Player News - Blue Jackets

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Mike Reilly will return to the University of Minnesota for 2014-15.

Reilly scored nine goals and 33 points in 41 games last season. "It just makes so much sense for me, physically, to stay in college," Reilly said. "It was a tough decision, actually, because turning pro would be exciting and because it was possible. But when I sat down with (Blue Jackets general manager) Jarmo Kekalainen and the coaching staff, and when I talked to the coaches back in Minnesota, we all agreed it was best for me." Reilly has been bulking up to the point where he's 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds, but he plans to get bigger.
Jul 11 - 9:45 AM

Brandon Dubinsky has inked a six-year, $35.1 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Dubinsky had one season left on his four-year, $16.8 million deal before he would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. His new contract comes with a no-movement clause. Dubinsky will continue to provide the Blue Jackets with a blend of physical play and skill. He had 18 goals, 50 points, and 98 penalty minutes in 76 games last season.
Jul 11 - 9:34 AM

Will Weber has inked a one-year, two-way deal with Columbus.

Weber had five points and 100 penalty minutes in 63 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not expected to get much, if any, playing time at the NHL level next season.
Jul 9 - 2:43 PM

Tim Erixon is reportedly close to re-signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Erixon had five goals and 33 points in 36 AHL games in 2013-14. The restricted free agent will probably end up with a two-way contract.
Jul 9 - 9:34 AM

Sean Collins has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Columbus.

Collins has 16 goals and 41 points in 67 AHL games in 2013-14. He also had an assist in six contests with Columbus.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 8 - 4:52 PM

Corey Tropp's two-year deal is a one-way contract.

Tropp will only come with a $625,000 annual cap hit, so he can still be buried in the minors, but the Blue Jackets are less likely to do so. This is Tropp's first one-way deal and he earned it after recording two goals and eight assists in 44 games last season.
Jul 7 - 6:59 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.

Goloubef, 24, has played in 17 career NHL games, including five last season. He had 28 points and 98 penalty minutes in 62 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Jul 7 - 3:09 PM

Corey Tropp has inked a two-year extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tropp was a restricted free agent. He had 10 points and 37 penalty minutes in 44 games in 2013-14.
Jul 7 - 3:02 PM

Ryan Johansen, the Blue Jackets' leading scorer last season, is free to negotiate with all NHL teams but don't expect the high-scoring center to be playing with any team other than Columbus next season.

Johansen can receive offer sheets from other clubs, and he probably will, but Columbus GM armo Kekalainen has said he will match any offer sheet Johansen could sign, and he can, because the club is about $18 million under the salary cap. "If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet," Kekalainen said. "Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that’s fine for them. We’d just match it and keep the player." Johansen had 33 goals and 30 assists with Columbus last season.
Jul 5 - 9:42 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman David Savard to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million.

Savard will make $1.3 million in each of the next two seasons, a significant raise from the $709,000 he made in 2012-13. The 23-year-old climbed the depth chart and earned significant playing time last season after an off-season workout program made him slimmer and quicker. In 70 games, he had five goals, 10 assists, 28 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. He also had four assists and four penalty minutes in the Blue Jackets' first-round Stanley Cup playoffs loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Savard, a fourth-round pick (No. 94 overall) in 2009, will come to training camp in September as the likely third-pair defensive partner of Dalton Prout. But Tim Erixon and Cody Goloubef -- both of whom will need to clear waivers before they can be sent to AHL Springfield -- will compete for that spot, too. The Blue Jackets' top four defensemen from last season -- Fedor Tyutin - Jack Johnson and Ryan Murray - James Wisniewski -- are all returning.
Jul 5 - 9:36 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Brian Gibbons to a one-year, two-way deal.

Gibbons had five goals and 17 points in 41 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013-14. He'll have a tough time earning a spot on the Blue Jackets' opening game roster and even if he does, we doubt he'll have any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jul 4 - 4:04 PM

Jerry D'Amigo is expected to compete for a fourth line spot during training camp.

Columbus acquired D'Amigo from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1. The 23-year-old forward had a goal and three points in 22 games in 2013-14.
Jul 2 - 9:06 AM

The Blue Jackets have acquired Jerry D'Amigo and a conditional seventh rounder in 2015 from the Maple Leafs for Matt Frattin.

D'Amigo, was a decent producer in the AHL last season, but he has had limited success in the NHL. With the Maple Leafs in 2013-14 he registered a mere three points in 22 games. On the plus side, D'Amigo had a strong playoffs in the AHL. As his future role with the Jackets is not clear, we wouldn't be putting D'Amigo on our a draft lists at this time.
Jul 1 - 1:32 PM

Frederic St. Denis has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

St. Denis had nine goals and 26 points in 60 games with the AHL Springfield Falcons last season. The 28-year-old should strictly be regarded as an organizational depth defenseman.
Jul 1 - 10:15 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets don't plan on making a big splash on July 1.

The Blue Jackets lured Nathan Horton to Columbus last summer, but GM Jarmo Kekalainen thinks that at this point the team's growth needs to come from within the organization. "The team you see right now today is probably pretty close to what's going to be there when training camp starts (in September)," Kekalainen added. The Blue Jackets have a ton of cap space, although Kekalainen might not have permission to spend to the ceiling. Even if he does, he might be reluctant to because the Blue Jackets does have several young players that are going to be in line for sizable raises over the next few years and he wouldn't want to put him in a position where they're having a difficult time fitting their RFAs in under the cap.
Jul 1 - 9:00 AM


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