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Brandon Saad ranks second on the Blue Jackets in playoff experience.

Of course, all 67 of those games were with the Blackhawks. What’s noteworthy is that Saad is only 22 years old, and trails Scott Hartnell, who is 33, by 24 games on the list. This underscores the relatively little playoff experience the Blue Jackets have on their roster, though it has grown in recent seasons with several additions. Brandon Dubinsky and his 37 games are first among team holdovers. The Blue Jackets have reached the playoffs twice in their 14 seasons.
Jul 26 - 5:36 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Michael Chaput to a one-year/two-way contract.

Chaput played 33 games for the Blue Jackets last season and the 23-year-old had a goal and four helpers but was sent to the minors on January 6 and was not recalled. He will make $650,000 in the NHL next season, if he sticks.
Jul 23 - 5:24 PM

The Blue Jackets are not panicking after the disappointment of last season.

They finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 42-35-5 record, primarily because of their rash of injuries. They led the NHL with 508 man-games lost last season. It's why president of hockey operations John Davidson is optimistic for this year. "It's behind us now," Davidson said. "You hear what people say about our team, and a lot of people are excited to see what this group can do if we stay healthy. What we endured last season … it's something I've never seen before, and I don't ever want to go through it again. But it's behind us now." They did not make any changes to their medical/training/conditioning staff. "We've studied our doctors, we've studied our trainers, we've studied how our players are conditioned," Davidson said. "It's just flat-out bad luck what we went through last season."
Jul 19 - 3:49 PM

The Blue Jackets lost 508 man-games to injuries last season, a franchise record by more than 100 games and tops in the NHL.

President of hockey operations John Davidson, however, has concluded that it was a case of "bad luck" rather than a problem with team staff. "We’ve studied our doctors, we’ve studied our trainers, we’ve studied how our players are conditioned," Davidson said. "It’s just flat-out bad luck what we went through last season."
Jul 19 - 11:34 AM

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen reiterated again that getting Ryan Murray back healthy is a key to the upcoming season.

Murray, the team’s second-overall pick in 2012, played in only 12 games last season because of injuries. He had three points. "To me, getting him healthy would be the best addition any team has made this summer," Kekalainen said. "It would make a huge difference for us."
Jul 12 - 3:09 PM

Matt Calvert's newly signed three-year contract is worth $6.6 million.

Calvert will earn $1.5 million next season, $2.2 million in 2016-17, and $2.9 million in the final campaign of the deal. He was a restricted free agent after completing his previous two-year, $1,975,000 contract.
Jul 9 - 10:38 AM

Matt Calvert has agreed to a three-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The financial details of the contract were not disclosed. Calvert was a restricted free agent, but he declined to file for salary arbitration. He had 13 goals and 23 points in 56 contests in 2014-15. "Matt Calvert is a heart and soul player, who works hard on and off the ice and is a relentless competitor at both ends of the rink," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "He's been an important contributor to our team and we are excited that he will continue to be a part of our organization moving forward."
Jul 9 - 10:13 AM

Kole Sherwood's newly signed entry-level contract can pay him $833,333 annually in the NHL.

Sherwood will also receive a $250,000 signing bonus. It's a decent sized contract given that he wasn't selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and was only signed by Columbus after the fact. He's expected to play for OHL London in 2015-16. It's worth noting that he also has the potential to be a fan favorite someday as he was born in Columbus.
Jul 9 - 9:52 AM

Matt Calvert is reportedly close to agreeing to terms with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Calvert, who is a restricted free agent, passed on the opportunity to file for salary arbitration. He had 13 goals and 23 points in 56 games last season.
Jul 7 - 5:18 PM

Kole Sherwood has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sherwood wasn't selected during the 2015 draft, but he'll be attached to an NHL club regardless. He's also signed with OHL London, which is the team he's projected to play for throughout the 2015-16 campaign.
Jul 7 - 9:38 AM

Oscar Dansk will be heading to Sweden to get his career back on track.

Dansk's first pro experience in North America was far from a success. The 21-year-old split time in the AHL and ECHL. He posted goals-against-averages of over 3.50 for both the Springfield Falcons and Kalamazoo Wings. "I got away from my game a little bit because I felt like I wasn’t playing really well, so (I) tried to find a solution," Dansk said. "I maybe should have just built on my game and made it stronger. I got away from my game, which probably hurt me in the long run."
Jul 6 - 12:31 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named former NHLer Jarkko Ruutu as their European player development coach.

Ruutu retired from hockey in December after playing the last three seasons in the Finnish SM-liiga. He played 652 NHL games with Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Anaheim and GM Jarmo Kekalainen is looking forward to having Ruutu work with the Blue Jacket prospects. "I absolutely want a person and a player like Jarkko around our young guys," Kekalainen said. "This is a guy who worked his (butt) off and did everything he could to get to the league and stay there. His work ethic earned him everything he’s got. There’s a great lesson there."
Jul 5 - 5:17 AM

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


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