Breaking: Watch Oilers Presser Announcing Justin Schultz Signing

Click here to watch GM Craig MacTavish announce the Edmonton Oilers signing of Justin Schultz.Chris Johnston of SportsNet has details on the signing,The one-year deal at $3.675M for Justin Schultz makes him the #oilers second-highest paid defenceman behind Nikita Nikitin ($4.5M).— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 29, 2014Chirp with me! @MattRiegler Like what you're reading...
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Checking in on the Columbus Blue Jackets

Last year: 43-32-7, fourth in the Metro Division. Eliminated by the Penguins in the first round. Key additions: Scott Hartnell, Brian Gibbons Key subtractions: R.J. Umberger, Jack Skille, Derek MacKenzie, Blake Comeau, Nikita Nikitin Franchise direction: The Jackets are happy as clams with the way things are going after they made a surprise postseason appearance and gave Pittsburgh...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

CBJ use a little less conversation, a little more action on Day 2

Philadelphia, PA -- The Blue jackets went with a distinctly American flavor at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in the City of Brotherly Love, with four of their seven picks hailing from the United States. In addition to Sonny Milano (16th overall, 1st round), Columbus chose three more Americans, two Canadians and one European (Latvia) player. While none of these players will have an immediate...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets Improving Roster Before the Draft

#485759499 / After having a wonderful season which saw the Columbus Blue Jackets return to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 08-09. They would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. They would take the Penguins to six games before being eliminated. Moving towards the off-season, the Columbus Blue Jackets now know what...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackets deal Nikitin for fifth-round pick

The Blue Jackets have sent defenseman Nikita Nikitin to the Edmonton Oilers for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft, the team announced Wednesday. It's a reacquisition of the pick the Jackets traded to Edmonton in exchange for defenseman Nick Schultz in March. The 28-year-old Nikitin had two goals and 13 assists in 66 games with Columbus last season. Nikitin had been...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Contract Negotiating Rights Of Nikita Nikitin Now Belong To Edmonton

EDM acquires negotiating rights to pending UFA D Nikita Nikitin from CBJ. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 20, 2014
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Finals Week: Grading the Blue Jackets Defensemen

The Blue Jackets are coming off of their most successful season in franchise history. It was truly a great thing to be apart of, and personally, I would like to thank the front office for icing such an exciting team. Now that the excitement has died down and the energy has left the building, it’s time to begin preparation for the next season. It’s a difficult task to be competitive...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 6 Between the Penguins and Blue Jackets

  This series between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins has been really weird, to say the least. For the first time this postseason, the Penguins will be able to end this weird series with a win tonight at Nationwide Arena. Pittsburgh was 2-0 last year when presented an opportunity to close out a series. The Penguins hope to make it 3 straight in the past 2 years...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Umberger, Nikitin out for Jackets tonight vs. Pittsburgh

The Columbus Blue Jackets will make a change up front for tonight’s elimination Game 6 against the Penguins, as Jared Boll will return to the lineup for the first time since the series opener, replacing veteran forward R.J. Umberger. Umberger, who’s played the last four games after being a scratch in Game 1, appeared to re-aggravate a shoulder/collarbone ailment in Saturday’s...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Savard playing bigger role for Columbus since Olympic break

The defense rests. Yeah, sure, maybe in the courtroom, but not on the Columbus Blue Jackets back line. Not even close, especially since the roster was depleted with injuries to two of the team's top-six defensemen. Fedor Tyutin missed the first eight games after the Olympic break before returning for the game in Minnesota, and Ryan Murray has been out since injuring his knee...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Short-handed Blue Jackets take on Predators in Nashville

The Columbus Blue Jackets are down three defensemen as they get ready to face a Nashville Predators team struggling to score during a three-game skid. The Predators may like their chances of winning Saturday night if they start Pekka Rinne, who owns a stellar home record against the Blue Jackets. Columbus (32-26-5) will be missing Fedor Tyutin, Ryan Murray and Nikita Nikitin. Tyutin...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Blockbuster looming? B's and Blue Jackets talks heating up, Gaborik mentioned

With just about 26 hours to go before the trade deadline, things are starting to heat up in the rumors department among NHL circles.Could Gaborik be Boston bound? (photo via the Bruins are big players in those rumors.According to a report  from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, Marion Gaborik, Nikita Nikitin and Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets could all be in play for...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Russia's national nightmare: Hockey team done after 3-1 loss to Finland

Russia's national nightmare has been realized; the men's hockey team has been eliminated at the Olympics prior to the medal round. Facing enormous pressure to not just medal but win gold at these Olympics, Russia faced longtime rival Finland in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at Bolshoy Ice Dome and came up short, losing 3-1 to their neighbors to the northwest. It brings...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Defense Could Be The Key For Olympic Gold

from Corey Masisak of, So how does each of these eight medal contenders stack up against the competition at each position? breaks down the top eight sides at forward, on defense and in goal. We began Sunday with the goaltenders. Now it is time to shift the focus to the defense, with the forwards to follow Tuesday. 5. Russia Andrei Markov might be one...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Russian Olympic team for the 2014 Sochi games

GoaltendersSergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche)Alexander Eremenko ( Dynamo Moscow)DefenseAnton Belov (Edmonton Oilers)Vyacheslav Voynov (Los Angeles Kings)Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens)Evgeni Medvedev (AK Bars)Nikita Nikitin (Columbus Blue Jackets)Ilya Nikulin (AK Bars)Fedor Tyutin (Columbus BlueJackets...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Russia Official Olympic Roster by   Bradshaw Furlong

Goalies: Sergei Bobrovski, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche (NHL) Alexander Yeryomenko, Dynamo Moscow (RUS) Defencemen: Anton Belov, Edmonton Oilers (NHL) Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens (NHL) Yevgeni Medvedev, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS) Nikita Nikitin, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) Ilya Nikulin, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS) Fyodor Tyutin, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

5 Blue Jackets on Olympic rosters

The Columbus Blue Jackets could send five players to Russia next month for the Olympics, including four players from the host country. Team Russia was revealed Tuesday with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, defensemen Nikita Nikitin and Fedor Tyutin and forward Artem Anisimov all part of the roster. Marian Gaborik could represent the CBJ in Sochi, but he will have to get healthy first. Gaborik...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers’ point streak snapped with injury-riddled loss in Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets produced a memorable third period of their own tonight, as they potted four goals in the final 20 minutes at home to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3. Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger each had two-goal games as Nikita Nikitin and Corey Tropp each had two assists, while Curtis McElhinney earned the victory with 33 saves. Wayne Simmonds, who had a two-goal...
Via Flyers Faithful
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Nikitin Refuses To Learn The English Language

via RIA NOVOSTI, Nikita Nikitin, a defenseman playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets  of the National Hockey League, has told R-Sport he refuses to learn English as he can always rely on fellow Russian teammates. Nikitin has played in the NHL since 2010 but admitted – in Russian – that “my English isn’t getting any better.” Russians in the NHL are regularly...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Nikitin's OT goal lifts Blue Jackets over Flames

Center Ryan Johansen said he knew tonight would be different by the quiet focus in the dressing room before the Blue Jackets played the Calgary Flames. Coach Todd Richards got his first hint on the Jackets' first shift of the game by the way Johansen was skating. "First shift," Richards said. "Johansen was skating faster than I've seen him skate in a while...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Nikitin's overtime goal lifts Blue Jackets over Flames

The Columbus Blue Jackets heeded the call from their coach to play better one night after a blowout loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Defenseman Nikita Nikitin scored his first goal of the season 2:25 into overtime to give Columbus a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. "As a coach, you go in and challenge your group," coach Todd Richards said. "There...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Nikitin's OT goal lifts Blue Jackets over Flames

Defenseman Nikita Nikitin scored his first goal of the season 2:25 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. With a delayed penalty coming to Flames forward Jiri Hudler for goalie interference, Columbus poured on the pressure with Sergei Bobrovsky having gone to the bench for an extra skater. When David Savard'...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Artem Anisimov scores utterly bizarre goal vs. Canadiens

This goal scored by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov is going to be one of the most bizarre goals you are going to see scored this year.  Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin went to take a shot and fell down, but as he fell he managed to knock the puck back to Anisimov.  Anisimov chopped at the rolling puck, which was deflected by a Canadiens defenseman, and then...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Gerbe lifts Hurricanes over Blue Jackets 2-1

Nathan Gerbe scored his second goal of the game with 38 seconds remaining to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in a preseason game Thursday night. Nikita Nikitin scored on a one-timer from the left dot in the first period for Columbus, which wrapped up its preseason schedule. Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves. Gerbe pulled the Hurricanes even...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

No Doubting The Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, Whatever happens, the Jackets have written one of the best stories of this truncated season. Their goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky, is the front-runner for the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender) and is integral to the script. Yet the cast is large and the tale seems pure fantasy. Since Feb. 26, when they had the worst record in the...
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April 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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