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The Columbus Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000 as an expansion franchise alongside the Minnesota Wild. Their first game was a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 7, 2000. For the first 12 years of its history, the team played in the Western Conference before switching to the Eastern Conference for the 2013-14 season. The franchise struggled during the early part of its history and didn’t reach the postseason until 2008-09. In total, the team has made six postseason appearances and has advanced past the first round once. 

NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, Flames, Canadiens

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, there are a lot more details coming to light about the alleged inappropriate request by Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Mike Babcock to go through his player’s phones. The story isn’t as black and white as it was first relayed to be. In Chicago, reports are surfacing that Seth Jones has made it known he’d like to be the team’s next captain. Mikael Backlund spoke to the media upon his arrival to Calgary and noted his position hasn’t changed. Finally, Carey Price confirmed he won’t be returning to the NHL this season and commented on…

Blue Jackets 2023 Offseason Review

With the start of the NHL regular season a little under one month away, we’ll take a look at the offseason changes that have taken place in Columbus. From coaching personnel to draft picks, there have been quite a few moves and we want to make sure The Fifth Line faithfuls are up to speed. Coaching Changes The biggest news around Columbus was the hiring of Mike Babcock as head coach. Babcock was officially announced as the new bench boss by GM Jarmo Kekalainen on July 1. After a three-season hiatus from the NHL, he was highly touted by many…

NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs, Coyotes, Bruins, Blues

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, Mike Babock may have already stepped into trouble as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. A story of questionable conduct has already surfaced there, but, as of yet, there is nothing official from the team on the matter. Meanwhile, Clayton Keller shoots down rumors he demanded a trade or has any knowledge of him being discussed in a deal to Toronto. The Boston Bruins might have their sights set on a Tampa Bay veteran, and the St. Louis Blues might have just lost Torey Krug for part of the season. Mike Babcock Already in…

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Blue Jackets FAQ

What year were the Columbus Blue Jackets founded?

The Columbus Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000 as an expansion franchise alongside the Minnesota Wild.

When did the Columbus Blue Jackets play their first game?

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ first game was a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 7, 2000.

Who is the current head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets?

The Columbus Blue Jackets currently do not have a head coach; however Brad Larsen coached the team in 2022-23.