Player News - Blue Jackets

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Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has no intention of trying to tinker with Artemi Panarin's game.

The Blue Jackets acquired Panarin from Chicago on Friday as part of a blockbuster trade. Adding Panarin gives the Blue Jackets' a top-level offensive threat as he's breached the 70-point mark in back-to-back campaigns. Tortorella feels that he's too good of a player already to try to alter and he plans to let Panarin simply play his game, potentially on a line with Alexander Wennberg.
Jun 23 - 6:17 PM

Alex Broadhurst has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Broadhurst had 11 goals and 25 points in 52 AHL contests in 2016-17. The 24-year-old forward has yet to play in the NHL.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 23 - 3:13 PM

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Jordan Schroeder from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Dante Salituro.

Schroeder was taken with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but he didn't develop as hoped. He had six goals and 13 points in 37 contests with Minnesota in 2016-17. The Wild were reportedly on the fence about giving him a qualifying offer, so it makes sense that they'd trade him away now.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 23 - 1:44 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Tyler Motte from Chicago.

Motte had 10 goals and 16 points in 43 AHL contests in 2016-17. With Chicago he had four goals and seven points in 33 games. Prior to going pro, the now 22-year-old scored 32 goals and 56 points in 38 contests with the University of Michigan in 2015-16.
Jun 23 - 12:40 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, and a 2017 sixth-round pick in exchange for Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, and a 2018 fifth-round selection.

Panarin, 25, made the transition from the KHL to NHL in 2015-16 and was an immediate success. In two seasons with Chicago he scored a combined 61 goals and 151 points in 162 contests. He did play heavily with Patrick Kane so it will be interesting to see if separating the two now will hurt Panarin's production, but the Blue Jackets are getting a high-end offensive threat regardless.
Jun 23 - 12:35 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky is the winner of the Vezina Trophy.

This is the second time that Bobrovsky has claimed the award after he previously won it for his work in the 2013 lockout shortened season. The last goalie to win this award multiple times was Tim Thomas in 2009 and then again in 2011. Bobrovsky posted a 2.06 GAA and .931 save percentage in 63 starts last season en route to a 41-17-5 record. He claimed 25 first place votes, beating out 2015-16 winner Braden Holtby, who got four first place votes.
Jun 21 - 10:13 PM

John Tortorella was named the Jack Adams Award winner.

The Jack Adams Award goes to the season's top head coach. This is the second time that Tortorella has won the award, making him the first repeat winner since Jacques Lemaire. Tortorella is being honored for guiding the Blue Jackets to a 50-24-8 record, which is the best in their franchise history. It's also a 32-point jump from their finish in 2015-16.
Jun 21 - 9:32 PM

Columbus has a deal with Vegas to steer them away from picking Josh Anderson, Joonas Korpisalo and Jack Johnson in the expansion draft.

It's believed that the Golden Knights will receive a first-round draft pick (No. 24 overall) and a prospect who isn't Pierre-Luc Dubois or Sonny Milano. Vegas is expected to select either Matt Calvert or William Karlsson, while taking David Clarkson's contract as well.
Jun 21 - 2:48 PM

Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno was named the winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

The King Clancy Award is given "to the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community," while the Messier Award is presented "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season." This season, Foligno and his family committed $1 million to the Nationwide Children's Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital.
Jun 20 - 8:16 PM

After the Blue Jackets struggled in 2015-16, Nick Foligno's leadership was questioned by coach John Tortorella and now the Columbus captain is a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

Foligno and the Jackets got back on track this past campaign. "Two years ago, I took everything on myself, and I wasn't playing well enough to justify getting on guys," he said. "I had to get selfish, so to speak. I had to take care of myself first, and let my game justify being the leader I always knew I could be." Foligno registered 26 goals and 51 points in 79 contests, while helping Columbus post the fourth-best record in the league.
Jun 20 - 2:53 PM

Jack Johnson was left exposed for the expansion draft by Columbus on Sunday.

Though some insiders believe the Jackets have a deal in place with the Golden Knights, the 30-year-old could find himself on the move with his $4.4 million cap hit. Columbus' defense core hit their stride this season and were a team strength; losing Johnson would certainly sting.
Jun 19 - 12:39 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have protected Ryan Murray in the expansion draft.

The Blue Jackets have been rumored to have made a trade with Vegas and Murray could still be on his way there. The protected list for the Blue Jackets is as follows: Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Scott Hartnell, Boone Jenner, Brandon Saad, Alexander Wennberg, Seth Jones, David Savard and Sergei Bobrovsky as well as Murray. Josh Anderson and Lauri Korpikoski lead the way as far as unprotected players are concerned but the proposed deal would save the Jackets from losing them.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:00 AM

John Tortorella and the Columbus Blue Jackets have started talking about a contract extension.

Tortorella's contract will expire at the end of next season and look for the Adams Trophy finalist to command more than $2 million per season. "(Tortorella) needs to want to extend with us," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We’re hoping he does. We certainly want to. He did a great job for us, together with his coaching staff. I don’t ever want to pin it on just him; he has a great staff helping him out. There’s no coach in the world, in my opinion, who can coach a team well without any good players. We have some great young talent, and I think he can bring our team to the next level. So hopefully we get it done."
Jun 18 - 8:38 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly prepared to send the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and a prospect to the Vegas Golden Knights.

In exchange Vegas would be limited to picking one of Ryan Murray, Matt Calvert, or William Karlsson from Columbus in the expansion draft. That would mean that the Blue Jackets wouldn't lose a more valuable player like Jack Johnson, David Savard, or Josh Anderson. Murray would be an intriguing pick for Vegas. He was the second overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but only recorded 11 points in 60 contests last season. Perhaps a change of scenery would help him get his career back on track.
Jun 17 - 4:14 AM

Scott Hartnell reportedly hasn't been told of any plans to buy out his contract.

Columbus didn't ask Hartnell to waive his no-movement clause either, so it looks like the Blue Jackets are comfortable using a spot on their protected list on Hartnell. That might be a sign that Columbus and Vegas has already worked out a trade that would guarantee that the Golden Knights are taking a specific player in exchange for some compensation.
Jun 15 - 4:31 PM


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