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NHL Rumors: Panarin, Dumba, Zucker, More

NHL Rumors: Panarin, Dumba, Zucker, More

July 16th, 2018 In today's rumor rundown, the Blue Jackets are no closer on a new contract with Artemi Panarin than they were before meeting the superstar winger on Monday. What does this mean in regard to a trade moving forward? Where do the Minnesota Wild sit with Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker and are the Oilers...
NHL Rumors: Panarin, Larkin, Ellis, More

NHL Rumors: Panarin, Larkin, Ellis, More

July 15th, 2018 In today's rumor rundown, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a bit of business to attend to, the Red Wings are trying to negotiate with Dylan Larkin who appears to be willing to work with the franchise and Nashville's policy to not give out no-trade and no-move clauses could hurt them. Nashville's...

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June 19th, 2018

When a player like Artemi Panarin becomes available on the trade market, every general manager with a pulse should be making a phone call to inquire about the potential cost. As is typically the case in the week leading up to the NHL Draft, rumors, reports and actual transactions are flying as teams are looking to bolster their rosters, be it for the present or for the future. With the Columbus Blue Jackets looking for some security with their roster as they attempt to take the next step and finally win a playoff round and eventually a Stanley Cup, they didn't get much assurance from the 26-year-old Panarin as they tried to discuss a possible contract extension. Related: Panthers Acquire Hoffman From Sharks After Sharks Acquired Hoffman From Senators As Elliotte Friedman mentioned, Panarin has told the Blue Jackets that Panarin isn't ready to consider an extension at this time - he'll be eligible to sign an extension as of July 1, 2018, with his contract expiring in July...
June 16th, 2018
NHL Entry Draft

Welcome to our 2018 Columbus Blue Jackets draft guide. Our guide will get you ready for everything that could happen at the NHL Draft in Dallas. From history to a brief season recap and from full previews to draft pick predictions, you will be thoroughly prepared for what the Blue Jackets could do. Recall last season in Chicago, the Blue Jackets didn't own a first-round pick. They traded it to Vegas as part of the deal that saw them get protections in the expansion draft as well as David Clarkson's contract off the books. As insane as William Karlsson's season turned out, the Clarkson contract completely gone was a big and necessary thing for the Blue Jackets. As we will see over the next two seasons, having that cap hit gone will allow the team to keep core pieces. This season, the Blue Jackets own a total of five picks including their first rounder. They are scheduled to pick 18th, 49th, 80th, 173rd and 204th. You'll notice they do not own a fourth or fifth rounder, for...
May 17th, 2018
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The 2013 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft was one of the most successful drafts in recent Columbus Blue Jackets history. That Blue Jackets draft class has amassed a combined 580 combined NHL games played -- a total that would be higher if multiple untimely injuries had not occurred. Aside from Alexander Wennberg, one of the more tenured Blue Jackets draftees from that class is none other than 23-year-old right-wing Oliver Bjorkstrand, selected by the Blue Jackets at No. 89 overall in the third round. His numbers with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) were very impressive - he tallied 227 points in 128 regular season games, including 113 goals, from 2013 to 2015. This year, Bjorkstrand finally stuck with the Blue Jackets for the full year, and was able to show fans and team personnel alike a glimpse of his potential at the most elite level of the game. As a restricted free agent this offseason, let's take a look at the path Bjorkstrand has...
May 7th, 2018
NHL Entry Draft

The NHL Draft is less than two months away. With the calendar turning to May, it's time to start compiling huge lists of prospects that could hear their name called on the floor of American Airlines Center in Dallas. For the Columbus Blue Jackets, they will pick 18th at the draft assuming they keep their pick. We'll talk about draft strategy and the entire draft for the Blue Jackets in mid-June when we release our annual draft guide. Today in this space, we are going to focus on just the 18th overall pick. Who would the Blue Jackets consider in that spot? If you're new to us or a new fan, the Blue Jackets mantra is simple. They pick their best available player regardless of position or what the media thinks. If you listen closely, I think you can still hear the draft crowd in Buffalo reacting to them picking Pierre-Luc Dubois third overall. Anyways, we are going to list 10 players I think the Blue Jackets will take a strong look at. You won't see names like Rasmus Dahlin,...

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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