Player News - Blue Jackets

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Justin Falk has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Falk had a goal and an assist in 18 games with Minnesota and Columbus in 2014-15. The Blue Jackets acquired him and a fifth round pick in March in exchange for Jordan Leopold.
May 29 - 11:48 AM

Columbus is reportedly close to signing Justin Falk to a two-year contract.

He was acquired in March in a trade with Minnesota that sent Jordan Leopold to the Wild. Falk suited up in just five games with the Blue Jackets and he played in 18 contests in total in 2014-15.
May 28 - 6:12 PM

Cody Goloubef has inked a two-year contract with Columbus.

His extension is a one-way contract that will pay him $700,000 in 2015-16 and $800,000 the following season. Goloubef appeared in 36 games with the Blue Jackets this past campaign. He contributed nine assists, 44 hits and 32 blocks over that time, while averaging 15:33 of ice time per game.
May 28 - 4:05 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have until August 15 to sign winger Seth Ambroz to a contract.

If both sides fail to agree on a deal, Ambroz will become an unrestricted free agent. The fifth round pick in 2011 played four seasons for the University of Minnesota before signing an amateur tryout with Springfield of the AHL in late March. He had 23 points in each of his last two seasons with the Golden Gophers and was pointless in four games with the AHL Falcons.
May 23 - 6:28 AM

Oscar Dansk will play in Sweden next season.

Dansk made the decision after struggling in the AHL and ECHL in the 2014-15 campaign. It was his first professional season in North America after moving on from the OHL Erie Otters, so there was a chance he would have found his footing in 2015-16 had he stayed within the Blue Jackets' system. He was taken with the 31st overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
May 22 - 12:59 PM

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

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