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The 2016-17 campaign was a disappointing one for Ryan Murray.

Murray had just two goals and 11 points in 60 points this season. In addition to that he saw his playing time drop from an average of 22:51 minutes in 2015-16 to 18:20 minutes in 2016-17. The Blue Jackets are hoping that they can eventually get more out of the 2012 second overall pick. "It’s a big summer for Ryan; for him and for us," Blue Jackets president John Davidson said. "He knows it. We’ve had good talks with him. He’s had good talks with our strength and conditioning people, our doctors. He’s a good hockey player, and we’ve seen some good things from him. He’s had bad injury luck without question, but he’s going to overcome that. He’s at the age now (23) where he’s not a young pup."
Apr 25 - 10:31 AM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is hoping that Brandon Saad is more consistent in 2017-18.

"When you see his best game and his average game, there’s too big of a gap," Kekalainen said. "When he’s at his best, he can be a dominating force. We expect that 82 times a year. He knows it as well as we do." Saad had 24 goals and 53 points in 82 games this season. That's the third straight season that he's recorded either 52 or 53 points. The 24-year-old still has some untapped offensive upside left though.
Apr 25 - 10:28 AM

Markus Nutivaara will undergo hip surgery.

Nutivaara will need four months to recover from the procedure. He should be ready for training camp, but this might impact his ability to train over the summer.
Apr 24 - 6:34 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky was not happy with his play in the postseason.

Ya think? Bobrovsky was all-world in the regular season with a 41-17-5 mark to go with a 2.06 GAA and a .931 save percentage. But against the Penguins, Bobrovsky managed to win only one of five games with a 3.88 GAA and a .882 save percentage. "It's a tough way to finish the season; it's disappointing," Bobrovsky said. "But you have either success or experience. So this time, with this playoffs, I had experience and I will learn from it and move on."
Apr 24 - 8:12 AM

Zach Werenski will miss the next four-to-six weeks with facial fractures.

While the Columbus Blue Jackets have been eliminated from the playoffs, Werenski would have played for the United States at the World Championships had he remained healthy. He required stitches on the outside and insides of his face in addition to fracturing his orbital bone and a bone inside his sinus cavity. Fortunately, he won't need additional surgery. Werenski, who is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, had 11 goals and 47 points this season in 78 games. Not too shabby for a teenage defenseman. He is a must have next season in fantasy hockey. The injury occurred in Game 3 against Pittsburgh and Werenski could not play in the remainder of the series.
Apr 23 - 9:00 AM

Sam Gagner is talking with the Columbus Blue Jackets about a new contract.

Gagner inked a one-year/$650,000 contract in the summer and will be a UFA if he does not re-sign before July 1. Gagne had a breakout campaign with 50 points in limited action and would like to return. "Yeah, I thought it was a good fit," Gagner said. "It’s a team that’s on the rise and as the year went on I felt like more and more apart of things and a big part of things. Yeah, I’d like to come back, but we’ll see where things go."
Apr 23 - 8:55 AM

Alexander Wennberg has begun contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Wennberg is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1 and while there is no panic at this time, a contract has to eventually be ironed out. Wennberg has a new agent, Pat Brisson, a make the deal for him. Wennberg had 59 points in 80 games this season but was really hot early on with 44 points in 50 games before cooling off with only 15 in his last 30. Look for a 60-65 point season from the 22-year-old if he is not a holdout.
Apr 23 - 8:52 AM

As great as Sergei Bobrovsky is during the regular season, the Blue Jackes' goalie has not proven to be a reliable playoff performer.

Bob has a 3-10 career record in the postseason with an .887 save percentage and 3.63 goals-against average. That is well off his 2.47 GAA and .919 career regular-season marks. In fact, among the 34 active NHL goalies who have started at least 10 playoff games, Bob ranks a dismal 33rd in save percentage. That's just not going to cut it.
Apr 22 - 7:23 AM

Zach Werenski has been selected as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Werenski is joined by Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine as one of the three nominees for the NHL's top rookie honors. The Blue Jackets defenseman will probably end up losing out on the award to one of the forwards with Matthews being the favorite, but Werenski had a superb campaign. He 11 goals and 47 points in 78 contests while averaging 20:54 minutes per game. Among defensemen in the salary cap era, only Dion Phaneuf and Tyler Myers recorded more points in their rookie campaigns with 49 points and 48 points respectively.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 10:43 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was positive about his squad despite their elimination in the first round.

"This is not a 4-1 series," Tortorella said. "I’m not going to piss and moan about it. They win, but I like a lot of things about our club. We have to lick our wounds and learn from some of the things that went on in the series. But I can’t wait to get going again with them. I’m proud of them. I’m very proud of this group." Columbus certainly made a lot of progress this season and given the relative youth of the squad, there's every reason to believe the Blue Jackets are capable of further improvements going forward.
Apr 21 - 10:20 AM

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed five goals on 32 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The loss officially eliminates Columbus from the playoffs. Bobrovsky is likely to win the Vezina Trophy this season, but his postseason only lasted a disappointing five games. Bobrovsky allowed three goals or more in each game of the series, and he finishes his playoff run with a 3.88 goals-against-average and a .882 save percentage.
Apr 20 - 9:55 PM

Boone Jenner scored a power play goal in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The loss officially knocks the Blue Jackets from the playoffs. They came out desperate, as they fired 51 shots on Marc-Andre Fleury, but they were only able to beat him twice. Columbus got off to a great start in 2016-17, but it all ended in disappointing fashion. Jenner's power play goal closed the gap to 3-2 in the second period, but that's as close as the Jackets would come to tying it up. Jenner finishes the postseason with two goals and one assist in five games.
Apr 20 - 9:49 PM

In a late lineup change, Scott Hartnell will replace the injured Nick Foligno (lower body) for Thursday night's Game 5 against the Penguins.

Hartnell is still searching for his first points of the series through three games played. He has 19 goals and 47 points in 98 career playoff games.
Apr 20 - 7:01 PM

Nick Foligno (lower body) will miss Game 5 against the Penguins on Thursday night.

That's a big loss for Columbus, who just achieved their first ever postseason regulation victory in Game 4. The Blue Jackets captain has two helpers in four games this series.
Apr 20 - 6:59 PM

Coach John Tortorella has noted that he will not make any lineup changes for Game 5 on Thursday against Pittsburgh.

Which means that Scott Hartnell will remain a healthy scratch along with Lauri Korpikoski, Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen and the rest of Columbus' Black Aces.


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