Player News - Blue Jackets

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Brandon Saad is ready to get back to work after a disappointing season.

Saad's individual numbers were fine during his first year in Columbus, but as a team, the Blue Jackets struggled badly. "It’s been a much longer offseason," Saad said. "Watching the playoffs, you want to be out there playing. But at the same time, you just have to take that time to relax, recover and enjoy the family. Now I’m definitely looking forward to getting back at it." The 23-year-old scored 31 goals and 53 points in 78 games last season.
Aug 20 - 12:26 PM

Brad Larsen is one of the candidates for the Colorado Avalanche coaching gig.

Larsen is an assistant coach in Columbus under John Tortorella. He's had that title for two seasons now. The former NHLer has two years of head coaching experience at AHL Springfield (2012-13, 2013-14). The 39-year-old played in 294 NHL games with Colorado and Atlanta.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 20 - 11:23 AM

Jack Johnson said his surgically-repaired shoulder feels 100 percent.

He sat out the last 20 games of the regular season due to the injury. Johnson is preparing to compete in the World Cup of Hockey with Team USA in September now that his rehab is out of the way.
Aug 10 - 11:08 AM

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen is very high on prospect Zach Werenski.

"There's a very good chance he makes our team and makes our team better," said Kekalainen. The eighth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft posted 11 goals and 36 points in 36 games with the University of Michigan last season prior to joining the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters. In the minors, Werenski recorded one goal in seven regular season matches and 14 points in 17 contests during the playoffs.
Aug 9 - 6:39 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois has skated mostly at left wing during Canada's junior evaluation camp after playing as a center at Columbus' development camp.

"But to me doesn't make a difference," said Dubois. "I think I bring a different game when I play center versus when I play wing. Just depends what the team's coaching staff thinks of me. Any position, right wing, left wing, I don't care. Center, not a big deal to me." He was one of the final cuts from Canada's World Junior Championship team last year and is hoping to be part of the roster this time around. Dubois will also look to impress Columbus' brass at his first NHL training camp in the fall.
Aug 3 - 4:28 PM

Sam Gagner is looking forward to a fresh start with Columbus.

"I'm working hard this summer to be ready," Gagner said. "I'm ready to be the player I know I can be again. I'm going to get to Columbus early and get settled before camp. This was part of the allure with Columbus, actually, that it's a place where I think I could maybe be a long-term fit. I've bounced around the last couple of seasons. I'm kind of looking for stability." He feels he is better than his 2015-16 statistics would indicate and is anxious to bounce back with the Blue Jackets.
Aug 1 - 6:19 PM

The Blue Jackets have announced the signing of Sam Gagner to a one-year contract.

Terms were not disclosed but it's believed to be for $650,000. Gagner produced just 16 points in 53 games with Philadelphia last season. However, he could be a second- or third-line player for the Blue Jackets. "Sam has scored 350 points and played in 600 games in the NHL and is still a young player who can be a solid contributor on our team," said GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "He is a talented, right-handed shot center who will add to our skill and depth at that position."
Aug 1 - 11:09 AM

Sam Gagner's pending deal with Columbus could become official on Monday.

It will reportedly be a one-year contract worth $650,000. That would be a considerable bargain for a player who is coming off a three-year deal with an annual average value of $4.8 million. Stay tuned.
Aug 1 - 11:02 AM

If Columbus is successful in signing free agent Sam Gagner then Boone Jenner will probably move back to left wing.

Coach John Tortorella prefers to play Jenner at that position rather than have him skate at center. Gagner is reportedly close to agreeing to terms with the Blue Jackets, so Jenner could be playing alongside him or Brandon Dubinsky in 2016-17.
Jul 31 - 11:28 AM

Sam Gagner is reportedly close to signing a one-year contract with Columbus, according to sources.

If the Blue Jackets add Gagner then he could compete with Alexander Wennberg for the second-line center spot. Gagner picked up eight goals and 16 points in 53 contests with Philadelphia last season.
Jul 30 - 1:01 PM

Sam Gagner is still available as an unrestricted free agent.

He produced just eight goals and eight assists in 53 appearances with the Flyers last season. Gagner averaged just 13:52 of ice time, but could be more useful than that if he plays regularly.
Jul 29 - 5:03 PM

Scott Harrington has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He split time between the AHL and NHL last season with the Marlies and the Maple Leafs, respectively. Harrington, who was acquired by Columbus in the off-season in exchange for Kerby Rychel, has played in 25 games at the big-league level over the last two years.
Jul 25 - 4:37 PM

Columbus has agreed to terms with T.J. Tynan on a one-year, two-way deal.

He played in 76 games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL last season and he collected 46 points, including 40 assists. Tynan was a third-round pick of the Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Jul 25 - 4:31 PM

Alex Broadhurst has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Columbus.

He registered 10 goals and 36 points in 60 games with the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters last season. Broadhurst was acquired from Chicago in the Brandon Saad trade.
Jul 25 - 4:27 PM

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


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