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The Columbus Blue Jackets, one of the ‘feel good’ stories of this lockout-shortened National Hockey League (NHL) will be one of the most intriguing teams to watch at this Sunday’s NHL Entry Draft. As a result of trading former ‘face of the franchise’ player, Rick Nash to the New York Rangers as well as trading the disgruntled Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings, along with a solid return given the circumstances, the Blue Jackets are armed with three (3) 1st Round draft picks, the 14th, 19th and 27th overall picks, respectively. And given that it’s widely held by most personnel and scouting types as the best NHL Entry Draft since the landmark 2003 NHL Entry Draft, you would think that the Blue Jackets will reap a sizeable bounty by selecting all three draft picks.
And that’s where I think you would be wrong.
These Blue Jackets are no longer the reckless, ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ days of their inception nor are they the risk-averse management group who seemed content with ...
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By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli)
If there’s one thing that Jarmo Kekalainen has, it is a reputation for making smart decisions on draft day. And for an organization that has historically had very little success with first round choices, all eyes were on Kekalainen to see how he would make use of his three choices.
Not surprising, the first choice...
There is some speculation out there now surrounding Tim Thomas to Philly, and while I have heard and believe the Flyers and Thomas could indeed be a fit...I am more hearing that if Thomas returns the most likely destination would be Columbus.
Thomas has long standing ties with the current manangement group for the Blue Jackets and I have been told the Blue Jackets are looking...
#CBJ have agreed in principal on a two-year deal with #CBJ G Sergei Bobrovsky; could be finalized tonight after draft
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) June 30, 2013
Sergei Bobrovsky, the NHL's 2013 Vezina Trophy winner, might be on the trade block. According to Darren Dreger, Bobrovsky is being shopped by the Columbus Blue Jackets after contract talks hit a snag. It's believed Bobrovsky is looking for $6 million a year, though it's unclear how many years the goaltender is hoping for.
According to Aaron Portzline, Bobrovsky wants...
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets Assistant Coach Keith Acton is leaving the club’s staff to become associate coach of the Edmonton Oilers, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Acton joined the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach in June 2012.
"We appreciate Keith's contributions to our hockey club during his time with the Blue Jackets. This...
Surprisingly the Columbus Blue Jackets utilized all three of their first round draft selections as the trade market, expected by many to be bustling, has been relatively quiet. I'm no draft guru and watch very few draft prospects in person or on TV but here's a quick rundown of each of the three new Blue Jackets based on info gleaned from the Hockey's Future website,...
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus Blue Jackets have had discussions with the Blues regarding a trade that would bring St. Louis Blues forward David Perron to the Columbus. Perron had 25 points and 44 penalty minutes in 48 games last season. The Columbus Blue Jackets might be willing to part with one of their first-round picks, [...]
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach Todd Richards to a one-year contract extension through the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Richards, 46, has led the Blue Jackets to a 42-38-9 record in 99 games behind the bench, including a 24-17-7 mark and franchise-best .573 winning percentage in...
After their playoff near-miss and with a new GM chomping at the bit to use the club's valuable draft capital (three first-round draft choices) to improve the club the summer was shaping up to be the most important in Columbus Blue Jackets franchise history. A day before the annual entry draft in Newark, New Jersey, what Columbus may or may not do is still unclear. Even GM Jarmo...
Bobrovsky being offered to teams by the Blue Jackets. Told he wants $6 mil per. Columbus in market for a goalie.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 30, 2013
Latest word out of the #pens Kris Letang negotiations: "Still working on it." Sounds like it will get done, but not done yet.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 30, 2013
With the Rangers trading away this year's first and second round picks in the Rick Nash & Ryane Clowe trades respectively, Gordie Clark and his crew are going to be twiddling their thumbs for a long time before finally using the first of the Blueshirts three third round picks during tomorrow's draft.
But Clark still has a game plan going into the day (via Blueshirts...
Ray - So, for the first time since 1998 the Preds have a top 5 draft pick - and what a year to have it. I think Mackinnon and Jones will go top two (I just can't see Florida saying no to a defensive prospect). After that it's a tossup, but I'm really hoping that Drouin falls to fourth so that the Predators can sweep him up. How anyone can say no to 35 points in 17 playoff...
It’s shaping up to be a crazy day around the NHL. The Rangers don’t have first- or second-round picks thanks to trades for Rick Nash and Ryane Clowe, but they do hold three picks in the third round (#65, #75 and #80 overall). It’s quite possible that New York will attempt to package a couple of those picks to move up into the second round, but don’t hold your breath on the...
Get ready for some fireworks in Newark, NJ come 3pm Sunday. This year’s NHL Draft promises to be an exciting one. The talent pool is exceptional, with many scouts calling this the deepest draft since 2003, which brought Jeff Carter, Marc-Andre Fleury, Dustin Brown, and Eric Staal into the league, among others. What do you [...]
Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned an optimistic column regarding what we're about to witness over the next couple of weeks...
Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told reporters he thinks “there’s going to be a lot of funny things happening” at the draft, and if he thinks that, look out. This is the man who traded cornerstones Jeff Carter and Mike Richards...