Prospects News & Rumors: Foerster, Zboril, Marchenko & Miftakhov

Prospects News & Rumors: Foerster, Zboril, Marchenko & Miftakhov

October 15th, 2020 The Philadelphia Flyers quickly signed their top pick from last week’s draft. The Boston Bruins have been impressed with one of their defensive prospects and have rewarded him accordingly. One of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ top prospects is back on the ice and showing he is no worse for wear....
Blue Jackets Offseason Receives Mixed Reviews

Blue Jackets Offseason Receives Mixed Reviews

October 12th, 2020 Many in the hockey world myself included thought the Columbus Blue Jackets were on the verge of something big. It was easy to see why. In advance of the opening of NHL Free Agency, the Blue Jackets traded two of their defensemen for what seemed like pennies on the dollar. Ryan Murray went...
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October 9th, 2020
Vegas Golden Knights

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is a ton of talk as teams head towards NHL free agency in a couple of hours. Thursday saw some action on the trade front and Thursday evening there was even more talk about trades that could come before the market opened. There was also buzz about teams that might have targets they were keying in on as the free agency bell range to open the bidding. The Jets and Golden Knights Working on a Stastny Deal During Thursday's TSN insiders trading episode, Darren Dreger and Frank Seravalli spoke about a deal that might have been cooking between the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights. It was one that might help the Jets land the second-line center they coveted and a deal that would help the Golden Knights shed salary after attempts to move Marc-Andre Fleury had failed. Paul Stastny, Vegas Golden Knights (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Seravalli noted the Jets were looking at reacquiring Paul Stastny. He has one more season on a $6.5...
October 8th, 2020

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded defenceman Ryan Murray to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round pick in 2021. This move followed the earlier buyout of 26-year-old forward Alexander Wennberg and the trade of defenceman Markus Nutivaara to the Florida Panthers. With those moves, they cleared a total of $11.1 million in cap space. Murray has spent his entire career with the Blue Jackets after being selected second overall in the 2012 draft. In seven injury-riddled seasons, he posted 15 goals and 110 points in 347 games. Murray has one year remaining on his contract, originally signed in 2019, that carries a $4.6 million cap hit. He now joins a Devils' team that is looking to bounce back from an abysmal season in 2019-20. As a left-defenceman, he could partner with PK Subban to form a very strong top-pairing. He will likely play on the power play as well, and be counted upon to eat up a lot of minutes...
October 8th, 2020
Washington Capitals

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news that the Vancouver Canucks haven't given up on goaltender Jacob Markstrom while in Washington, the Capitals are believed to be the favorites to land a different veteran netminder. The Edmonton Oilers are believed to have eyes on a couple of names and both Taylor Hall and Anthony Duclair and taking a unique approach when it comes to to NHL free agency. Blue Jackets to Buyout Alexander Wennberg A number of sources are reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets have decided to waive and buyout Alexander Wennberg. He's another player in a long line of waiver wire stars that could be important pieces for another team. Alexander Wennberg, Columbus Blue Jackets, Feb. 22, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, notes, "There will be no shortage of suitors for Alexander Wennberg when he hits free agency on Friday. He’s an exceptional defensive player, positionally sound and really smart/strong on the...
October 8th, 2020
Previews and Predictions

The 2020 NHL Draft has come and gone. For the Columbus Blue Jackets, they were right in the middle of all the action. Their draft day started with a big bang. Josh Anderson and the Blue Jackets were unable to reach an agreement. Therefore he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for center Max Domi and a third-round pick in this draft. Related: Blue Jackets/Canadiens Trade Risk for Both Sides The Blue Jackets were always looking for a top-six center. If Anderson was going to go in any deal, that had to be in the return. This deal was rumored for some time given the fit on each side. In the end, it's a good hockey trade for both sides. The Blue Jackets get a number-two center behind Pierre-Luc Dubois who can help on their power play. The Canadiens get a power forward on the wing who is a physical presence. Domi and the Blue Jackets then agreed to a two-year, $10.6 million contract that takes him right to UFA status. He will get $4.6 million this season and $6 million...

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Two days after Wednesday's NHL Awards Ceremony and Las Vegas Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will commence. The now 31 NHL teams will gather inside the United Center in Chicago in efforts to rebuild, or build upon, their rosters by selecting teenagers they feel will help their team in the... June 23rd, 2017