NHL Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Blue Jackets, College Free Agents, More

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Blue Jackets, College Free Agents, More

April 3rd, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are rumors the New York Rangers have been trying to trade for Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. How realistic is that deal? There is some college free agent buzz and are the Columbus Blue Jackets looking to trade one of their No. 1...
David Savard: Prototypical Blue Jacket

David Savard: Prototypical Blue Jacket

April 2nd, 2020 A natural-born leader. Heart and soul, team-first player, who gives it everything he has on every shift and leaves it all on the ice. We’ve all heard the cliches about pro-athletes for better or for worse. The funny thing is that these players are an important part of every locker room/team...

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March 24th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Columbus Blue Jackets who are working on a long-term deal for one of their young defensemen, there are more and more insiders estimating trouble for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Boston Bruins are thinking long-term about a few players and the NHL GM's are getting together in a conference call Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics. Blue Jackets To Sign Gavrikov Long-Term The Columbus Blue Jackets are supposedly working on a new deal for defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov. Gavrikov has only been under contract with the team for less than a year, but because he burned through the first year of his entry-level pact in the playoffs last season, he will be in need of a new deal this summer.  Vladislav Gavrikov, Columbus Blue Jackets (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jackets focus is a long-term extension as the 24-year-old has been a key part of the blue line for...
March 22nd, 2020
Blue Jackets Transactions

Bread anyone? It’s been approximately 32 months since the Russian sensation and “Bread Man”, Artemi Panarin, was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a move that sent shock waves across the National Hockey League. One year removed from claiming the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league’s best rookie, Panarin was on the move. Related: All-Time Best Player From Every NHL Team Panarin was a key member of the Chicago Blackhawks playing on one of the most productive secondary lines with the one-and-only, Patrick Kane, and fellow Russian, Artem Anisimov. Kane would often say that his own production was a testament to the strong, consistent play of Panarin. That’s quite the compliment from one of the most talented players the league has ever seen. Artemi Panarin, Flyers vs Blackhawks, 12/3/16. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Panarin’s speed, skill set, “soft hands”, and a knack for goal-scoring made him an instant threat in the NHL. It's no surprise...
March 15th, 2020
Long Read

What a crazy, insane season this has been for the Columbus Blue Jackets. It started with stars leaving. As such, the team got off to an awful start. Then add numerous, crushing injuries. And yet, the Blue Jackets currently sit in a wildcard spot on points thanks to several players stepping up at key times. And now, the entire season is on pause. It's fair to say that 2019-20 has been by far the craziest season in franchise history given everything that has happened. But now we wait. When will the season resume if at all? Saturday night, the ECHL announced they've canceled the rest of their regular season and playoffs. https://twitter.com/ECHL/status/1238993352630194176?s=20 While we all wait for the next steps in trying to resume a season, the Blue Jackets like all other NHL teams are healing. If there is one thing this layoff will do, it will provide an opportunity for injured players to possibly make a return if we resume play. That could change the whole dynamic...
March 11th, 2020
Blue Jackets Prospects

Three. That's the number of draft picks that general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and the Columbus Blue Jackets brass had to work with during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The club pushed hard during last year's trade deadline in an attempt to add some meat to their roster in hopes of a deep playoff run. Unfortunately, they fell short, suffering a second-round exit. Thus, resulting in no Stanley Cup and one extremely thin entry draft. Related: Every NHL Team's Top Prospect - Midseason Update It was by no means a perfect scenario. With just two picks in the fourth round and one in the seventh, Blue Jackets fans were gearing up for a very somber weekend. In all honesty, it was nothing special. However, the club managed to draft smart, selecting three players with great potential and addressing some obvious weaknesses within the team's depth chart. Jarmo Kekalainen drafted for quality, not quantity in last June's NHL Entry Draft (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The club managed...

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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