May 18th, 2020
For just the second time in the last four seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets will make a selection in the first round of the NHL Draft. That will afford the team a chance to land one of the best players available in a loaded draft class.
Take nothing away from the Blue Jackets though despite...
May 11th, 2020
NHL teams typically improve in two ways: through the draft and development of young players or trading for or acquiring through free agency experienced players who fill specific needs. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a good position to promote from within and perhaps trade for scoring. The...
The NHL is still holding discussions in an effort to find a way to have the season resume. While nothing definitive has been decided and may not be for some time, some reports have surfaced about what a potential restart could look like. Gary Bettman and others are trying to find any idea they can to make something work.
According to both the New York Post and the Athletic, it is believed that Columbus is being strongly considered to become one of the host cities should the NHL resume in 3-4 cities across North America. (From LeBrun: Inside NHL's Centralized Sites Process and the Latest on a June Draft, Pierre Lebrun, the Athletic, 4/24/20.) (From NHL Hub Cities: Evaluating the Markets Where the Hockey Season Could Resume, Craig Morgan, Michael Russo and Joe Smith, the Athletic, 4/24/20.)
In fact according to the NHL Hub Cities piece in the Athletic, Columbus was their first city listed as a top contender to host other teams should the season resume. That is some very high...
The Columbus Blue Jackets absolutely had to re-sign goalie Elvis Merzlikins. So, successfully getting their potential starter under contract is great news. However, just like how every cloud has a silver lining, the opposite can be true. It is here as well.
Blue Jackets Set in Net?
Undeniably, the Blue Jackets are in a luxurious position from a goaltending standpoint for next season. In addition to having just signed Merzlikins to a two-year, $8 million deal, they also inked Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year, $5.6 million extension.
Elvis Merzlikins - (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)
So, they’re actually in great shape until 2022. After all, Korpisalo earned an All-Star Game selection this past season and Merzlikins enjoyed a stellar campaign, during which he effectively stole the No. 1 spot from the former.
what happens past that point? Both Merzlikins and Korpisalo are set to be
unrestricted free agents once their respective deals expire.
To their credit,...
What was once the biggest question for the Columbus Blue Jackets is suddenly now one of its biggest strengths.
On Thursday, the Blue Jackets agreed to terms with goaltender Elvis Merzlikins on a two-year contract extension that will keep him in Columbus through the 2021-22 season. It's the same term that Joonas Korpisalo recently agreed to. So for the next two seasons barring a trade, the goaltending situation seems set.
This situation went from uncertain to luxurious in just one season. The road to luxurious was not an easy one for the Blue Jackets to get to.
A Quick Recap
The team started the 2019-20 season with two inexperienced goaltenders in the sense that neither had been a full-time starter in the NHL before. The season didn't get off to the start the team hoped for.
At one point, the Blue Jackets sat in the bottom-five of the NHL standings. Merzlikins got a rude welcome to the NHL...
There might not be hockey on the ice at this point. But the Columbus Blue Jackets spent Friday and Monday signing players for next season and beyond.
On Friday, the Blue Jackets gave All-Star goaltender Joonas Korpisalo a two-year extension. Then on Monday, they signed former Sabre and Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year deal that won't take effect until the start of next season whenever that is. (Update: The NHL ruled that the contract violated the CBA. Therefore it could not be registered. The team did release a statement indicating they intend to re-submit the contract on July 1.)
MEDIA ALERT: The Columbus Blue Jackets have issued the following statement regarding the contract of forward Mikhail Grigorenko: #CBJpic.twitter.com/3p1FPIXgNI
For Korpisalo, this is a well deserved raise. He came into the season as the team's number-one goalie for the first time in his career, After an up and down start, Korpisalo won 10 of 13 starts from the end of November until the end of December when he suffered a knee injury. Despite showing...
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