Player News - Blue Jackets

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John Tortorella is entering the final season of his five-year, $10 million contract.

The Blue Jackets have only been paying $750,000 of that annually with the rest being covered by the team that originally signed Tortorella to that deal, the Vancouver Canucks. Given that Tortorella just won the Jack Adams Award for the second time and that coaching salaries have been rising dramatically in recent years, Tortorella could end up getting a big pay bump.
Jul 16 - 5:49 AM

Jaime Sifers has inked a two-year AHL contract with the Utica Comets.

The Comets are affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks. The 34-year-old defenseman will provide Utica with a veteran presence that might help Vancouver's young blueliners. He has two assists in 37 career NHL games.
Jul 14 - 6:51 AM

Andre Benoit has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Benoit had six goals and 24 points in 52 Swedish league games in 2016-17. The 33-year-old defenseman has appeared in 181 career NHL contests and has scored 11 goals and 48 points over that span.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 3:44 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Cameron Gaunce to a two-year/two-way contract.

It's a depth move by the Blue Jackets as Gaunce has been a fringe NHLer at best. He had a goal and four points in 10 games last season.
Jul 1 - 2:26 PM

Jordan Schroeder has agreed to a two-year contract with Columbus.

Schroeder's new contract is a two-way deal in 2017-18 and one-way pact in 2018-19. He has shared between Minnesota and their minor-league affiliate for the last three seasons. Schroeder was acquired from the Wild last week in exchange for Dante Salituro. He has 17 goals and 40 points in 144 career NHL contests.
Jun 27 - 4:56 PM

Vladislav Gavrikov has signed a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

Gavrikov wants to develop his game more in Russia, according to his agent, but the timing of the decision was strange and unexpected for the Blue Jackets. His contract announcement was made when he was in Columbus to see the city, while the Jackets were hoping to convince him to play in North America next season. Sources around the NHL suggested that Russian officials timed that to attempt to interfere with Columbus' recruitment effort. However, the Blue Jackets remain hopeful that Gavrikov will come over when he feels he's ready. "He's ours; we like him," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He's going to come here. Some great European players come here later than 21 years old. If he comes here at 23 years of age, he can still play 15 seasons in the National Hockey League."
Jun 27 - 1:22 PM

Daniil Tarasov will not be at development camp this week as he is still recovering from surgery to remove a benign growth from his right shin.

Tarasov was taken in the third round Saturday but would have gone a lot higher had he not missed the entire season with the illness. Tarasov was thought to have been a first round pick heading into the 2016-17 season but everyone passed on him until the Blue Jackets took a chance with the 86th pick. He will need at least a few years of KHL and/or AHL play to determine if he still is an NHL prospect.
Jun 26 - 8:11 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Alexandre Texier with the 45th pick on Saturday.

The Jackets dealt Keegan Kolesar to the Vegas Golden Knights for the second round pick and took the native of France as their first selection in the 2017 Draft. "We drafted a guy we would have taken in the first round if we had a late first-round pick," Jackets GM Jarmo Kekelainen said. "We feel like we have a very good prospect with him." Texier will not participate in this week's development camp due to a shoulder injury but will decide shortly where he will play next season. The possibilities are in the CHL, Sweden or Finland.
Jun 25 - 8:27 AM

Columbus is thrilled to have Artemi Panarin on the roster.

"Panarin has that dynamic one-on-one ability that we're looking for," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said, "somebody who can create an odd-man situation by beating a guy and creating space with his quickness, a guy who can make something out of nothing." Panarin is projected to soak up playing time on the power play and he is slated to play on a line with Alexander Wennberg.
Jun 24 - 10:53 AM

Tyler Motte will have a chance to crack Columbus' roster in 2017-18.

Motte will compete for a spot on the third or fourth line role after the Blue Jackets lost William Karlsson to the expansion draft. Columbus saw Motte in action at the University of Michigan when they were watching prospect Zach Werenski, so they are familiar with what he can bring to the table.
Jun 24 - 10:40 AM

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has no intention of trying to tinker with Artemi Panarin's game.

The Blue Jackets acquired Panarin from Chicago on Friday as part of a blockbuster trade. Adding Panarin gives the Blue Jackets' a top-level offensive threat as he's breached the 70-point mark in back-to-back campaigns. Tortorella feels that he's too good of a player already to try to alter and he plans to let Panarin simply play his game, potentially on a line with Alexander Wennberg.
Jun 23 - 6:17 PM

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

Broadhurst had 11 goals and 25 points in 52 AHL contests in 2016-17. The 24-year-old forward has yet to play in the NHL.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 23 - 3:13 PM

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Jordan Schroeder from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Dante Salituro.

Schroeder was taken with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but he didn't develop as hoped. He had six goals and 13 points in 37 contests with Minnesota in 2016-17. The Wild were reportedly on the fence about giving him a qualifying offer, so it makes sense that they'd trade him away now.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 23 - 1:44 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Tyler Motte from Chicago.

Motte had 10 goals and 16 points in 43 AHL contests in 2016-17. With Chicago he had four goals and seven points in 33 games. Prior to going pro, the now 22-year-old scored 32 goals and 56 points in 38 contests with the University of Michigan in 2015-16.
Jun 23 - 12:40 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, and a 2017 sixth-round pick in exchange for Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, and a 2018 fifth-round selection.

Panarin, 25, made the transition from the KHL to NHL in 2015-16 and was an immediate success. In two seasons with Chicago he scored a combined 61 goals and 151 points in 162 contests. He did play heavily with Patrick Kane so it will be interesting to see if separating the two now will hurt Panarin's production, but the Blue Jackets are getting a high-end offensive threat regardless.
Jun 23 - 12:35 PM


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