Player News - Blue Jackets

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Artemi Panarin doesn't plan on engaging in any contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets during training camp or the 2018-19 campaign.

In other words, if the Blue Jackets can't sign Panarin to a contract by Sept. 13, then they won't be able to talk to him about it again until the season ends and his contract is effectively over. Panarin can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, so the obvious danger is that Columbus might lose Panarin on the open market like the Islanders recently did with John Tavares, who also didn't want to engage in contract discussions during the season. It's worth noting that Panarin is reluctant to sign a long-term contract with Columbus as it is, so this might actually be more influence when it comes to his trade value than anything. A team acquiring him will want to be able to lock him up and now they know that getting him during the season would likely just be for a rental. With that in mind, the Blue Jackets might want to trade him this summer to maximize their return.
Jul 20 - 1:15 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Ryan MacInnis from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Jacob Graves and a conditional 2019 sixth-round draft pick.

MacInnis had four goals and 14 points in 59 AHL games last season. He was selected with the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 18 - 6:03 PM

As planned, Artemi Panarin did meet with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Monday, but it sounds like that didn't alter Panarin's position.

Panarin reportedly still isn't willing to sign a long-term contract after the 45-minute meeting. He can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019 and his agent has said that while Panarin loves the Blue Jackets, he isn't sure yet if he wants to make an eight-year commitment to Columbus. It puts the Blue Jackets in a somewhat difficult position because while the ideal for them would be to lock up Panarin, they also won't want to watch him walk away for nothing like John Tavares did with the Islanders. Consequently, this situation might end up in a trade if Panarin can't be swayed.
Jul 16 - 9:21 PM

Artemi Panarin and his agent will meet with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Monday.

Panarin is entering the final season of his contract. It seems like there's been some reluctance on his part to re-sign with the Blue Jackets and in a recent interview with The Athletic, his agent specified that the main sticking point is term. Panarin isn't sure if he's ready to commit to eight years in Columbus, but he would have signed a two-year contract by now if that was what was on the table. This meeting could be Kekalainen's opportunity to sell Panarin on the idea of a long-term contract and it might also give the Blue Jackets a better sense of how likely they are to be able to retain Panarin beyond 2018-19. If they aren't confident they can re-sign him, they might try to trade him.
Jul 15 - 1:52 PM

Oliver Bjorkstrand has signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus didn't reveal the financial terms of Bjorkstrand's contract, but it's reportedly worth a total of $7.5 million. He scored 11 goals and 40 points in 82 contests last season. Bjorkstrand was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.
Jul 15 - 12:21 PM

Ryan Murray has accepted the Columbus Blue Jackets' one-year, qualifying offer.

He was taken with the second overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but hasn't developed as hoped, in part due to some bad luck when it's come to injuries. Murray had a goal and 12 points in 44 games last season. His qualifying offer is worth $2.825 million for the 2018-19 campaign.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 14 - 11:15 AM

Artemi Panarin's reluctance to re-sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets is a matter of contract term.

Panarin has one season left before he can become an unrestricted free agent and while he's enjoyed his time with the Blue Jackets, the 26-year-old isn't sure that he wants to commit to spending the bulk of his remaining career with Columbus. "(Panarin’s) biggest thing is … he loves the team, he loves the coach. It’s not the team or the way they treat him. It’s about, does he want to spend the next eight years in Columbus? That’s the only thing at stake right now. If it was a two-year deal we probably would have done it. But it isn’t a two-year deal. It’s gonna have to be an extended, seven- or eight-year deal put in place," Panarin's agent, Daniel Milstein, said. Panarin's reluctance to re-sign led to reports that the Blue Jackets were exploring the trade market, but Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen countered that.
Jul 8 - 4:59 PM

Taylor Chorney has signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss league.

Chorney had a goal and four points in 25 games with Washington and Columbus last season. He has played in 166 career NHL games.
Jul 7 - 4:39 PM

Jeff Zatkoff will play with the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) next season.

Zatkoff posted a 3.22 GAA and .885 save percentage in 17 AHL games last season. The 31-year-old played in 48 career NHL games.
Jul 7 - 2:08 PM

Manny Legace will serve as the Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltending coach.

Legace had previously spent five seasons serving as a goalie coach in the AHL. He also got into 365 games as a goaltender in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 5 - 4:37 PM

Anthony Duclair has reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Duclair had a very encouraging 44-point campaign as a rookie in 2015-16, but his stock has fallen rapidly since then. The Chicago Blackhawks didn't even bother to present the 22-year-old forward a qualifying offer, which meant that he was an unrestricted free agent this summer. Duclair was limited to 11 goals and 23 points in 56 games between Arizona and Chicago last season. He needs to show that he can bounce back.
Jul 5 - 2:41 PM

Boone Jenner has signed a four-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jenner's deal is worth $15 million, which works out to a $3.75 million cap hit. He notched 13 goals, 32 points and 205 hits in 75 games last season.
Jul 5 - 10:45 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Boone Jenner are reportedly close to a four-year contract.

Jenner is a restricted free agent and a four-year deal would consume three years of UFA eligibility. It's not clear what his new cap hit would be, but he's coming off a two-year, $5.8 million contract. He had 13 goals and 32 points in 75 games last season.
Jul 4 - 6:25 PM

Riley Nash has inked a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nash will earn $2.75 million per season. He is coming off a career year with the Bruins that saw him record 15 goals and 41 points in 76 contests. Nash could be a fit as the third-line center of the Blue Jackets.
Jul 1 - 4:03 PM

Dillon Simpson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Simpson had four goals and 18 points in 61 AHL games last season. He appeared in three games with Edmonton in 2016-17 and thus far that's been his only taste of the NHL.
Jul 1 - 2:33 PM


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