Crashing the Net: Tyutin is close to return, Murray not so much

Columbus, Ohio - After securing their fifth consecutive victory Thursday night in Washington, the Blue Jackets held an optional practice today. On the ice with assistant coach Brad Larsen were goalie Curtis McElhinney, forwards Michael Chaput, Adam Cracknell, Jack Skille and Corey Tropp. The defense was represented by Kevin Connauton, Tim Erixon, Fedor Tyutin (IR) and Ryan Murray...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Injuries, consistency and fan angst collide for the Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have played 25 games of 82, just five games past the quarter mark of the season. To this point, they have had a season marred by a catastrophic amount of injuries that has equated to 168 man games lost going into tonight's tilt with the Tampa Bay Lightning. While the sheer amount of injuries is staggering, it's the quality of players injured that has really hurt...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets: Injuries are the story so far

Expectations in Columbus were at an all-time high following the franchise’s most successful season ever. Nobody however, could have foreseen what is going on in the Blue Jacket’s locker room this season. With 154 man-games lost to injury by the end of November, this is one of if not the most injury-plagued squads in recent memory. The Jackets record is 7-15-2, 8th and last-place...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

One-on-one with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen

This has been the season of never-ending injuries for the Blue Jackets. Players are going in and out of the lineup, due to injury, like walking through a revolving door. It's mid-November and only 17 games have been played. In that small timeframe the team has endured a nine-game losing streak, seen many of their regulars go down with injury and made a trade on Saturday for a roster...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Game Day vs. Carolina

Columbus, OH – It seems as if this season is the good news/bad news season. Every time that there is good news with a player returning to the lineup, there immediately follows the bad news of another player getting injured. The latest combo is the much-anticipated season debut of forward Boone Jenner and the return of Matt Calvert to the lineup. And the bad news that accompanies...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

State of the Union Blue: Davidson discusses team philosophy and more

It's been two years since the Blue Jackets hired John Davidson as their president of hockey operations. The club has forged ahead under his guidance by leaps and bounds. He added credibility where once there wasn't much to be had. He brought to Columbus a philosophy of building the team "brick-by-brick." He knows, and has said, that it will not be an easy or fast row to hoe. There...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

How could Jackets roster shuffle once injured players are ready to return?

There will be games where the team, for whatever the reason, chases the score from the drop of the puck. Such was the case Tuesday evening at Nationwide Arena. Despite the 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars that brings their record to 2-1-0, the Blue Jackets are playing better and more together as a team than they were just twelve short months ago. The list of the injured has been widely...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets go for franchise first

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the verge of establishing the best start in team history even though they are without some key skaters. The Dallas Stars have been falling short due to their top line not producing. The Blue Jackets look to open a season with three victories for the first time when they host the winless Stars on Tuesday night. Columbus is without Brandon Dubinsky...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets go for franchise first

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the verge of establishing the best start in team history even though they are without some key skaters. The Dallas Stars have been falling short due to their top line not producing. The Blue Jackets look to open a season with three victories for the first time when they host the winless Stars on Tuesday night. Columbus is without Brandon Dubinsky...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the verge of establishing the best start in team history even though they are without some key skaters. The Dallas Stars have been falling short due to their top line not producing. The Blue Jackets look to open a season with three victories for the first time when they host the winless Stars on Tuesday night. Columbus is without Brandon Dubinsky...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets leaning on youth again

The Blue Jackets opened the 2014-15 campaign on the road in Buffalo with a 3-1 victory over the Sabres on Thursday without Nathan Horton, Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray, all of whom are out with injury. Their top-line center, Ryan Johansen, had only one practice with the team after protracted contract negotiations but suited up for the game. But they came together...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-2015 Metro Preview Finale: The Columbus Blue Jackets

With all of our other previews out, we’re saving the best for last. The dreaded offseason is finally over, and now it’s time to analyze the Blue Jackets to get a better understanding of what might go on this season. Preseason Rumblings In recent news: Boone Jenner, Ryan Murray, Nathan Horton, Brian Gibbons, and Brandon Dubinsky have all been placed on injured reserve. To...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Quest for the Cup: Jackets won't let challenges stop them from building winning culture

Adversity. The mere mention of the word can conjure trepidation among the weak. Many teams experience some form of adversity every year. Some adapt and forge their way through it, while others let that adversity define their season. Adversity has almost become part of the norm in Columbus. Last year, the Blue Jackets had various players out of the lineup with different injuries for...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Is the Blue Jackets Defense Their Great Weakness?

Forward depth in Columbus is at an all-time high, even considering a few key injuries. There’s wiggle room in the discussion of how good overall Blue Jackets depth can be (I touched on this last week – I think it’s quite solid). With Ryan Johansen back in the fold and solidifying the centers, it’s hard to imagine the top 9 forwards being bad. As we turn our attention to the...
Via BS Hockey
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Challenges in front of Blue Jackets don't trump belief

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- At one point, not too long ago, there was talk of the Blue Jackets being one of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division. The team had very little roster turnover during the summer months and the prevailing thought was that they were poised to take the next step. But, the contract negotiations between budding star Ryan Johansen and the organization have dragged...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Crashing the net: Roster decisions loom for Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Decisions, decisions - that is the refrain echoing through the halls of Nationwide Arena as the Blue Jackets make their preparations for the season opener on Oct. 9 in Buffalo. On the one side, there is the list of the walking wounded. Nathan Horton (back), Boone Jenner (hand) and Ryan Murray (knee). Add into that mix the still-unsigned Ryan Johansen with six days...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Murray nearing return but preaching patience

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In his rookie season in the NHL, defenseman Ryan Murray showed poise with everything he did. After not being on the ice for over half a year, he underscored why the Blue Jackets selected him second overall in the 2012 draft by making the team out of training camp. The 21-year-old defenseman goes about his business with a quiet efficiency. One week from the start...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Young guns, Murray and more

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The sixth game of the preseason for the Blue Jackets will see a mostly veteran lineup take the ice in Bridgestone Arena. But make no mistake, there are guys still fighting for a roster spot with opening night 10 days away. At this point, there are no worries about a player fitting in within the dressing room or the systems. To the contrary, these "bubble" players...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Injuries not stymieing Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Thirteen days is all that's left before the puck drops for real on the new campaign for the Blue Jackets. The clock is ticking on decisions that must be made in advance of Oct. 9. Tick tock, tick tock... Overcoming adverse circumstances seems to be a hallmark of this team, a mantra of the group, if you will. This year is no different in that there are injured players...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Crashing the net: CBJ off day notes

Columbus -- After one week of training camp, the players have a well-deserved day off. The normal aches, pains, bumps and bruises after six days and three hockey games will be given a day to heal, with practice resuming tomorrow. Part of the team will travel to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis for exhibition Game 4 Thursday evening. With opening night two weeks away, decisions need...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

No sophomore slump: Jenner, Murray poised to keep building confidence

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For second-year players, building upon what got them to this level is paramount. Regressing or stagnating is not a pleasant thought. Forward Boone Jenner and defenseman Ryan Murray are looking to take the next step in their development with one year, including an appearance in the playoffs, behind them. Both of these players made the roster out of training camp...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2013-14 CBJ Season Review: Ryan Murray

Between a breakout season from Ryan Johansen, another dominating year for Bob, and an underrated top tier performance from James Wisniewski, there’s no shortage of great stories to share from last season’s Blue Jackets team. One of my favorite things was the emergence and growth of Ryan Murray. During many games, the #CBJ feed on Twitter would just heap praise at the rookie d...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Draft Recap

GM Jarmo Kekalainen didn't have three first round picks this year to provide an immediate talent infusion to the organization, but coming off a welcome (if unexpected) playoff appearance he also didn't sacrifice draft picks in an effort to provide a quick boost to the NHL roster either. Here's the latest batch of kids striving to be part of the future in Columbus: 1(16) - Sonny...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets Improving Roster Before the Draft

#485759499 / gettyimages.com 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

What's next for Blue Jackets?

Forty-two days have passed since the Blue Jackets were eliminated from the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. It seems like so long ago, and we're not even to the "hockey doldrums," also known as August. After an exciting series drew to a close at Nationwide Arena on April 28, players scattered for some well-earned rest. Lives returned to a semblance of normal. And yet the taste of...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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