Player News - Blue Jackets

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Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch sees Matt Calvert as a fourth-line forward in 2015-16.

Calvert scored 13 goals and 23 points in just 56 games, so it seems reasonable to ponder him as someone in the top nine. Either way, the Blue Jackets should be a lot tougher to deal with, especially if they enjoy more reasonable injury luck.
Jul 4 - 6:18 PM

The negotiations between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brandon Saad were pretty easy.

The two sides agreed pretty quickly on the six-year/$36 million contract extension with only the small details to work out."Both parties wanted to get a deal done, and get it done sooner rather than later," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch. "Brandon wanted to get it done so he could concentrate on hockey and get to Columbus. It took a couple of days, but it was more about the smaller details than anything else. We weren't far apart at the start." Saad had 23 goals and 52 points last season and will look to top that mark in Columbus as he will be a go-to player, something he wasn't necessarily in Chicago.
Jul 4 - 6:13 AM

Brandon Saad has agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Chicago dealt Saad to Columbus as it wouldn't have been able to meet the restricted free agent's contract demands. Saad had 23 goals and 52 points in 82 contests in 2014-15, so just by that standard, it would seem Columbus is overpaying. That being said, the expectation is that this is a contract Saad will go into. He's just 22 years old (23 in October) and it's not hard to envision $6 million annually looking like a fair price for the majority of this agreement. This also gives the Blue Jackets two very promising young, skilled forwards between Saad and Ryan Johansen.
Jul 3 - 2:47 PM

John Ramage has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ramage has 15 points and 81 penalty minutes in 57 contests with the AHL Adirondack Flames in 2014-15. He is expected to start the season in the minors.
Jul 3 - 2:17 PM

Brandon Saad and the Columbus Blue Jackets are still working on a new contract.

Columbus General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he and Saad's agent, Lewis Gross, are still negotiating. Saad was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week, but he still hasn't come to terms on a deal with his new team. The young winger was traded by the Hawks because they didn't feel that they could bring him back at a number that made sense for them. There were several reports saying that Saad was looking for $6.5 million per season. It will be interesting to see what the final numbers end up looking like once a deal is reached.
Jul 2 - 7:09 PM

Brett Gallant has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Gallant had six points and 247 penalty minutes in 45 AHL contests in 2014-15. Obviously he would be a good source of PIM if he played regularly in the NHL, but that's not expected to happen.
Jul 2 - 11:57 AM

Jaime Sifers has inked a two-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sifers had 22 points and 82 penalty minutes in 76 AHL contests in 2014-15. Before that he spent three seasons playing in Germany's top league.
Jul 2 - 11:53 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed a one-year, two-way deal with Andrew Bodnarchuk.

Bodnarchuk had 25 points and 84 penalty minutes in 61 AHL games last season. He's an organizational depth defenseman.
Jul 2 - 10:53 AM

Gregory Campbell signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for two-years worth $3M.

The veteran Campbell won't light up the lamp much, having tallied just six goals and 12 points over 70 games last season. But Campbell's known for his defensive work, and ability to win face-offs. He won over 53% of his draws last season while blocking 41 shots, and through over a hundred hits (119) for the fifth time in six seasons.
Jul 1 - 6:29 PM

Brandon Saad and Chicago never got close to agreeing to terms before he was traded to Columbus.

Saad is a restricted free agent and was reportedly looking for $6.5 million annually. "It's fair to say we both tried hard to make it work. It wasn't going to in this scenario," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said. "I don't think we ever came close on a contract. It wasn't for lack of effort. I respect their side. It just didn't work for us, and it obviously didn’t work for them. That's why we had to move on." We'll have to wait to see what Saad agrees to with Columbus.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 1 - 8:31 AM

Alex Broadhurst has been traded to Columbus.

The Blue Jackets and Blackhawks completed a seven-player trade involving Brandon Saad on Tuesday and Broadhurst has a new team because of it. He has played the last two seasons in the AHL with Rockford, but he was limited to 29 games in 2014-15.
Jun 30 - 5:59 PM

Michael Paliotta has been acquired by Columbus.

He was traded to Columbus as part of the seven-player Brandon Saad deal. Paliotta played one game with Chicago in 2014-15 after finishing his college career with the University of Vermont. The 22-year-old defender posted nine goals and 36 points in 41 games this past campaign.
Jun 30 - 5:55 PM

Brandon Saad has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus also received Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst from Chicago, while the Blackhawks acquired Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano and fourth-round pick in 2016. Changes were expected to come for the Blackhawks due to the cap and Saad, who is set to be a restricted free agent, becomes a casualty as a result.
Jun 30 - 5:25 PM

Restricted free agent Brandon Saad and the Blackhawks have had solid contract negotiations to date.

Both sides seem to feel progress is being made on a long-term deal. Saad is one of the Hawks' emerging talents and Chicago GM Stan Bowman wants to get a contract done. We are pegging Saad as a 60-point guy next season with the potential for more going forward. Stay tuned.
Jun 27 - 1:00 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted Paul Bittner 38th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Bittner generated 71 points in 66 games with Portland in the WHL in 2014-15. He adds another big piece to the Blue Jackets' mix.
Jun 27 - 11:04 AM

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