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As expected, Nick Foligno is honored to be the new captain of the Blue Jackets.

"Any time you're named captain of an NHL team, it's something you dream about," Foligno said. "To have this be a reality with a team I care so much about, it's a huge honor. You can't become a leader unless you have respect in the room. It's come naturally and I really enjoy the group we have." His father, Mike, was captain of the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons. Nick feels ready for the responsibility, but he said wearing the "C" won't change him as a player.
May 21 - 3:12 PM

Nick Foligno has been selected as the Columbus Blue Jackets' captain.

He's the sixth player to wear the 'C' in the franchise's history. He's inheriting the role from Rick Nash as Columbus hasn't had a captain since 2012. "He's ready for this next step," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "We faced lots of adversity, and leaders become visible in moments like that." Foligno is coming off of a breakout campaign where he scored 31 goals and 73 points in 79 games.
May 20 - 11:09 AM

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch wouldn't be shocked if Kerby Rychel is traded.

That's a follow up to Elliotte Friedman's report that the Blue Jackets are shopping Rychel as they looks to upgrade their defense. Rychel is a former first round pick with plenty of promise, so his presence on the trade market will likely attract a good amount of attention. Montreal in particular has been brought up as a possible destination.
May 20 - 10:51 AM

Nick Foligno is expected to be named the sixth captain in franchise history for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, and the first since trading away then-captain Rick Nash three seasons ago.

Earlier in the week, coach Todd Richards spoke about the subject of finally having a captain, "we’ve been a very young team for three seasons now, and we’ve talked a lot about waiting for one player to emerge, how that player, when he’s ready, will be obvious to everyone." Foligno appears to be that player. Turning 28 on Halloween and beginning a six-year $33M contract, Foligno had a career year last season for the Blue Jackets by registering 31 goals and 73 points, far exceeding his previous career highs. He also was one of the hometown representatives during the All-Star game.
May 19 - 7:14 PM

The Blue Jackets are searching for help on defense, and HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman is "hearing Kerby Rychel’s name out there."

Rychel, 20, was a first-round pick of the Blue Jackets from the 2013 draft. The forward played five games in the NHL this season, tallying three assists. In the AHL, he had 12 goals and 33 points. By the end of the season, Columbus was running out a defense of Jack Johnson, Fedor Tyutin, Kevin Connauton, Cody Goloubef, Dalton Prout and David Savard.
May 16 - 10:52 PM

Prospect Mike Reilly has informed the Columbus Blue Jackets that he intends to explore free agency, and will not sign with them during their exclusive 30-day window that closes in mid-June.

With that, Reilly is from leaving the University of Minnesota whom he has spent the last three seasons with as well. This is a potentially a big blow for the Blue Jackets as Reilly was a Hobey Baker finalist with 42 points in 39 games last season, however Reilly has noted that he is not completely writing off Columbus. He just wants to field more offers. Reilly was selected 98th overall in the 2011 Entry Draft, and he has just one point and 10 shots on goal during his nine games with Team USA at the World Hockey Championship.
May 16 - 7:03 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky was stellar for Russia in a 4-0 win against the U.S. in a semifinal WHC game.

"Bob" turned aside 35 shots for a dazzling shutout. He'll face an even bigger challenge on Sunday against Canada in the gold-medal game.
May 16 - 4:18 PM

In an email sent out to ticket holders two weeks ago, Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson announced that the sixth franchise captain will be announced on May 20th.

This will be their first captain since trading Rick Nash to the New York Rangers three years ago. While there's no consensus of whom it will be, there's speculation that it could be 27 year old and newly re-signed to a six-year $33M contract Nick Foligno.
May 15 - 5:49 PM

Marko Dano suffered a partially torn MCL in his right knee at the World Hockey Championships.

Dano will obviously miss the rest of the tournament, but he said that the injury will not require surgery. He should be back to full health in four to five weeks and shouldn't be in danger of missing the start of training camp in September.
May 10 - 11:10 AM

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

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