Player News - Blue Jackets

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Cam Atkinson skated in full gear Saturday morning.

Atkinson, who is recovering from a fractured foot, skated on his own before practice and then participated in a portion of the Jackets' session. He skated alongside Markus Hannikainen and injured center Brandon Dubinsky (broken orbital bone) during the workout. Although there is no firm timetable for Atkinson's return to action, the Jackets' sniper seems to be getting better.
Jan 21 - 11:48 AM

Head coach John Tortorella has announced that forward Cam Atkinson will travel with the team for their two-game road trip.

It's a good sign that Atkinson is trending in the right direction for suiting up on Tuesday against in Vegas. Even when he does return, it might be best to keep him on the wire considering he has only 13 points in 32 games this season.
Jan 20 - 6:35 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that Markus Hannikainen has been recalled from the AHL.

Hannikainen and Dean Kukan were briefly sent to the AHL, probably for salary cap purposes. Hannikainen has four points in 27 games with no fantasy upside.
Jan 20 - 1:42 PM

The Blue Jackets have assigned forward Markus Hanninkainen to Cleveland of the AHL.

The 24-year-old Hannikainen scored two goals and registered four points in 27 games for Columbus this season and is not really a fantasy factor.
Jan 20 - 10:08 AM

Joonas Korpisalo is on a bit of a hot streak.

The Columbus backup netminder is 4-1 in his last five starts and has a 2.32 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage over that period of time. For those in deep pools, Korpisalo is certainly rosterable.
Jan 20 - 9:53 AM

Artemi Panarin, amongst other things, is a shootout wizard.

The crafty Columbus forward has scored five goals on nine shootout chances this season, which tops the NHL in scoring percentage. Although few hockey pools have shootout goals as a a category, for those that do, Panarin is a must start virtually every night.
Jan 20 - 9:50 AM

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 35 of the 26 shots he faced on Thursday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 in a shootout.

Korpisalo also stopped Alexander Radulov, Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin in the shootout to earn the victory. He made an amazing, highlight-reel save without his stick on Seguin earlier on in the game that got laughs and appreciation from Sergei Bobrovsky during commercial break. Korpisalo is now 5-4-0 on the year with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He has won three of his last five games.
Jan 18 - 10:28 PM

Artemi Panarin scored the shootout winner on Thursday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1.

Since his goal came in the shootout, his four-game point streak came to an unfortunate end. Nevertheless, the Blue Jackets' forward has 12 goals and 38 points in 47 games this season and has impressed his new club.
Jan 18 - 10:22 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will have Joonas Korpisalo in goal tonight against the Dallas Stars.

It's Korpisalo's first start since he allowed five goals in a 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on New Year's Eve. He will come into tonight's contest with a 4-4-0 record with a 3.10 GAA and a .904 save percentage this campaign.
Jan 18 - 7:06 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will scratch Markus Hannikainen tonight against the Dallas Stars.

Hannikainen is a depth forward averaging less than eight minutes a game and has picked up four points in 27 games so far. Ryan Murray (back), Brandon Dubinsky (fractured orbital bone), Cam Atkinson (broken foot) and Sonny Milano (oblique) will also miss the game due to their respective injuries.
Jan 18 - 6:50 PM

Jack Johnson confirmed that he requested a trade.

"It's never good to let things fester, hold everything in," Johnson said. "I've been holding a lot of things in for many years here. Yeah, it's out. I own it, and I have nothing to hide. That's the situation. Like I said before, you're just trying to do what's best for your family … I think any husband or father can relate to that." Johnson is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and he's looking to sign what could be his last big contract. Meanwhile, his role with the Blue Jackets has declined this season, in part due to his inconsistent play, so he feel that an opportunity elsewhere might be best for him. As far as Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is concerned, he trusts Johnson and understands where the blueliner is coming from. It doesn't seem like Johnson's trade request will make things awkward and as long as he's with the Blue Jackets, he should continue to do his best.
Jan 18 - 3:10 PM

Joonas Korpisalo will probably start for the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

That hasn't been confirmed, but Korpisalo was the first goaltender off the ice following the morning skate and that's usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. It would be Korpisalo's first start since Dec. 31.
Jan 18 - 12:06 PM

Ryan Murray's upper-body injury is a back problem.

Murray was on the ice for a single drill during Wednesday's practice. It doesn't seem like he's close to returning.
Jan 18 - 12:04 PM

Cam Atkinson (foot) did some skating and shooting before practice on Wednesday.

This marks Atkinson's first time on the ice since he was injured back in late December. He hasn't played since Dec. 23.
Jan 17 - 3:34 PM

Tyler Motte has been called up by Columbus.

The Blue Jackets made the move after Sonny Milano was placed on injured reserve. Motte has three goals and one assist in 29 NHL appearances this season.
Jan 17 - 1:38 PM


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