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Columnist cautions against holdout for Blue Jackets’ Johansen

Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen is not a holdout. He is a vacationer for 27 more days, until training camp opens on Sept. 18. At the moment, he is not holding out on anything. Also, technically speaking, the term holdout does not apply to him. Holdouts are players who have contracts and refuse to report. That is not Johansen. He is a restricted free agent, and it is his right...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kalamazoo Wings to serve as Blue Jackets' ECHL team

  The Columbus Blue Jackets have reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings, who will serve as their ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season. The K-Wings compete in the ECHL's Western Conference Midwest Division. The club plays its home games at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Blue Jackets also announced that their preseason home opener on Sunday, Sept. 21, against...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets playing dangerous game with Ryan Johansen

For the second consecutive summer, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in a situation where they are faced with retaining a key restricted free agent. A year ago, it was Sergei Bobrovsky, who eventually agreed to a lucrative two-year bridge deal to remain with the team with which he has broken out as one of the league’s top goaltenders. This summer, they are facing the same situation...
Via Puck Drunk Love
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets culture of giving back extends to fans in beautification project

Many early Saturday mornings, Columbus residents are still waking up, but last Saturday had almost 200 Blue Jackets season ticket holders and a large group of Blue Jackets staff hard at work in the Franklinton neighborhood as part of a community beautification project in partnership with Keep Columbus Beautiful. "This is one of the things as Blue Jackets that we do," said...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen remain…at odds…regarding CBJ leading scorer’s worth

Via Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets and their leading scorer, Ryan Johansen, remain a ways apart in terms of contract negotiations: Has there been a thaw in contract negotiations between #CBJ and Ryan Johansen? No. Not at all. Chilly as ever. One month till camp opens. — Aaron...
Via Kukla's Korner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Milano speaks to the fans

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch has Sonny Milano's statement that he made through his agent. August 16, 2014“Since being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NHL Draft in Philadelphia on June 27, I have been asked many times about whether I would continue with my plans to attend Boston College, or play junior hockey instead. In an effort to avoid controversy...
Via Goon's World
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Milano to sign with Columbus Blue Jackets

Sonny Milano has informed @BCHockeyNews that he will sign a professional contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.— BC Hockey (@BCHockeyNews) August 16, 2014This seems to be a re-occurring theme for some of the USNDT players. Like I told someone the other day, until they come on Campus they're a threat to not make it to campus, especially if they were drafted high...
Via Goon's World
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets 1st-rounder Sonny Milano to sign entry-level deal, then play for OHL’s Plymouth Whalers

Per NHL.com, this isn't "Red Wings-related" so it's not going in that blog, but this is a KK Hockey entry that has a very "local" angle for the OHL team that plays all but in my backyard and not too far from the boss. If you needed another reason to go to a Plymouth Whalers game, the team made a very big trade in acquiring Sudbury's Matthew Campagna...
Via Kukla's Korner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets’ 2014 first-round pick Milano to play in OHL?

It looks like Sonny Milano will be headed to the junior hockey ranks rather than college. The 2014 first-round draft choice of the Columbus Blue Jackets (No. 16 overall) originally indicated that he would commit to Boston College for the upcoming season, which likely (but not definitely) would have meant that he’d be there for the next four years. However, according to Rob Mixer...
Via Around The Rink
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Future Outlook: Is Oliver Bjorkstrand the best CBJ Prospect?

With three selections in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft it was clear that Columbus had the opportunity to load the pipeline with high end prospects. All three of those prospects have progressed well since the draft, but a true standout of last season was their 3rd round selection, 89th overall, Oliver Bjorkstrand. He had an outstanding season and some highlights included...
Via BS Hockey
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets: The Ryan Johansen contract saga

It is mid-august and the Columbus Blue Jackets’ top center is without a contract. Earlier this summer, Ryan Johansen called the Jacket’s lack of a long-term offer a “slap in the face.” Now, about a month prior to preseason games, the two sides are reportedly separated by $3 million. Johansen’s agent is likely demanding $6-$7 million per season while Columbus would like...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2013-14 CBJ Season Review: Ryan Murray

Between a breakout season from Ryan Johansen, another dominating year for Bob, and an underrated top tier performance from James Wisniewski, there’s no shortage of great stories to share from last season’s Blue Jackets team. One of my favorite things was the emergence and growth of Ryan Murray. During many games, the #CBJ feed on Twitter would just heap praise at the rookie d...
Via BS Hockey
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Future Outlook: Ryan Collins

Drafted in the 2nd round with the 47th pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Ryan Collins was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 18 year old from Bloomington, Minnesota, is a defenseman, whom the whole front office was especially high on coming into the draft. The projection for this player has been one of the odder evaluations to date. When looking over his numbers; intangibles...
Via BS Hockey
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets trade skates for bikes to participate in Pelotonia

The start of the Blue Jackets regular season is a little over two months away, and players are actively training for the 2014-15 campaign. But this weekend, two players will be taking a break from their regular routine and riding in Pelotonia -€“ a Columbus based bike ride that benefits cancer research at the Ohio State University. "Cancer is something that affects everyone...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Hartnell ready to make impact in Columbus

The Blue Jackets welcomed perhaps their biggest offseason acquisition to town Wednesday when forward Scott Hartnell, who joined the team in a trade for forward RJ Umberger, came to Columbus for a few days to get to know his new team and new city. "I've had a smile ever since (making the decision) saying I was gonna be a Blue Jacket," Hartnell said. The former Philadelphia...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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