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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. 

Blue Jackets & Rangers Could Be Pursuing Same Head Coaches

The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers are both still without a head coach with just four weeks left until the NHL Draft. While each team doesn’t have to rush to make their decisions, it’s curious that both teams are still searching given how close things seemed to be earlier on. Many believed that the Blue Jackets were the closest to naming their next head coach. GM Jarmo Kekalainen said they wanted to have their head coach “sooner rather than later.” He’s back from the World Championships and information remains locked down with each passing day. Meanwhile the Rangers…

Blue Jackets News & Rumors: Coaching Search, Malatesta & More

We’re down to the last two games of the Men’s Hockey World Championships. With that, we can finally start the clock on the Columbus Blue Jackets and their huge decision at head coach. Canada defeated Latvia 4-2 while Germany upset the United States in overtime 4-3. Canada and Germany will faceoff for the gold medal while Latvia and the United States will play for bronze. GM Jarmo Kekalainen has been at this tournament. But that hasn’t stopped the Blue Jackets from conducting interviews. Latest on Coaching Search If this feels like it’s dragging on, it’s because it is. However the…

Former Blue Jackets Shine in 2023 Playoffs

The Columbus Blue Jackets are once again absent from the post-season. After a tumultuous run, they finished second-last in the standings, effectively banishing fans from Nationwide Arena in early April for the third straight year. Despite that, there are some former Blue Jackets that are still in the hunt and who’ve been performing quite admirably. Let’s have a look at the brightest stars. Bobrovsky, Duclair & Zito – Florida Panthers The Florida Panthers are in the Eastern Conference Final, thanks in large part to three former Blue Jackets, two of them on the ice and one of them in the…

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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.