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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen wants to add some offensive firepower to his resurgent club, but he doesn’t want to trade a player off the current roster or give up a significant part of the club’s future.
“We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team.
“We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan.
“If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.”
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Columbus Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.
The 28-year-old Letestu has 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points in 85 games since joining the Blue Jackets in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins in November 2011.
This season, he has nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points. He ranks second on the club in all three...
Blue Jackets trade Steve Mason to Flyers. #transactions2013
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) April 3, 2013
#CBJ G Steve Mason confirms to The Dispatch he's been traded to Flyers. Trade call with league is pending.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) April 3, 2013
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record says JT Miller was recalled back to the Rangers after being assigned to the Whale this morning. Gross adds that Miller will NOT be in the line-up tonight vs. the Penguins.
Meanwhile, Katie Strang at ESPN reports that Derick Brassard is en route to New York and could be here before game time.
...what an absolutely wacky day.
COLUMBUS - Standing comfortably in a light colored t-shirt and jeans today, Mark Letestu appeared relaxed and relieved.
Things have been going in the right direction, he quipped to the media scrum at Nationwide Arena Tuesday, where the Columbus Blue Jackets held an optional skate in the Ice Haus.
As the trade deadline hangs uncomfortably over the heads of players in every club, Letestu...
(Photo by: Paul Sancya/AP Photo)
Young goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has found a comfortable place to play hockey without an extremely hostile environment pouring the pressure on to make the playoffs. Before coming to Columbus, Bobrovsky was a wash up out of Philadelphia. There were low expectations for him, and also the entire Blue Jackets' organization. However,...
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Michael Leighton in a deal of backup goalies.
Mason was stuck behind Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus and was 3-6-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. In 232 games over five seasons with the Blue Jackets, Mason has a record of 96-99-27 with a 2.90 GAA, .903 save percentage...
New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. In exchange, the Rangers will reportedly receive forwards Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore.Marian Gaborik will and major scoring touch to Columbus. This move should replace some of the talent lost in the Rick Nash deal.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a push for the playoffs by acquiring Marian Gaborik. The Buffalo Sabres continue to retool by dealing captain Jason Pominville. And rookie of the year candidate Cory Conacher is heading to Ottawa.
These were among the notable players moved before the NHL trade deadline Wednesday.
Columbus completed three deals, including one acquiring Gaborik...
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By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli)
A few days before the trade deadline, the consensus was that most of the big fish had already been moved – Jay Bouwmeester, Ryane Clowe, Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, Jarome Iginla, and Brenden Morrow. But Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen – who had been relatively quiet since being named GM on February 13th – was ready...
The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded Steve Mason to the Philadelphia Flyers in return for Michael Leighton and a third round pick. Mason, 24, was the 2009 Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Since then, he has only fallen downwards and was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky as the starter. The Blue Jackets also received Blake Comeau [...]