Player News - Blue Jackets

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Sam McCaig of The Hockey News has compiled a list of the NHL's best goaltenders heading into the 2018-19 season, ranking Sergei Bobrovsky at the top.

It's a tough sell. Bobrovsky has had moments of sheer brilliance during the regular-season but has looked a fraction of that player during the post-season where he has yet to win a playoff matchup in eight years. We are not saying the 29-year-old Russian netminder isn't top-five, just that he may not be worth the top spot. Number two of the list is countryman Andrei Vasilevskiy who is coming off a breakout season that saw him win 44 games. The full list can be seen by clicking on the link below.
Aug 19 - 10:51 AM

Zach Werenski (shoulder) is hoping to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Werenski underwent shoulder surgery in May, and he was expected to miss anywhere between five and six months. "My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1," Werenski said. "You never want to miss time, you never want to miss games, so my goal going into training camp and into the season is to be ready for Game 1. If it's later, like Game 5 or Game 10, whenever that is, I'm going to work to miss as few games as possible and be ready to help the team." Even though he's coming off a major injury, he will still have plenty of value in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 14 - 5:26 PM

Oliver Bjorkstrand will be competing for a spot on the Blue Jackets' second line.

The 23-year-old had 11 goals and 40 points in 82 games last season. He'll be competing for a top-six forward spot with Josh Anderson, who had 19 goals and 30 points in 63 games in 2017-18. "Oliver is a gifted player with a tremendous shot and scoring instincts who has improved steadily during his first three seasons as a pro," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He is just scratching the surface of the type of player he can be and we believe he has the potential to be a dynamic offensive player for our club." Earning a job on the top two lines would increase Bjorkstrand's fantasy value in standard leagues heading into the season.
Aug 13 - 8:45 AM

According to a source, ​the Chicago Blackhawks would be​​ "very seriously considered" by Artemi Panarin if he were to become an unrestricted free agent.

Panarin's current contract is up after the 2018-19 season and he has been unwilling to sign long-term deal with Columbus. The Blue Jackets might trade him, but the team acquiring him may want a long-term commitment before making a move. A great deal can change between now and next summer, but if he is willing to return to the Blackhawks and they can make it work financially then he would obviously be a big addition.
Aug 3 - 8:40 PM

Columbus believes that Jonathan Davidsson can challenge for a roster spot this season.

"It's good pressure," Davidsson said. "When I was back home last year, I had pressure on myself and it developed into something really good. I knew it was something that I can take advantage of. I grew up with hockey. Even if I feel pressure off the ice, when I'm on the ice I let it go." If he doesn't crack the Blue Jackets' roster at camp then he will return to Sweden.
Aug 2 - 4:28 PM

Riley Nash is expected to provide depth and versatility for Columbus.

Nash doesn't know what his role will be yet with the Blue Jackets, but he did get some top-six forward minutes as a member of the Boston Bruins last season when injuries occurred. "I've been able to look at my game and how it fits in this team and what I can bring," Nash said. "I'm kind of suited to this style." He notched 15 goals and 41 points in 76 contests last year.
Jul 31 - 10:21 AM

Liam Foudy has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Foudy was chosen 18th overall by Columbus in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He produced 24 goals and 40 points in 65 games for the OHL's London Knights last season.
Jul 30 - 10:29 AM

Anthony Duclair is motivated to get back on track with Columbus.

Duclair signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets for the league minimum of $650,000. He feels like he has learned a great deal about himself and wants to reward Columbus for taking a chance on him after he was cut loose by Chicago.
Jul 25 - 1:24 PM

Andrew Peeke showed great progress at Columbus' development camp.

"He's confident, and I think a lot of his game — he was always in the right spot — is closing the gap a lot closer," said Chris Clark, who served as one of the Blue Jackets' development coaches. "He's reading the play, reading the rush. Not only is he in the right position, but he's getting to the guy a lot quicker. As he showed all last year, he's not giving the puck carrier time to create anything. He closes them down quick." He registered five goals and 14 points in 38 games for Notre Dame last season. Peeke was taken in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft with the 34th overall pick.
Jul 23 - 10:33 AM

Artemi Panarin doesn't plan on engaging in any contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets during training camp or the 2018-19 campaign.

In other words, if the Blue Jackets can't sign Panarin to a contract by Sept. 13, then they won't be able to talk to him about it again until the season ends and his contract is effectively over. Panarin can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, so the obvious danger is that Columbus might lose Panarin on the open market like the Islanders recently did with John Tavares, who also didn't want to engage in contract discussions during the season. It's worth noting that Panarin is reluctant to sign a long-term contract with Columbus as it is, so this might actually be more influence when it comes to his trade value than anything. A team acquiring him will want to be able to lock him up and now they know that getting him during the season would likely just be for a rental. With that in mind, the Blue Jackets might want to trade him this summer to maximize their return.
Jul 20 - 1:15 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Ryan MacInnis from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Jacob Graves and a conditional 2019 sixth-round draft pick.

MacInnis had four goals and 14 points in 59 AHL games last season. He was selected with the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 18 - 6:03 PM

As planned, Artemi Panarin did meet with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Monday, but it sounds like that didn't alter Panarin's position.

Panarin reportedly still isn't willing to sign a long-term contract after the 45-minute meeting. He can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019 and his agent has said that while Panarin loves the Blue Jackets, he isn't sure yet if he wants to make an eight-year commitment to Columbus. It puts the Blue Jackets in a somewhat difficult position because while the ideal for them would be to lock up Panarin, they also won't want to watch him walk away for nothing like John Tavares did with the Islanders. Consequently, this situation might end up in a trade if Panarin can't be swayed.
Jul 16 - 9:21 PM

Artemi Panarin and his agent will meet with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Monday.

Panarin is entering the final season of his contract. It seems like there's been some reluctance on his part to re-sign with the Blue Jackets and in a recent interview with The Athletic, his agent specified that the main sticking point is term. Panarin isn't sure if he's ready to commit to eight years in Columbus, but he would have signed a two-year contract by now if that was what was on the table. This meeting could be Kekalainen's opportunity to sell Panarin on the idea of a long-term contract and it might also give the Blue Jackets a better sense of how likely they are to be able to retain Panarin beyond 2018-19. If they aren't confident they can re-sign him, they might try to trade him.
Jul 15 - 1:52 PM

Oliver Bjorkstrand has signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus didn't reveal the financial terms of Bjorkstrand's contract, but it's reportedly worth a total of $7.5 million. He scored 11 goals and 40 points in 82 contests last season. Bjorkstrand was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.
Jul 15 - 12:21 PM

Ryan Murray has accepted the Columbus Blue Jackets' one-year, qualifying offer.

He was taken with the second overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but hasn't developed as hoped, in part due to some bad luck when it's come to injuries. Murray had a goal and 12 points in 44 games last season. His qualifying offer is worth $2.825 million for the 2018-19 campaign.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 14 - 11:15 AM


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