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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. 

NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Bruins, Senators, Flyers, Blue Jackets

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, the Carolina Hurricanes aren’t any closer to signing any of their big-ticket UFAs. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins haven’t even approached Jake DeBrusk about a contract extension. Which teams are interested in trading for Shane Pinto? Finally, after Mike Babcock resigned, what will happen to GM Jarmo Kekalainen in Columbus? No Contract Extension Talks For Hurricanes’ UFAs According to Luke DeCock, writing for the Raleigh News & Observer, Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Don Waddell has revealed that contract negotiations for pending unrestricted free agents (UFAs) Brady Skjei, Brett Pesce, and Teuvo Teravainen have remained dormant since…

Blue Jackets’ Pascal Vincent Best Option to Right the Ship

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a new head coach for the second time in three months, as Mike Babcock has resigned from his position and has been replaced with Pascal Vincent. Vincent is a deserving replacement who had been widely considered the favorite to earn the job prior to Babcock’s surprise hiring. He spent the last two seasons as an associate coach for the Blue Jackets, and prior to that, he was the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose. Vincent may have recently been under Brad Larsen which will undoubtedly concern some fans, however, he spent the…

Blue Jackets Hire Pascal Vincent Following Babcock’s Resignation

The Columbus Blue Jackets made major news as training camp week is about to start. They have made a coaching change. On Sunday afternoon, the Blue Jackets announced that “after much discussion and careful consideration”, the team and Mike Babcock together agreed to begin the process of stepping down effective immediately. In addition, the team announced the hiring of Pascal Vincent as Babcock’s full-time replacement. It is a two-year deal for Vincent with the Blue Jackets. Details of Resignation Once it was announced that the NHLPA was in Columbus to investigate Babcock’s handing of looking at photos on player’s phones,…

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Blue Jackets FAQ

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.