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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

The Columbus Blue Jackets have taken Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick.

There was plenty of speculation that Columbus could trade this pick and that they weren't enamored with Jesse Puljujarvi, but going with Dubois is still a bit surprising based on the rankings. However, they have a strong prospect in Pierre-Luc Dubois, who followed up his 10-goal, 45-point campaign in 2014-15 with a 45-goal and 99-point campaign as an 18-year-old. Already 6'2" and 200 lbs, Dubois dazzles with his ability to command the ice by proactively looking for passing and shooting lanes. He’s drawn favorable comparisons to Anze Kopitar as an ideal No. 1 center, though there’s debate as to Dubois’ actual defensive prowess. Be that as it may, his versatility and refined toolbox make him a tantalizingly mature forward who can play both center and wing.
Jun 24 - 7:38 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets might trade down from the No. 3 pick.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen doesn't want to trade out of the top-10 though. "We're getting some serious and real offers right now," Kekalainen said. "We're making sure we have them all lined up so that we can compare them and see what the best one is and whether it's worth consideration. I've talked to every team in the top 10. We've got their interest in what they want to do. We have a pretty good idea for what everybody's intentions are, what it might take and what they might offer if they want to move up to three." If there's a trade for the No. 3 pick, it's likely to happen after the first two selections are already done.
Jun 24 - 8:50 AM

William Karlsson has signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Karlsson had nine goals and 20 points in 81 contests in 2015-16. The 23-year-old is coming off of his entry-level contract and this deal has the potential to be a bridge towards a more long-term contract if he continues to develop.
Jun 23 - 4:25 PM

John Tortorella was happy to land assistant coach Brad Shaw.

"We went through a really good process of interviewing guys; our two minor-league guys we talked to also," said Tortorella. "When Shawsy became available, he was a guy I zeroed in on. Jarmo and I went through the process together, but he allowed me to kind of get in front of it here as far as who I wanted. When Army (Blues GM Doug Armstrong) gave them permission to start looking (for jobs throughout the NHL) … as soon as (Shaw) called me, I got with Jarmo and said we have to put this guy at the head of the list." Shaw had been with St. Louis for each of the last nine seasons.
Jun 19 - 9:46 AM

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is "listening on captain Nick Foligno," according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

The GM could be busy this offseason as he tries to shed salary — with Scott Hartnell and Fedor Tyutin also in play. Foligno is an interesting case as he just played his first season on a six-year, $33 million contract. Though, he did not live up to his 2014-15 campaign (a career year) when he tallied 31 goals and 73 points; he had just 12 goals and 37 points this past season.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 18 - 9:56 PM

Anton Forsberg has inked a one-year, two-way extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Forsberg had a 3.03 GAA and .907 save percentage in four contests with Columbus in 2015-16. The 23-year-old netminder was far more notable with the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters as he led them to a Calder Cup championship with his 1.34 GAA and .949 save percentage in 10 playoff games.
Jun 17 - 3:35 PM

Brad Shaw has joined the Blue Jackets' coaching staff as an assistant, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Shaw will fill the void left by the retired Craig Hartsburg. Previously with the St. Louis Blues, Shaw could help the Blue Jackets bolster their penalty kill.
Jun 17 - 8:30 AM

According to sources, Brad Shaw thinking over an offer to join the coaching staff of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He left the St. Louis Blues last month after 10 seasons with the organization. Shaw could be an associate coach with Columbus, which is the same position he held under Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis since the 2012-13 season.
Jun 14 - 11:05 AM

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the overtime winner as Lake Erie claimed the Calder Cup Saturday.

Bjorkstrand's goal gave the Monsters the 1-0 win as they swept the best-of-seven final. The Blue Jackets farm club got great goaltending from Anton Forsberg who stopped 23 shots in claiming his ninth consecutive victory. Bjorkstrand was a stud in the playoffs as he was named the MVP. He scored 10 times including five in the last three games, in addition to six game winners. Look for Bjorkstrand to make the Columbus squad next season and expect a 30-40 point campaign for the Danish native.
Jun 12 - 8:00 AM

Scott Hartnell has three seasons left on his contract, which could be warding off some trade partners for Columbus.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman believes the third year is worrying some teams, while Columbus' high asking price for the 34-year-old winger made it difficult to move Hartnell at the trade deadline. According to sources, Hartnell has agreed to waive his no-trade clause for several teams so something could be completed during the off-season. He posted 23 goals and 49 points in 79 games for the Blue Jackets during the 2015-16 campaign.
Jun 11 - 2:21 PM

TSN's Bob McKenzie told Vancouver's TSN 1040 radio that Columbus could trade down from the third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

"The sense that a lot of people are getting right now is that the Columbus Blue Jackets are not sold on Jesse Puljujarvi at that spot," said McKenzie, "and that they might be looking for a more positionally-oriented name, and that is a center." Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen stated that he has received offers for the No. 3 selection, but nothing has come in yet that he would consider moving on.
Jun 11 - 12:04 PM

Oliver Bjorkstrand has been excellent in the AHL playoffs.

He is tied for the postseason lead with nine goals and five of them have been game winners. Bjorkstrand has netted four goals in his last two games to help Lake Erie take a 3-0 series lead over Hershey in the Calder Cup Final.
Jun 9 - 12:05 PM


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