Player News - Blue Jackets

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Dante Salituro has inked a three-year, entry-level deal worth $925K per season with Buffalo.

Salituro had 38 goals and 83 points in 65 games with the OHL's Ottawa 67's in 2015-16. He was an undrafted free agent prospect.
Jul 1 - 2:59 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets plan on buying out Jared Boll.

To do that, Boll has been placed on waivers. "Over the past 10 years, Jared Boll has been an impact player for the Columbus Blue Jackets on the ice and one of our best ambassadors in the community and for that we are extremely thankful," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "Everyone here has great respect and affection for Jared and wish him well. This decision was a difficult one, but one that we believe is in the best interest of our club at this time." This will save Columbus about $1.1 million in cap space in 2016-17, but cost them a little over $566K in 2017-18.
Jun 30 - 12:46 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois has agreed to an entry-level contract with Columbus, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

The Blue Jackets haven't announced the signing yet, but they did make the signing of Seth Jones official on Wednesday. Dubois was the third overall pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 29 - 6:13 PM

Seth Jones has inked a six-year contract with Columbus worth $32.4 million.

The 21-year-old defenseman's new deal has an annual average value of $5.4 million. Jones registered 20 points in 41 games with the Blue Jackets after he was acquired from Nashville in the Ryan Johansen trade.
Jun 29 - 10:34 AM

Columbus is reportedly close to signing an extension with Seth Jones, according to a source.

Cap space is tight for the Blue Jackets, but locking up the young defenseman is a top priority for the team. Jones was acquired from Nashville in the Ryan Johansen trade last season.
Jun 29 - 10:22 AM

Pierre-Luc Dubois is expected to play with Cape Breton of the QMJHL in 2016-17.

However, he doesn't think he is far away from joining the NHL and making an impact once he gets there. "I can play all three forward positions," Dubois said. "I can add depth at first. In the long run I think I can be a top talent on the team." He describes himself as a late bloomer, who got better over the course of the season. He also excelled at center, which is where Columbus hopes to use him after he was chosen third overall at the 2016 NHL Draft. Comparisons to Jesse Puljujarvi, who went fourth to Edmonton, are sure to follow but Dubois said it won't be part of his focus.
Jun 28 - 6:13 PM

Sonny Milano's name came up in a possible trade at the draft, but nothing ended up materializing and he is still a member of the Blue Jackets organization.

"I saw that," Milano said. "I was just waiting. Everybody was tweeting me and calling me, telling me I was traded. I guess it was just rumors. I read stuff where (the club said) it was just talk like that." The 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft played for Lake Erie of the AHL in 2015-16 and he posted 31 points in 54 contests. Milano also had one assist in three appearances with Columbus.
Jun 28 - 4:32 PM

Paul Bittner (hip) has been cleared for contact.

He underwent hip surgery in March so the Blue Jackets won't push him too hard during development camp this week. Bittner skated with the goaltenders on Monday. He was the 38th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Jun 27 - 1:01 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets think they have a nice prospect in Scott Harrington.

Harrington was dealt to the Blue Jackets Saturday from Toronto for Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old played 15 games for Toronto after he was a piece in the Phil Kessel trade to Pittsburgh. Defensemen usually take longer to develop so at age 23, Harrington could be on track to claim a bottom pairing job in Columbus. "(Harrington) is steady, smart, he's a good defender," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He competes. He has character. Those are the things we really like about him. He has good size. We've liked him for a while." Harrington has no fantasy value and will likely be no better than a fifth or sixth defenseman on the Jackets.
Jun 26 - 7:00 AM

Scott Harrington has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Leafs obtained Kerby Rychel in the deal and the Blue Jackets will get a fifth-round draft pick if Harrington is put on waivers and he is claimed by another team. If he clears then the condition isn't fulfilled. Harrington played in 15 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and 17 with the team's AHL affiliate.
Jun 25 - 2:25 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois became a better player once he moved from left wing to center.

The change took place around Christmas and Dubois' stock took off then. "He showed us that he has tremendous hockey sense in slowly moving to center," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He could play wing for us. He could play center for us. But I think we see him as a future centerman, and we see a lot of potential in him being able to play both." It was a happy birthday for Dubois who turned 18 on Draft Day. He will likely get a long look-see with the Blue Jackets but do not be surprised if he is sent back to Cape Breton eventually next season. He is worth picking up only in dynasty leagues at this point.
Jun 25 - 8:05 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have taken Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick.

There was plenty of speculation that Columbus could trade this pick and that they weren't enamored with Jesse Puljujarvi, but going with Dubois is still a bit surprising based on the rankings. However, they have a strong prospect in Pierre-Luc Dubois, who followed up his 10-goal, 45-point campaign in 2014-15 with a 45-goal and 99-point campaign as an 18-year-old. Already 6'2" and 200 lbs, Dubois dazzles with his ability to command the ice by proactively looking for passing and shooting lanes. He’s drawn favorable comparisons to Anze Kopitar as an ideal No. 1 center, though there’s debate as to Dubois’ actual defensive prowess. Be that as it may, his versatility and refined toolbox make him a tantalizingly mature forward who can play both center and wing.
Jun 24 - 7:38 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets might trade down from the No. 3 pick.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen doesn't want to trade out of the top-10 though. "We're getting some serious and real offers right now," Kekalainen said. "We're making sure we have them all lined up so that we can compare them and see what the best one is and whether it's worth consideration. I've talked to every team in the top 10. We've got their interest in what they want to do. We have a pretty good idea for what everybody's intentions are, what it might take and what they might offer if they want to move up to three." If there's a trade for the No. 3 pick, it's likely to happen after the first two selections are already done.
Jun 24 - 8:50 AM

William Karlsson has signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Karlsson had nine goals and 20 points in 81 contests in 2015-16. The 23-year-old is coming off of his entry-level contract and this deal has the potential to be a bridge towards a more long-term contract if he continues to develop.
Jun 23 - 4:25 PM

John Tortorella was happy to land assistant coach Brad Shaw.

"We went through a really good process of interviewing guys; our two minor-league guys we talked to also," said Tortorella. "When Shawsy became available, he was a guy I zeroed in on. Jarmo and I went through the process together, but he allowed me to kind of get in front of it here as far as who I wanted. When Army (Blues GM Doug Armstrong) gave them permission to start looking (for jobs throughout the NHL) … as soon as (Shaw) called me, I got with Jarmo and said we have to put this guy at the head of the list." Shaw had been with St. Louis for each of the last nine seasons.
Jun 19 - 9:46 AM


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