

Hartnell agreed to waive it two months ago, but with training camp underway he contacted Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen to inform him that he would no longer accept a trade. "I put it to rest with Jarmo," Hartnell said. "I said I'm coming back and I'm not having this over my head during training camp and the first month of the season. I have a no-move for a reason, and it's there for me now. (Kekalainen) had the opportunity and trade me and things didn't work out." Hartnell is playing through a six-year, $28.5 million deal that will expire in 2019. He had 23 goals, 49 points, and 112 penalty minutes in 79 contests in 2015-16.
Sep 23 - 10:36 AM

Aaron Palushaj has inked a PTO with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Palushaj had 11 goals and 28 points in 57 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 27-year-old forward is a veteran of 68 NHL games, but he hasn't played at that level since the 2013-14 campaign.
Sep 23 - 10:30 AM

Sergei Bobrovsky earned a 21-save shutout as Russia topped Finland 3-0 Thursday afternoon.

Finland's offense had been an ongoing problem throughout this tournament and Bobrovsky wasn't inclined to help them. Bobrovsky has now stopped 91 of 96 shots in three World Cup contests. He's expected to start again on Saturday against Canada.
Sep 22 - 5:46 PM


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