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The Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled in the first two months of the season during all four years of Todd Richards reign behind the bench.

"I’ve been here four years," Richards said. "And, really, in all four years, we’ve ended up at the bottom (of the conference or league) after two months of the season. One year, we dug ourselves out (2013-14). The other year, we almost got out of it (2013). The other two, (2012-13 and 2014-15) we weren’t able to. I think it’s our attitude, our approach. There were some things that happened this year — the injuries — and they had a devastating effect. That is the reality. But we have to find a way to not have the major dips. We might have injuries next season. We have to find a way to stay afloat. We started to get back to the surface, and we got our heads above the surface, but it wasn’t enough." The 2015-16 start to the season should be interesting for the Blue Jackets.
Apr 26 - 7:22 AM

Markus Hannikainen has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with Columbus.

He attended development camp with the Blue Jackets and registered 46 points in 60 games with JyP HT Jyvaskyla of the SM-liiga this past season.
Apr 20 - 5:23 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have officially signed an affiliation agreement with the Lake Erie Monsters.

The Monsters play in Cleveland, compared to the Blue Jackets' old affiliate, which played in Springfield, Massachusetts. This change will make things easier on the Blue Jackets as their AHL affiliate will be closer to home. "The Blue Jackets couldn't be more excited and proud to have the Lake Erie Monsters as our American Hockey League affiliate," said Davidson. "Both organizations are committed to winning and providing a great experience for hockey fans and we believe Cleveland, whose hockey roots date to the late-1920s, is the perfect place for our young players to grow, develop and have great success. Our sport has grown tremendously throughout the state of Ohio in recent years and we believe this partnership between two great hockey markets will allow us to continue that growth."
Apr 17 - 12:48 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will reportedly move their AHL affiliate to Cleveland for the 2015-16 campaign.

To do that, the Blue Jackets would take the Lake Erie Monsters, which was affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche in 2014-15, under it's umbrella. Columbus' current affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, would become affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes instead. The benefit for the Blue Jackets is obvious as these alterations make geographical sense for them.
Apr 17 - 10:46 AM

David Savard will suit up for Canada in the World Hockey Championships.

Savard is one of only two players on the Canadian roster who does not already possess international experience, but after submitting the best season of his career, it's not as though his place on the team isn't warranted.
Apr 14 - 9:47 PM

Jeremy Morin has been named to Team USA for May's World Championships being played in the Czech Republic.

It was a difficult season for the 23 year old Morin, who saw just 43 combined games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets, accumulating just a pair of goals and six points during that time. He's played just 82 NHL games since debuting in 2010-11 with Chicago, posting 10 goals and 22 points with 69 PIMs. While he did accumulate 145 games of international experience through ages 16-19, the men's games is simply a different animal than the "boys'".
Source: USA Hockey
Apr 14 - 7:48 PM

Mike Reilly isn't likely to sign before May 10th at the earliest.

That's because Reilly still has classes with the University of Minnesota through May 9. Reilly is currently considered a Blue Jackets' prospect, but he can become an unrestricted free agent on June 9 and might simply opt to wait out the clock. That would be a big blow to the Blue Jackets as Reilly was a Hobey Baker finalist with 42 points in 39 games.
Apr 14 - 11:01 AM

The Columbus Blue Jacket players think it's time to have a team captain again.

The last captain was Rick Nash who was dealt in 2012. "What it does is allow one guy to have coaches talk to, to have management come down and talk to," leading scorer Nick Foligno said. "It’s a guy that really has the heartbeat of the team in mind. I think that’s really good. That’s why every team has one. We were in such a transition period, I don’t think we really needed one the past three years. But now we’re on to that next phase where we know what type of team we are, and I think it’s important to have a captain who can exemplify that each and every night. It is a guy you can turn to and know he is going to lead us for a lot of years. I know there is a guy in that (dressing) room that can do that." Foligno would be one of the favorites if the team chose to have a captain again.
Apr 13 - 6:55 AM

Brandon Dubinsky lost four teeth on Saturday when he took a high stick to his mouth.

It was a tough year injury-wise for Dubinsky who started the season on the injured list after undergoing abdominal surgery at the start of the season. He played in only 47 games with 13 goals and 36 points, so he should be fairly high on your fantasy board next season if you think he can remain healthy.
Apr 13 - 5:37 AM

Mark Letestu wants to return to the Columbus Blue Jackets next season.

The versatile center is not interested in getting to free agency and although there have been no contract negotiations of late, Letestu hopes he can re-sign. "The culture here has changed; the bar has been raised," Letestu said. "We’re not here to be lovable losers. It’s nice to be the guys who won’t quit, I supposed, but we want to be winners. Hopefully what happened this season pushes and motivates guys all summer. The standard has gone up. We want to get back to the playoffs, get back to the dance." Letestu finished the season with only seven goals and 13 points in 54 games, far off his career high 34 points last season.
Apr 12 - 7:03 AM

Scott Hartnell got a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets’ 5-4 shootout win against the Islanders on Saturday night.

The Islanders were 1:35 away from earning home ice for at least the first round of the playoffs when Hartnell scored to tie up the game at three. Hartnell, who also received a minor penalty, assisted Alexander Wennberg’s goal earlier in the frame. Overall, he had 28 goals, 60 points and 100 penalty minutes. Cam Atkinson and Brandon Dubinsky picked up the other markers.
Apr 11 - 10:43 PM

Curtis McElhinney made 48 saves in the Blue Jackets’ 5-4 shootout win against the Islanders on Saturday night.

McElhinney made up for all the time in between starts — he hadn’t gotten into a game since March 18 — with all the action in this one. He’s still nothing more than a backup. McElhinney had a 2.88 goals-against average and .914 save percentage this season.
Apr 11 - 10:42 PM

Jared Boll and Corey Tropp will be scratched from Saturday's season finale with the New York Islanders

Boll has two more seasons with a cap hit of $1.7M, and with the Blue Jackets not wanting to miss the playoffs again, there's been talk of potentially moving him out to free up space for a scorer. Either way, Boll finishes the season with 109 PIMs and 131 hits over 72 games this season, while Tropp has recorded 76 PIMs and 80 hits over his 61 games.
Apr 11 - 6:20 PM

Kevin Connauton will return to Columbus' blue line against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Through 53 games with Columbus, Connauton has score nine goals and 18 points to go along with 44 blocks and 74 hits. He's expected to pair with Cody Goloubef to form their second unit.
Apr 11 - 6:06 PM

Ryan Murray and Justin Falk will be scratched against the New York Islanders in the season's finale on Saturday.

No, Murray isn't hurt again. This was planned. Through 12 sporadic games this seaosn, Murray posted a goal, three points, eight penalty minutes, and 11 blocks. In 78 career games he has five goals, 24 points, 18 PIMs, and 108 hits.
Apr 11 - 6:04 PM

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