Player News - Blue Jackets

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have extended the contracts of AHL head coach Jared Bednar and AHL goalie coach Manny Legace.

The AHL's Lake Erie Monsters won the 2016 Calder Cup under that leadership. In addition to those re-signings, Steve McCarthy is joining the team as an assistant coach, replacing Nolan Pratt after he was hired by the Colorado Avalanche.
Jul 17 - 8:05 AM

Nelson Ayotte has reportedly joined the Columbus Blue Jackets and will work under the title "high performance director."

Ayotte previously served as the St. Louis Blues strength and conditioning coach. It sounds like the plan is to keep Kevin Collins as the Blue Jackets' strength and conditioning coach though, hence the new title for Ayotte. It's not clear what Ayotte's new role will be exactly.
Jul 12 - 9:40 AM

Larry Hoepfner, who was the executive vice president of business operations, has left the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hoepfner had been a high-ranking member of the Blue Jackets' business side for over a decade. "On behalf of everyone at the Blue Jackets and the numerous individuals throughout our business community that have worked with Larry over the past 11 years, I want to thank him for his dedication and tireless work on behalf of our organization," president of business operations Mike Priest said. "I wish him and his wife, Molly, nothing but the best in the future." It's not clear what Hoepfner's further plans are, only that he left to pursue other opportunities.
Jul 10 - 12:05 PM

Basil McRae has rejoined the Columbus Blue Jackets as their director of player personnel.

McRae previously served as a scout for the organization in 2013-14. He's a part owner of the OHL's London Knights and has been their general manager for the past two campaigns. With McRae at the helm, the Knights won the 2016 Memorial Cup.
Jul 7 - 4:58 AM

Jacob Graves has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Columbus.

Graves had 21 points and 104 penalty minutes in 69 OHL games in 2015-16. He wasn't drafted, but the Blue Jackets decided to make him an offer after he attended their development camp.
Jul 6 - 2:11 PM

Dante Salituro has inked a three-year, entry-level deal worth $925K per season with Buffalo.

Salituro had 38 goals and 83 points in 65 games with the OHL's Ottawa 67's in 2015-16. He was an undrafted free agent prospect.
Jul 1 - 2:59 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois has agreed to an entry-level contract with Columbus, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

The Blue Jackets haven't announced the signing yet, but they did make the signing of Seth Jones official on Wednesday. Dubois was the third overall pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 29 - 6:13 PM

Seth Jones has inked a six-year contract with Columbus worth $32.4 million.

The 21-year-old defenseman's new deal has an annual average value of $5.4 million. Jones registered 20 points in 41 games with the Blue Jackets after he was acquired from Nashville in the Ryan Johansen trade.
Jun 29 - 10:34 AM

Columbus is reportedly close to signing an extension with Seth Jones, according to a source.

Cap space is tight for the Blue Jackets, but locking up the young defenseman is a top priority for the team. Jones was acquired from Nashville in the Ryan Johansen trade last season.
Jun 29 - 10:22 AM

Pierre-Luc Dubois is expected to play with Cape Breton of the QMJHL in 2016-17.

However, he doesn't think he is far away from joining the NHL and making an impact once he gets there. "I can play all three forward positions," Dubois said. "I can add depth at first. In the long run I think I can be a top talent on the team." He describes himself as a late bloomer, who got better over the course of the season. He also excelled at center, which is where Columbus hopes to use him after he was chosen third overall at the 2016 NHL Draft. Comparisons to Jesse Puljujarvi, who went fourth to Edmonton, are sure to follow but Dubois said it won't be part of his focus.
Jun 28 - 6:13 PM

Sonny Milano's name came up in a possible trade at the draft, but nothing ended up materializing and he is still a member of the Blue Jackets organization.

"I saw that," Milano said. "I was just waiting. Everybody was tweeting me and calling me, telling me I was traded. I guess it was just rumors. I read stuff where (the club said) it was just talk like that." The 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft played for Lake Erie of the AHL in 2015-16 and he posted 31 points in 54 contests. Milano also had one assist in three appearances with Columbus.
Jun 28 - 4:32 PM

Paul Bittner (hip) has been cleared for contact.

He underwent hip surgery in March so the Blue Jackets won't push him too hard during development camp this week. Bittner skated with the goaltenders on Monday. He was the 38th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Jun 27 - 1:01 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets think they have a nice prospect in Scott Harrington.

Harrington was dealt to the Blue Jackets Saturday from Toronto for Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old played 15 games for Toronto after he was a piece in the Phil Kessel trade to Pittsburgh. Defensemen usually take longer to develop so at age 23, Harrington could be on track to claim a bottom pairing job in Columbus. "(Harrington) is steady, smart, he's a good defender," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He competes. He has character. Those are the things we really like about him. He has good size. We've liked him for a while." Harrington has no fantasy value and will likely be no better than a fifth or sixth defenseman on the Jackets.
Jun 26 - 7:00 AM

Scott Harrington has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Leafs obtained Kerby Rychel in the deal and the Blue Jackets will get a fifth-round draft pick if Harrington is put on waivers and he is claimed by another team. If he clears then the condition isn't fulfilled. Harrington played in 15 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and 17 with the team's AHL affiliate.
Jun 25 - 2:25 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois became a better player once he moved from left wing to center.

The change took place around Christmas and Dubois' stock took off then. "He showed us that he has tremendous hockey sense in slowly moving to center," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He could play wing for us. He could play center for us. But I think we see him as a future centerman, and we see a lot of potential in him being able to play both." It was a happy birthday for Dubois who turned 18 on Draft Day. He will likely get a long look-see with the Blue Jackets but do not be surprised if he is sent back to Cape Breton eventually next season. He is worth picking up only in dynasty leagues at this point.
Jun 25 - 8:05 AM


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