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BLUE JACKETS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jackets tap Nick Foligno as first captain in 3 years

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Nick Foligno served as a captain for the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus. Now he'll wear the ''C'' for the Blue Jackets. The 27-year-old Foligno was announced Wednesday as the club's first captain in almost three years. None was selected after the Blue Jackets dealt Rick Nash to the New York Rangers in July 2012. Foligno, acquired not long after that traded in...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets reportedly pick Foligno as captain

The Blue Jackets' three-year stretch without a captain has come to an end. According to numerous media reports, Nick Foligno has been selected as the sixth captain in franchise history and will be announced as such at a news conference Wednesday morning. The announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern time and can be viewed on FOXSportsOhio.com.   Foligno was a first-time All...
Via Fox Sports
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Hire Chris MacFarland as Assistant GM

This afternoon the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland was leaving the Blue Jackets organization in order to take on the same Assistant GM role with the Colorado Avalanche. MacFarland spent 16 years with the Blue Jackets organization and was eventually promoted to the role of Assistant GM in 2008. According to Aaron Portzline at the Columbus...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets will name new captain next week

The Columbus Blue Jackets have decided who will be their next captain and they plan to announce the decision next week on Wednesday, May 20th. The team sent the announcement via email to season ticket holders and it was later confirmed by the media. Puck-rakers: #CBJ will announce a captain next week http://t.co/TQnEpGia3Z — Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) May 15, 2015 The Blue...
Via Puck Drunk Love
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets offseason needs

For 29 NHL franchises, the off-season is a time for reflection and change. Even the eventual Stanley Cup champion will undergo some level of change in an effort to stay on top. However, the team that remains standing after the brutality of playoff hockey can look back knowing they did at least one thing better […] The post Columbus Blue Jackets offseason needs appeared first on Along the Boards.
Via Along the Boards
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Draft could get crazy at No. 8 for Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets aren't getting Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in this summer's draft. That became the unfortunate reality for Columbus when the draft lottery balls came up in favor of Edmonton, keeping the Blue Jackets at No. 8 in the draft order. And assuming they stay at No. 8 (rather than trading up), the Jackets aren't getting top-ranked defenseman Noah Hanifin, either.But beyond...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets finish draft list

The Columbus Blue Jackets held their scouting this past week to put together their final list of players heading into the 2015 NHL draft. The Blue Jackets scouts convened in a makeshift office in an arena suite this past week to put together the official list that they are looking to follow and stick to in this upcoming draft. Columbus is currently set to select eighth overall, as...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets: Year in review

I tend to judge a team’s success by whether or not they made the playoffs, and if so, how far did they go. The Columbus Blue Jackets cannot be held to that same standard for evaluation this year in what was one of their strangest seasons yet. The Blue Jackets entered the season as one of the league’s brightest teams bound to have a breakout season after a playoff push the year...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

World Championship Preview: Yup, Russia is THAT Good

Martin Rose, Getty ImagesGoalies: One thing that many teams don’t have is a big name number one goalie. While Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t steal much of the NHL spotlight this year due to the amount of injuries the Columbus Blue Jackets occurred this season, when he is on the top of his game, he’s one of the best in the world. Some solid evidence of that is that even though the...
Via The Hockey House
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating Columbus dCorsi Impact

It can be difficult to fully evaluate a player using advanced stats, partially because there are so many variables to consider. One can be a Corsi Genius, yet only be playing six or seven minutes a night against fourth line competition with a massive swing of offensive zone face-offs. Due to this, it’s been very difficult to develop a “catch-all” stat to evaluate a player...
Via BS Hockey
22 days ago  |  Discuss

CBJ Announces New AHL Affiliation With In-State Lake Erie Monsters

When John H. McConnell founded the Columbus Blue Jackets, his mission was to establish and expand the brand of hockey starting with the state capital of Ohio, and he’d probably be even happier today. On Thursday April 23, current Blue Jackets owner John P. McConnell, President of Hockey Operations John Davidson and General Manager Jarmo Kekäläinen took Mr. McConnell’s dream...
Via Beyond The Benches
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets: First round draft options

Drama has continued throughout the past month in the NHL with more storylines than the league could have possibly hoped for. The draft lottery proved to be no different with the Edmonton Oilers ending up with the first pick over the Buffalo Sabres, winning the prize of Connor McDavid. The Columbus Blue Jackets ended up in the spot that was expected for them to be in, set to draft...
Via isportsweb.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on the CBJ Captaincy

I am doing what I said I wasn’t going to do: talk about the CBJ captaincy at great length. Oof. Yuck. The topic that never seems to go away is about to be breached for the first time on Buckeye State Hockey dot com. Let us break down the candidates, eh? Nick Foligno The front runner in the race for captain, Foligno has all the tools anyone could ever ask for as a fan of the Blue...
Via BS Hockey
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Productivity – Defensemen

Determining the value of an NHL player has taken on new meaning with the emergence of advanced stats, or “fancy stats” as some refer to them. Using production value (PROD) I took a look at the Columbus Blue Jackets forwards here. Using PROD to measure defensemen only provides part of the story given it is […] The post Columbus Blue Jackets Player Productivity – Defensemen...
Via Along the Boards
26 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Official: Lake Erie Monsters become Blue Jackets affiliate

In what has been described as a natural fit multiple times, the Lake Erie Monsters officially announced today that they will be the AHL affiliate to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Lake Erie Monsters currently play their games in Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The benefits of this partnership will be plentiful and the beginning of it started today at a press conference...
Via BS Hockey
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets led the NHL with 502 man-games lost due to injury

Every NHL team has to deal with injuries over the course of the regular season. Though it seems like fans of every team claim to have dealt with the most or the worst injuries, the handy “man-games lost due to injury” statistic reveals which teams had the worst luck when it comes to the injury bug. Via the Columbus Dispatch (with help from Man Games Lost), the Columbus Blue Jackets...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Productivity – Forwards

View image | gettyimages.com With the emergence of advanced stats, or “fancy stats” as some refer to them, front office personnel and fans alike have more tools to evaluate a player’s performance than ever before. Possession, usage or quality of competition statistics have added a level of detail beyond just merely goals, assists and plus/minus. Ultimately […] The post Columbus...
Via Along the Boards
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: Ryan Johansen barely moves, scores shootout goal

We’ve seen a lot of crazy shootout goals this season which have featured intricate, complicated and amazing moves. In the case of Ryan Johansen, sometimes less is more. Johansen essentially unplugs before nudging the puck past Jaroslav Halak. (H/T Reddit Hockey) The post GIF: Ryan Johansen barely moves, scores shootout goal appeared first on Puck Drunk Love.
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Hartnell Scores Hat Trick, Leads Columbus to 5-3 victory

Scott Hartnell #43 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates his hat-trick goal with teammates Dalton Prout #47, Fedor Tyutin #51 and Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Tuesday’s matchup saw the Anaheim Ducks take on a Columbus Blue Jackets team that had won six out of their...
Via The Sports Journal
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Jordan Leopold traded to Wild after daughter writes heartbreaking letter

NHL journeyman Jordan Leopold was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Minnesota Wild on Monday. His 11-year-old daughter may have helped orchestrate the deal. A member of Leopold family shared a hand-written letter with KFAN that Leopold’s daughter Jordyn wrote to the Wild during their losing streak in January. Parts of it were...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL player traded after daughter's heartbreaking letter

Jordan Leopold’s daughter is one happy camper following Monday’s NHL trade deadline. The 34-year-old defenseman is heading back to his native Minnesota after the Columbus Blue Jackets dealt him to the Wild for a draft pick and Justin Falk. The move comes just a couple of months after his 11-year-old daughter requested the trade in adorable fashion. According to Minnesota radio...
Via NESN.com
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets make move at goaltender

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Oscar Dansk from the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons and assigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to the club's AHL affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Dansk, 20, has posted a 7-5-5 record with a 3.46 goals against average and .833 save percentage in 19 games with Springfield...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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