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Oscar Dansk stepped up in the 2014 Traverse City rookie tournament.

Dansk had a 2.40 GAA and .925 save percentage to help Columbus win the tournament. We don't want to read too much into prospect games, but it's still a positive for him after he struggled in this tournament last year.
Sep 17 - 7:56 AM

Josh Anderson led the Columbus Blue Jackets to the 2014 Traverse City title.

Anderson, had three game-winning goals in the four contest rookie tournament, including an overtime marker in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 victory over Dallas on Tuesday. Fellow Columbus prospects Marko Dano and Kerby Rychel each finished the four-game tournament with three goals and six points. Oliver Bjorkstrand also had four goals and two assists for Columbus. Ryan Johansen is still a restricted free agent, which might cause some of the Jackets' prospects might play bigger roles in the preseason than they were originally penciled in for.
Sep 17 - 7:54 AM

Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson had some choice words for Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.

Davidson openly questioned whether Overhardt's contract demands were actually in the best interest of his client, referring to his negotiating tactics as "extortion". The Blue Jackets president added to his criticism, asking "I wonder if the agent is going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out?" Forced to plan for life without their number one center, Columbus is prepared to make some lineup changes to fill the void. "We’ve got Boone Jenner who can move to the middle. We’ve got (Brandon) Dubinsky, who can move up a spot," Davidson said. "Nothing changes for us (if Johansen’s not there). We’re not a team that has to get on our knees to beg people to play for us. It’s not going to happen." Owners of Johansen in keeper leagues can't be pleased by how this is going.
Sep 16 - 10:11 PM

Sonny Milano (facial fractures) is feeling good considering.

"I feel like I could play pretty soon," Milano said. "That's not going to happen, but it's feeling like it's only going to be a couple of weeks." Milano sustained the injury on Friday during a rookie game and was held out of the rest of the tournament. He's not expected to make the Blue Jackets' opening game roster.
Sep 16 - 10:16 AM

Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen plainly stated that his team isn't willing to spend "franchise-type money" on Ryan Johansen yet.

Johansen is a restricted free agent and at this point in danger of missing the start of training camp. Despite that, Kekalainen is taking a hard line with the talented young forward. "Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever," Kekalainen said. "To me, it's huge that you go through training camp together and get ready. When training camp starts, that's it. After that, the focus is on the guys who are there on tryouts or guys who are under contract. That's it. That will be the only focus." He's probably gambling on the idea that Johansen will cave rather than risk missing playing time at this stage of his career. That's risky, but Kekalainen does have a point. Johansen had 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season, but he was far worse in his previous years and while his talent isn't in question, it's reasonable to want him to prove that he can stay at that level before giving him a big contract.
Sep 16 - 10:13 AM

Flyers chairman Ed Snider said that Sergei Bobrovsky was dealt by Philadelphia because at the time, it didn't look like they could re-sign him.

Then Flyers GM Paul Holmgren dealt Bobrovsky to Columbus in 2012 for a second round pick and two fourth round selections. That trade looks particularly bad for Philadelphia given that Bobrovsky has had two great seasons with Columbus and has won the Vezina Trophy. Of course, the reason the Flyers dealt him was directly tied to Ilya Bryzgalov's nine-year, $51 million contract with Philadelphia. "Not only did we make a mistake on the long-term contract, but Bobrovksy's a young guy and he told Paul, 'As soon as my contract's out, I'm out of here,'" Snider said. Bobrovsky would have been a restricted free agent, but he threatened to go to the KHL if it came to that. The Flyers later bought out Bryzgalov's contract.
Sep 15 - 6:01 AM

It seems very likely at this point that Ryan Johansen will miss the start of training camp.

Of course, nothing is set in stone, but the fact that Johansen is still a restricted free agent in mid-September is a very bad sign. Sooner or later, we have to believe either the Blue Jackets or Johansen will concede, but with every passing day, the danger of this impacting Johansen's season increases. Missing part or all of training camp could cause Johansen to start the season off on the wrong foot and in a worst case scenario, that could have a snowballing effect. Of course, that's only one possibility, but the risk associated with having Johansen on your fantasy team increases with every day he goes unsigned despite the likelihood that Johansen will not miss too much of the regular season, if any at all, due to this impasse.
Sep 15 - 5:30 AM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen offered a roadmap to success to his abundant pool of skilled prospects currently playing in the rookie tournament, stressing the need to play with heart.

"I want to see them play Blue Jackets hockey," Kekalainen said. "I want to see them play with heart, play with desire and a really good work ethic. That’s what we want from these players... courage, poise and all those things." The Jackets' hardworking identity was on display in last year's playoffs, when they pushed the highly favored Penguins to Game 6. Columbus will continue to build towards a blue-collar, ferocious lineup, and there are spots up for grabs for rookies to work for.
Sep 14 - 1:07 PM

Alexander Wennberg could make the opening night roster of the Columbus Blue Jackets, especially if Ryan Johansen has not signed.

Johansen is the wild card as he is a restricted free agent and wants $6.5 million per season while the Blue Jackets are offering $3.5 million at this time. Wennberg was drafted 14th overall in the 2013 Draft and spent last season in his native Sweden where he had 15 goals and 21 points in 50 games with Frolunda of the SEL. He is extremely flexible in that he can play on the top two or bottom two lines and perform well as he is an all-round player. Stay tuned.
Sep 14 - 7:37 AM

Oscar Dansk was outstanding as he turned aside 31 shots in a 5-3 Columbus win over Detroit at Traverse City.

The Blue Jackets are quite high on Dansk who was the first pick of the second round in the 2012 Draft but many thought he was the top goalie available. Dansk came across the pond from Sweden last season and played 42 games with Erie of the OHL where he was 29-9-1 with a 2.39 GAA and a .909 save percentage. Look for the 20-year-old to get his feet wet as a professional this season in the minors.
Sep 14 - 7:26 AM

Rookie Sonny Milano (face) will miss the rest of the prospects tournament in Traverse City according to Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson.

Milano was knocked face first into the boards in the opening game Friday and suffered some minor facial fractures. "It’s a very minor, small fracture which is good news," Davidson said. "There is no surgery required for him. When you think of a time frame, it's really hard to tell. He will miss a little bit of time, but not a lot of time - it all depends on how it heals. He's going to come back to Columbus with us (after the tournament), he'll see our doctors there, and we'll take it from there." Milano is highly regarded as he was drafted 16th overall in the 2014 draft. He should play for Plymouth of the OHL this season.
Sep 13 - 8:59 PM

After he got banged up a bit on Friday to begin Traverse City competition, the Columbus Blue Jackets are exercising caution with Sonny Milano.

That could be a good idea from a bigger picture development perspective, too. The first-rounder opted for junior instead of the NCAA either by Columbus' recommendation or his own accord, so it might not be that long before he at least attempts to make an NHL impact. Columbus should avoid rushing him, though.
Sep 13 - 3:06 PM

While it doesn't sound like much progress has been made - Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is leaving discussions to his assistant - at least the Ryan Johansen contract talks have resumed.

He scored more goals (33) and points (63) in the 2013-14 season than he had in his previous two seasons combined, so it's easy to see why there's an impasse. At 22, missing a training camp or even a few regular season games wouldn't be ideal, but at least consider a slow start a possibility when pondering the up-and-coming Blue Jackets forward.
Sep 13 - 12:37 PM

Kerby Rychel excelled in the Jackets' Traverse City prospects tournament opener, notching a goal and three assists during the team's 6-4 win over Minnesota Wild prospects on Friday.

"I thought I did some good things, but there's obviously room for improvement," Rychel said. "When you're off for three or four months, you feel the rust, for sure - but it was a good start for the boys." The teenage sharpshooter was the 19th overall pick in the 2003 draft, and is hungry to fight for a roster spot on the NHL squad.
Sep 12 - 9:19 PM

Sonny Milano was injured in Friday's Traverse City rookie tournament opener as the youngster took a stick to the mouth, left the game and did not return.

Springfield Falcons coach Jared Bednar said Milano went for further evaluation after the game, as reports from the arena suggest the 18 year old was in a significant amount of pain. We will keep you posted on the severity of Milano's injury. The Masapequa, NY native was the Jackets' first round pick from June's draft.
Sep 12 - 7:53 PM

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