Columbus Blue Jackets

Agent: Torts ‘should be among the top-paid coaches’ in the NHL
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Last season started with John Tortorella as the early favorite to be the first coach fired. By the end of June, however, he was the Jack Adams Award winner as the league’s coach of the year. The Columbus Blue Jackets underwent quite a transformation, setting single-season franchise records in wins (50) and points (108), while […]

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Unlikely comeback? Stars hand R.J. Umberger tryout offer
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Ken Hitchcock once again becoming head coach of the Dallas Stars might not be the least likely “comeback” associated with the team during this turbulent off-season. Not if R.J. Umberger can rejuvenate his career. The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline

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Nationwide Arena considers 'user fee' ticket surcharge
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Nationwide Arena, which turns a small operating profit and is the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, would consider imposing a "user fee" if major repairs were needed. Don Brown, executive director of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, said Wednesday that a ticket tax would be considered to make those who use the arena […]

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In ‘unforgiving’ NHL, Tortorella demands more of Blue Jackets
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Last summer, John Tortorella ruffled some feathers – and maybe lit some fires – in sending a letter demanding that Columbus Blue Jackets come to training camp ready to go. Postmarked from Blue Jackets headquarters and individually addressed to each player, the single-typed page bluntly spelled out the road ahead. Apparently this off-season’s version of […]

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Report: Kovalchuk to play in KHL next season
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Ilya Kovalchuk’s long-rumored NHL return has been put on ice. Per the New York Post, Kovalchuk has opted to play in the KHL next season. The news comes after weeks of speculation about him returning to North America, with a number of interested suitors — including the Rangers and Blue Jackets — being bandied about.

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Golden Knights sign goalie Oscar Dansk to one-year contract
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The Vegas Golden Knights added another goalie to their system on Monday with the signing of free agent Oscar Dansk to a one-year contract. Dansk was drafted in the second-round by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012 but never played a game in the NHL for the team. The 23-year-old goalie spent the past two […]

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Oilers promote Howson to vice president of player development
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The Edmonton Oilers made a change to their front office on Sunday when they promoted Scott Howson to their vice president of player development. After that he took over the Columbus Blue Jackets as their general manager. After struggling to put together a consistently competitive team they parted ways, paving the way for Howson to […]

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Wild re-sign Reilly for two years, $1.45 million
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The Minnesota Wild announced on Monday afternoon that they have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year contract that will pay him $1.45 million through the end of the 2018-19 season. The Wild were able to sign him in 2015 after the Columbus Blue Jackets, who drafted him in the third-round of […]

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Report: Rangers, Jackets, Leafs are on Kovalchuk’s ‘wish list’
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As of noon ET, Ilya Kovalchuk can officially sign a contract with the New Jersey Devils. It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up because there have also been rumblings about him going back to the KHL next season.

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‘It was mutually beneficial for us to part ways’: Hartnell not bitter about exit from Columbus
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The marriage between Scott Hartnell and the Columbus Blue Jackets lasted exactly three seasons. Instead of feeling bitter about the way things ended in Columbus, the 35-year-old couldn’t have been more understanding. “I think it was mutually beneficial for us to part ways,” Hartnell said, per the Columbus Dispatch.

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Report: Jackets offer Ryan Murray as part of package to get Duchene
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The Blue Jackets have reportedly offered defenseman Ryan Murray as part of a package to get forward Matt Duchene out of Colorado. Per Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Jackets would also include another roster player, prospect, or draft

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So long, Scotty — Blue Jackets buy out Hartnell
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have bought out Scott Hartnell. The 35-year-old winger now becomes an unrestricted free agent. For the Jackets, the buyout will cost them a $1.5 million cap hit this coming season, a $3 million hit the following season, and consecutive $1.25 million hits in the two seasons after that.

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