This offseason might get wild. It also might be boring. You never know, and that's part of the fun. How's that for hedging a bet, by the way? We know this: the Blue Jackets need an infusion of skill to upgrade their scoring struggles.
Never say never, but it seems all but certain that we've seen the last of Brandon Dubinsky in not only a Blue Jackets jersey, but as an NHL player. After missing the entire 2019-20 season due to a wrist injury, Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen described Dubinsky's the injury as a "chronic condition" back in April.
Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images It’s hard to know for sure, but that’s never stopped us from speculating. Talks of trading Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins bubbled up earlier this year, and since then, everything and nothing has changed.
The pressure will be on the Columbus Blue Jackets to find an impact NHL player with their first-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. And while that's true in every draft, it's even more apt in the 2020 NHL Draft, where the club is without a second or third-round pick due to prior trades.
The looming Stanley Cup Finals will mark the last of 2020’s bubble-hub series – for now. As an Edmontonian, it is still strange to have such meaningful games being played 15 minutes away and not having any chance of being in the building to watch.
In a league full of young stars, Alexandre Texier is showing he wants to shine bright with the rest of 'em. ESPN came out with their rankings last week of the top rookies to play in the NHL's postseason bubble, and with ten players making the cut, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Texier found his name in the mix.
Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images That and more links from the last fortnight The NHL began announcing award winners this week, and I’ve got some bones to pick: First, John Haferman of the Columbus Ice Hockey Club didn’t win the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.
It's good or bad news, depending on how you look at it. If the Blue Jackets had somehow been able to get by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Josh Anderson would have been ready to play against Philadelphia.
It's that time of year (sort of) for some Big Josh Anderson news. On TSN's segment Insider Trading on Wednesday, Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun discussed several trade rumors floating around the league, including one having to do with the power forward for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bruce Cassidy, of the Boston Bruins won coach of the year. He beat out both Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella for the honor. While all three were worthy candidates, Torts should have won it this year hands down.
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Kukan was able to earn his way into the rotation before an injury cut his regular season short. Dean Kukan began the season as the seventh or eighth defenseman in camp, depending on how his race to be the next guy with Scott Harrington went.
In the summer of 2021, the NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, will be formed through an expansion draft. This draft will use the same rules as those for the expansion draft that created the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017.
According to Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Blue Jackets’s forward Brandon Dubinsky is unlikely to ever return to the NHL. Kekalainen told reporters including Aaron Portzline of The Athletic that Dubinsky that thanks to chronic wrist injury, he will “most likely” not play again.
The Columbus Blues Jackets have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Although the Boston Bruins were the far superior team and worthy to advance, I am sure going to miss the absolute gem that is John Tortorella.