BLUE JACKETS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jackets' GM hedges on Finn-ished products in NHL draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) When it comes to the NHL draft, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is team first, nation second. Though he's from Finland, Kekalainen has never been a member of an NHL team's scouting staff that has selected a Finnish-born player in the first round. And that trend might extend to Friday, when the Blue Jackets have the third pick in a draft...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Looking to Move Up in NHL Draft: Report

For some people, third just isn’t good enough. And while the third overall pick is certainly good enough when it comes to Friday’s NHL Draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets are still looking to move up to the first or second overall picks – according to the Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline is reporting that the Jackets have spoken with both the Toronto Maple Leafs...
Via The Hockey Writers
19 hours ago

Columbus Extends William Karlsson

The Columbus Blue Jackets have given forward William Karlsson a two-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. Multiple reports peg the deal with a $1 million AAV and $1 million actual cash in both seasons. “William Karlsson made great strides in his first NHL season and we believe that he is just beginning to come into his own as a player,” said general manager Jarmo...
Via The Hockey Writers
20 hours ago

Rumor Roundup: Blue Jackets’ Foligno could be dealt to open cap space in Columbus

The Chicago Blackhawks wasted little time shedding salary following the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Last Thursday, they shipped forwards Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes for two draft picks. They won’t be the only cap-strapped team trying to free up salary-cap space over the next couple of weeks. With over $66 million invested in their payroll...
Via The Hockey News
4 days ago

Bjorkstrand Ready to Be the next Great Forward for Blue Jackets

Every team needs a skilled forward to anchor them up front. A guy who can play both ends of the ice. A guy who can go head-to-head with the other teams’ elite players. A leader on and off the ice. Someone who can score a big goal and clear the defensive zone when called upon. In Columbus, it was supposed to be Ryan Johansen. But after a rough start to the season and constant conflict...
Via The Hockey Writers
7 days ago

Should the Columbus Blue Jackets trade their top draft pick?

Future organizational cornerstones are there for the taking in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  As front offices scramble to finalize what they’d like to do in the draft, the lingering idea of trading a top pick to acquire immediate help in the NHL is always in question. This year’s draft class is unique in the fact that there are three players who could be the No. 1 overall pick...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

CBJ prospect Bjorkstrand lifts Monsters to Calder Cup title in thrilling Game 4

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Oliver Bjorkstrand scored with 1.9 seconds left in the first overtime and the Lake Erie Monsters won their first Calder Cup title, beating the Hershey Bears 1-0 on Saturday night to sweep the American Hockey League championship series. Anton Forsberg made 23 saves for Lake Erie, the Columbus Blue Jackets' top farm club. Lake Erie was 15-2 in the playoffs, the best...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Hartnell agreed to waive no-move clause for several teams

Scott Hartnell’s name popped up quite a bit prior to the trade deadline, but nothing ever panned out and he closed out the season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. That may change this summer as Hartnell has reportedly agreed to waive his no-move clause for a “decent-sized list” of teams. Via Sportsnet.ca: According to sources, Hartnell, who has a no-move clause, has agreed...
Via Puck Drunk Love
12 days ago  |  Discuss

5 moves the Columbus Blue Jackets should make this offseason

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the middle of an important offseason. The decisions made in the next few months will impact the near and distant future of the organization. With expectations low yet again, it’s time to re-shape the team. Here are five offseason moves that would make sense for the Blue Jackets: Lock up Seth Jones long term Acquired in a blockbuster trade in...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets: Take AHL success with a grain of salt

Fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization are in the middle of history. The Blue Jackets, nor their AHL team, has ever made it to the final round of the playoffs.  However, the Lake Erie Monsters have recently changed that. Hockey minds all over Columbus are buzzing about the young Blue Jacket prospects that may make their way to Nationwide Arena in the near future. Despite...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets GM Kekalainen Back From IIHF

Bob Mcelligott sat down with Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen upon his return from the IIHF World Championships this week taking in the performance of his players including captain Nick Foligno for the United States, and forward Boone Jenner and defenceman Ryan Murray who are representing Canada. The Jackets strong presence in the World Championships is because...
Via Beyond The Benches
May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

A win for the Blue Jackets…

Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images…Jesse Puljujarvi In a season full of disappointment, the Columbus Blue Jackets scored a victory in the draft lottery selection.  The Blue Jackets were sitting in the 4th position going into the pulling of the ping pong balls. Is it not amazing how much the order a few ping pong balls can influence several different NHL organizations?  If the so...
Via The Hockey Guys
May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Is it time for the Blue Jackets to trade Sergei Bobrovsky?

What should the Columbus Blue Jackets do with Bob? The Blue Jackets long had a goalie carousel of underachievers that ended with Steve Mason imploding. Acquiring Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers for three draft picks instantly brought the team much-needed stability between the pipes. Bobrovsky joined the league’s elite netminders when he burst onto the scene in...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets' Jared Boll suspended for 4 games

NEW YORK (AP) Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll was suspended for four games without pay by the NHL on Thursday for interference against Philadelphia forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Boll was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for the blind-side hit in the second period of Columbus' 3-2 shootout victory Tuesday night. He's considered a repeat...
Via Associated Press
March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Jared Boll ejected for blindside hit on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Video)

Columbus Blue Jackets right winger Jared Boll was ejected from Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia for laying out Flyers right winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare with a blindside hit.It happened at the 3:26 mark of the second period as Bellemare was chasing the puck out of the Flyers zone with his head down. Boll had Bellemare lined up and laid him out, leading to a scrum as...
Via Holdout Sports
March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Mats Zuccarello helps New York Rangers fan land prom date

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello notched an assist during Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden, but you won’t find it on the stats sheet. This helper instead came when Zuccarello noticed a sign during pregame warmups being held by 18-year-old Rangers fan Vinny Mutone, who had a very specific favor to ask the NHLer: He needed...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets pay tribute to Seinfeld with game day poster

The Columbus Blue Jackets have released some incredible game day posters this season, but this one released ahead of their matchup against the New Jersey Devils takes the cake. This tribute to Seinfeld is brilliant and would even make David Puddy proud. Who can forget Puddy’s insane love for the Devils? High five! Great scene and an amazing poster by the Blue Jackets.   The...
Via The Comeback
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Here comes the deadline…Columbus Blue Jackets style

What do the Columbus Blue Jackets have in store in the near future? (USA Today Sports) With the playoffs lost for another season, it is time to retool or reconfigure the roster of the Blue Jackets.  The 0-8 start basically ended the season before it even started for Central Ohio hockey fans.  Many fans and hockey experts expected the CBJ to be a playoff team but again the train...
Via The Hockey Guys
February 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Carrie Underwood trolls Ryan Johansen for kissing stick

Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen was caught on television kissing his hockey stick Saturday night, and one of his teammate’s wives decided to troll him mercilessly over it. That player’s wife happened to be country music star Carrie Underwood. Underwood, who is married to Predators forward Mike Fisher, tweeted several versions of the same video with different songs...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 14, 2016  |  Discuss

The Ryan Johansen-Seth Jones trade thus far

The NHL's first major trade this season came earlier this month when the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators swapped star players. Columbus gave up a star forward in Ryan Johansen, and the Nashville Predators gave up a star defenseman in Seth Jones. It’s been a month since the trade happened, and it’s time to see how each player has impacted his respective team...
Via The Sports Quotient
February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

The NHL may change All-Star voting after John Scott

John Scott is in the All-Star Game. It’s a reality now and people are still double and triple checking that this is still taking place. While fans are enjoying the fact Scott will participate in the new 3-on-3 format, the NHL doesn’t want a situation like this to arise again which is why they are taking measures to eliminate that possibility. Elliotte Friedman broke it down...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen will be a healthy scratch tonight

Star Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen is expected to be a healthy scratch tonight for the team's game against the Arizona Coyotes. #CBJ Johansen will be a healthy scratch tonight — Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 17, 2015 Johansen, who has six goals and 16 assists on the season, appears to be in head coach John Tortorella's doghouse. Tortorella benched his...
Via Yardbarker
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson decides not to sue parents over bankruptcy

It’s not every day someone makes news by deciding NOT to sue his own parents, but Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is a special circumstance. According to TSN, Johnson will not to sue his parents after alleging they forced him into bankruptcy by taking out high-interest loans in his name without his knowledge. From TSN: Johnson shocked the hockey world nearly a year...
Via The Comeback
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Jack Johnson won't sue parents over bankruptcy

It can't be easy having a public squabble over money, let alone one with your parents. That has been the case over the last year for Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, who had to file for bankruptcy due to a heaping amount of debt — a debt that Johnson alleges was caused by his parents. But the Blue Jacket decided not to sue is parents over the matter, Rick Westhead...
Via Yardbarker
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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