Player News - Blue Jackets

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Anthony Duclair picked up an assist in Monday night's 4-1 preseason loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Duclair fed a nice little pass over to David Savard in traffic to cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1, but that was as close as Columbus would come. Duclair started training camp on the fourth line, alongside Sonny Milano and Riley Nash and will likely need a camp injury to push himself into Columbus' established top-nine.
Sep 17 - 10:17 PM

Fedor Tyutin will join the Columbus Blue Jackets' coaching staff.

Tyutin had 55 goals and 264 points in 872 games with the New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Colorado Avalanche. He began his career with the Rangers, but ended up playing in 553 contests with Columbus.
Sep 17 - 6:45 PM

Jared Boll is joining the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant development coach.

Boll announced the end of his playing career over the summer. He was a veteran of 579 games, with 518 of them coming with the Blue Jackets.
Sep 17 - 6:42 PM

Ryan Murray needs to stay healthy this season after a couple of injury-plagued seasons.

It has actually been three of four seasons with injury woes for the defenseman who was drafted second overall in 2012. He missed 38 games last season, 22 the year before and 70 in 2014-15. "It’s kind of finding that in-between area where you’re gonna be able to go out and play the best you can and feel the best you can, and so it’s just about noticing what you’re doing and (that) what’s right for you might not be what’s right for somebody else," Murray said. "You’ve gotta take your own health in your own hands and just try and do what’s right for you." Murray will not be a scorer in fantasy leagues as there are too many outstanding offensive defensemen in Columbus but he can still be a solid second unit blueliner. He should not be drafted at this time.
Sep 17 - 6:08 AM

Sergei Bobrovsky's future with Columbus is uncertain.

Bobrovsky can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen declined to comment about the situation when asked by local reporters. "After the last season, I told the situation to the management of the Blue Jackets, so they know everything," Bobrovsky said. "They know my plans for the season. They know my plans for the future. They know everything."
Sep 14 - 5:29 PM

Artemi Panarin will be limited early in training camp due to a neck strain.

The Blue Jackets announced that Panarin suffered the injury during off-ice training prior to camp. He is considered day-to-day.
Sep 14 - 11:56 AM

Zach Werenski (shoulder) said he feels "pretty close" to being 100 percent.

Columbus intends to hold Werenski out of early exhibition games and there's a chance he may not play at all during the preseason. Werenski will also skip contact drills in the early part of training camp.
Sep 13 - 10:28 AM

Coach John Tortorella said that Zach Werenski (shoulder) will be held out of early exhibition games as a precaution.

Werenski, who had shoulder surgery in May, hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season. His status will be monitored closely over training camp and it wouldn't be a surprise if he was limited during the early sessions.
Sep 12 - 1:02 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head coach John Tortorella to a two-year contract extension.

Tortorella is signed through the 2020-21 season. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins and points percentage, while compiling a 129-87-23 record (.588 points percentage) in 239 games. Tortorella captured the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's Coach of the Year in 2016-17 and the Blue Jackets have made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
Sep 12 - 9:27 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have inked president John Davidson, GM Jarmo Kekalainen, and assistant GM Bill Zito to multi-year extensions.

All three of them were on the last season of their respective contracts. It's not surprising that Columbus has decided to keep its current management given that the Blue Jackets have been trending in the right direction in recent years. Columbus has made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and will be looking to get past the first round in 2018-19.
Sep 6 - 2:12 PM

There's plenty of contract questions going into the season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, but Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella says it won't be a distraction.

Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky can both become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2019, but for now they remain key players for the Blue Jackets. The uncertainty their situations bring might cause the Blue Jackets to lose focus at times and it will be Tortorella's job to make sure that doesn't happen. "It doesn't. It can't. It won't," Tortorella said of the possibility of the contract situations becoming a distraction. "It's out there. You guys have to report on it. It's one of my biggest parts of my job this year, to handle it. Do we want those to be distractions? Are we going to be able to handle it as a room, or does it turn into a distraction? I think I need to coach that. But [stuff] happens. We're not the only team that has things go on like this."
Sep 3 - 3:40 PM

Brandon Dubinsky is looking to prove that the 2017-18 campaign was an anomaly.

Dubinsky was a huge disappointment last season with six goals and 16 points in 62 games. He saw his role decline to the point where he averaged 15:21, which is his lowest average since he was a rookie. He even spent some time as a healthy scratch. After a season like that, he made some adjustments over the summer. "I’m looking to get back to my old ways here and be the important player this team needs me to be. I’ve lost some weight, but most importantly, I’ve gained a lot of muscle, lifting all summer," Dubinsky said. "I peeled a lot of that nachos-and-pizza weight off. I had to do that." It helps that Dubinsky has been healthy over the summer as opposed to 2017 when his offseason training was limited due to wrist surgery.
Sep 3 - 5:54 AM

John Tortorella isn't mad at Artemi Panarin or Sergei Bobrovsky for not signing extensions with the club this summer.

Both players are eligible to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. "I’m not mad, Portzy," Tortorella told Aaron Portzline of The Athletic. "This is their choice; it’s their life. You go to Panarin … this is going to be years of his life. I’m not mad at either one of them. I am disappointed. I look at Panarin … I really like coaching him. I really like him as a person, and I like him in our room. I think he’s contagious as far as how he comes to work and does his job with enthusiasm. I’m disappointed that there’s talk he may be leaving. But I’m not gonna coach him any differently. He’s going to be put in every damn situation I can find to put him in, because he gives us a really good opportunity to win hockey games." This will be an interesting situation to monitor throughout the season.
Sep 2 - 9:58 AM

It appears the Dallas Stars are amongst the teams that are on Artemi Panarin's shortlist for his next playing destination.

It was reported last week that the New York Rangers were atop his list but it appears the Stars are also another club he's looking at. From Dallas' perspective, they have a long-term plan that will allow them to fit both Tyler Seguin and Panarin under the cap long-term, it's just a matter of agreeing to terms with the former and striking a deal with Columbus for the latter. If Panarin is still on Columbus' roster to start training camp, it is highly likely that this will drag into the regular season.
Aug 31 - 1:20 PM

The New York Rangers are reportedly at the top of Artemi Panarin's list when it comes to his next playing destination.

Panarin is entering the final year of his contract and it sounds like there's a very real possibility that he'll be leaving Columbus in the near future. The Rangers are in the middle of a rebuild, so it's unlikely that they'd give up young assets in a trade for the Russian forward, but they could make a serious push for his services once he becomes an unrestricted free agent. As important as Panarin is to the Jackets' success, they can't afford to lose him for nothing. If he's unwilling to sign an extension, they may have to move him before the 2019 trade deadline. Panarin is one of the most skilled forwards in the NHL.
Aug 24 - 3:48 PM

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