Summer State of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Summer State of the Columbus Blue Jackets

July 6th, 2019 The thing that most fans feared would happen happened. July 1 came. July 1 went. And every Columbus Blue Jacket who was an unrestricted free agent decided to move on. Ouch. We knew this was a possibility ever since the trade deadline. But to see every player walk with no return still stings no...
Blue Jackets Look to Reassemble After Free Agent Losses

Blue Jackets Look to Reassemble After Free Agent Losses

July 2nd, 2019 COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets watched three of their best players leave for other teams on the opening day of free agency and did relatively little to fill the holes. When the dust settled after Monday's comings and goings, many questions ...

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June 23rd, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news now that things have officially ended at the draft tables for 31 NHL franchises. What's next after every team has made their respective picks? The NHL free agency interview process has kicked off. How does that change things? Sabres Trying to Trade Ristolainen Renaud Lavoie is reporting that the Buffalo Sabres are trying to trade defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. They've been trying to all weekend. Rasmus Ristolainen (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports) John Vogl reports that Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill said that he doesn’t anticipate using a buyout to move Ristolainen's contract and that a trade should be doable over the next 24-48 hours. With three years remaining at $5.4 million per season, he's not bad value if he plays first-pairing minutes like he has been in Buffalo. Related: NHL Rumors: Predators, Sharks, Devils, Islanders, More Flames Tried to Add Picks Pat Steinberg reports that Calgary Flames GM...
June 20th, 2019
NHL Entry Draft

The Columbus Blue Jackets enter a very interesting and uncertain next few weeks. It starts with the NHL Entry Draft Friday. Then free agency and the rest of the offseason come quickly behind it. What can we expect from the Blue Jackets? The thing is, I'm not sure anyone outside the walls of Nationwide Arena really knows. That's where our mystery begins. Welcome to our 2019 Columbus Blue Jackets Offseason Guide. Normally, we would do both a draft guide and an offseason guide. But given that the Blue Jackets hold just two picks as of this writing, we are combining the guides into one. The thing that makes the draft very interesting for the Blue Jackets is the amount of cap space they have. According to Cap Friendly, assuming a cap of $82 million, the Blue Jackets have about $30.7 million available to them. Even if the caps goes down to say $81.5 million, the team would still have over $30 million available. They have their own to take care of, but there's still a bunch of room...
June 15th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumors, there are updates out of Carolina, Columbus, Washington, Florida, and Toronto as each team heads towards free agency, the NHL free agent interview period and the NHL Entry Draft. Will the Florida Panthers successfully move James Reimer? Can Toronto move Garret Sparks? What's happening with Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky's rights? Panthers to Move James Reimer James Mirtle is reporting that the Florida Panthers are likely going to trade James Reimer or buy him out. With interest in Sergei Bobrovsky and Robert Luongo already under contract, Reimer becomes a piece that the Panthers don't need and can't afford. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Mirtle wonders if the Calgary Flames could be an option for Reimer. Reimer struggled last season but again, part of why the Panthers want to move him is to go after Sergei Bobrovsky. Florida believes they have a legitimate shot via free agency. The question becomes whether or not they believe...

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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