Player News - Blue Jackets

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Doyle Somerby signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 23-year-old was originally drafted in the fifth-round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Somerby just completed his four-year career at Boston University. He has one goal and two assists in 39 games in the NCAA last season. He's likely a couple of years away from making a contribution at the NHL level.
Aug 21 - 5:48 PM

Josh Anderson is still a restricted free agent.

The Blue Jackets prevented Anderson from being taken by Vegas in the expansion draft with a trade and now they have to get a contract done. Columbus also has to sign RFA Alexander Wennberg, so GM Jarmo Kekalainen still has some important work to do before the start of training camp.
Aug 11 - 2:54 PM

Alexander Wennberg isn't worried about his contract situation.

"Eventually it's going to work out," Wennberg said. "Even though I have to wait a little longer than expected, that's a part of it. But you can't really let that get to your head. Right now, I'm focusing on training and focusing on [this] season and it's going to work out. Time will tell. I'm not too stressed out about it either." The 22-year-old center has been working on getting stronger during the summer. Wennberg is a restricted free agent after completing a three-year deal worth $4.2 million. He produced career-highs in 2016-17 with 13 goals, 46 assists and 59 points in 80 games. Wennberg intends to shoot more and is projected to play with Artemi Panarin this campaign, which should push him over the 60-point mark.
Aug 10 - 4:51 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois is better prepared for NHL training camp this year.

"I want to go there this year and make the team like last year, but I think now knowing all the staff, knowing all the players, I'm not nervous anymore," Dubois told Dhiren Mahiban of IIHF.com on Saturday. "Last year, I wanted to prove I can play the 200-foot game a little too much, played too safe, whereas this year I want to go there and have fun, play my game, play how I usually play. I think one of the big things that hurt me last year is I wasn't myself at camp. ... I was playing a game that I don't usually play. This year, I'm not going to do the same mistake twice." The third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft will try to crack the Blue Jackets' roster out of training camp.
Source: Sportnet.ca
Aug 7 - 6:46 PM

Doyle Somerby is expected to test the open market as a free agent on Aug. 15.

"It almost doesn't make sense not to talk to everybody," agent Brett Peterson said. "You're drafted when you're 17 and a half with no say who picks you. If you choose to complete your college career, you have that right. That's just the way the market is. They have a lot of defensive prospects in New York. So that's how we landed at this." Somerby completed his fourth season with Boston University in 2016-17 as a stay-at-home defenseman. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder was the team's captain last year. He still could sign with the Islanders after they drafted him 125th overall in 2012, but he wants to see what else is out there.
Aug 6 - 9:29 AM

Cam Atkinson may occupy a different spot on Columbus' power play this season.

It's expected that Artemi Panarin will take Atkinson's spot at the left half-wall on the top power-play unit, but the plan could change. "Panarin has had a ton of success on that off side with his one-timer," assistant coach Brad Larsen said. "If I was going to say right now, I would say he's going to start there. Cam has done an outstanding job there and we might shift him into the middle. Again, there are going to be discussions and we haven't really gotten into it." Atkinson has tallied a team-leading 25 power-play goals over the last four seasons and he racked up 21 points on the man advantage last year. If he can't adjust to the new position then he could be moved to the second unit.
Aug 4 - 4:06 PM

John Tortorella has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

Tortorella has led the Blue Jackets to an 84-57-16 record and a .586 points percentage since he joined the team on Oct. 21, 2015. He also coached the Blue Jackets to their best season in franchise history in 2016-17 and claimed the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year.
Jul 31 - 1:13 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois is participating in the World Junior Summer Showcase with Canada.

Dubois will play for the Blue Jackets at the Traverse City prospects tournament in Michigan in September before attending training camp with Columbus. He was chosen third overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but the Jackets wanted him to continue developing in the QMJHL. "There's not only one road to success," Dubois said. "A lot of guys don't make it [to the NHL] their first try. No one wants to get cut, but the experience I had at training camp in Columbus last year was great. I got to see a lot of systems and meet a lot of the new players and staff. When I return this year, it's not going to be new."
Jul 31 - 12:29 PM

Jack Johnson is eager to get going this year after Columbus had a short playoff appearance on the heels of a superb regular season.

"I want to win. I just finished my 10th year, and my 11th year I want to win," said Johnson. "I hope every guy is taking the summer seriously, training and getting ready because whether you finished first in the regular season or snuck into the playoffs, if you lose in game five of the first round that's just not enough. So I'm definitely chomping at the bit, excited for next season because I'm excited every year." The Blue Jackets defender also stated that the Brandon Saad trade was tough for him because they were close friends, but he is looking forward to having Artemi Panarin as a teammate. Additionally, Johnson liked the stability of having one partner on the back end, David Savard, for the entire campaign.
Jul 30 - 9:40 AM

Andrew Peeke, who was selected by Columbus in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft, will play in his second season at Notre Dame this year.

Peeke has exceeded the expectations of Blue Jackets development coach Chris Clark. He produced 14 points in 40 games last season, while earning a spot on the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. "They told me to keep working on my skating and to keep working on my shot, getting the quick release as a defenseman," said Peeke. He is a good blend of size and speed from the back end.
Jul 28 - 12:22 PM

Oliver Bjorkstrand hopes to stay with the Blue Jackets for the entire year in 2017-18.

"That's my main focus this year, and I believe I'm ready to take that next step and really have an impact on the team, and hopefully I can help win some games," said Bjorkstrand. "As far as personal goals I don't have any. Obviously I want to score goals and all of that, but my first focus is to make the team and help the team out in any way I can." He contributed six goals and seven assists in 26 games last season. Bjorkstrand has generated 21 points in 38 matches at the NHL level over the past two years. He could start the upcoming campaign on the third line, but has the talent to move up so he is worth monitoring.
Jul 27 - 4:45 PM

John Tortorella is entering the final season of his five-year, $10 million contract.

The Blue Jackets have only been paying $750,000 of that annually with the rest being covered by the team that originally signed Tortorella to that deal, the Vancouver Canucks. Given that Tortorella just won the Jack Adams Award for the second time and that coaching salaries have been rising dramatically in recent years, Tortorella could end up getting a big pay bump.
Jul 16 - 5:49 AM

Jaime Sifers has inked a two-year AHL contract with the Utica Comets.

The Comets are affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks. The 34-year-old defenseman will provide Utica with a veteran presence that might help Vancouver's young blueliners. He has two assists in 37 career NHL games.
Jul 14 - 6:51 AM

Andre Benoit has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Benoit had six goals and 24 points in 52 Swedish league games in 2016-17. The 33-year-old defenseman has appeared in 181 career NHL contests and has scored 11 goals and 48 points over that span.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 3:44 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Cameron Gaunce to a two-year/two-way contract.

It's a depth move by the Blue Jackets as Gaunce has been a fringe NHLer at best. He had a goal and four points in 10 games last season.
Jul 1 - 2:26 PM


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