Columbus Blue Jackets Wiretap

NHL's Divisional Playoff Format Criticized

Mar 23, 2017 1:24 AM

In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, get ready to say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round.

"I don't think it was designed for this," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "I don't think it was intended for this to happen."

The Blue Jackets, Capitals and Penguins could finish 1-2-3 in points, but because they all play in the Metropolitan Division, the second- and third-place teams will face off in the first round. 

"It's stupid. It's the stupidest thing ever," Capitals forward Daniel Winnik said. "It doesn't work. It doesn't make sense."

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Jackets Return To Playoffs For Third Time

Mar 20, 2017 2:20 AM

Making the playoffs for the third time in franchise history is just the first step for the Blue Jackets.

There's much more serious work ahead for coach John Tortorella and his team in the next few weeks.

Lukas Sedlak and Brandon Dubinsky scored on penalty shots and the Blue Jackets returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 with a 4-1 victory over the Devils on Sunday.

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Jackets Lose Ryan Murray For Four To Six Weeks

Mar 13, 2017 6:09 PM

Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray will be out four to six weeks with a broken hand.

Murray broke his right hand when he blocked a shot from the Sabres' Tyler Ennis on Saturday. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced the extent of the injury Monday.

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Tortorella Caring For Deployed Son's Sick Dog

Jan 28, 2017 2:35 AM

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said he missed Thursday's 4-3 loss in Nashville in order to take care of his deployed son's sick dog.

The pet's ailing health also is forcing Tortorella to miss the NHL's All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, where he had been selected to serve as a coach for the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division.

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Tortorella Dealing With Family Issue, Won't Coach All-Stars

Jan 27, 2017 12:05 PM

John Tortorella left the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday to deal with a family emergency. He won't coach Thursday in Nashville or during this weekend's NHL All-Star Game festivities in Los Angeles.

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Leafs Claim Curtis McElhinney Off Waivers From Jackets

Jan 11, 2017 2:10 AM

The Maple Leafs claimed veteran backup goalie Curtis McElhinney off of waivers Tuesday from the Blue Jackets.

The Leafs had soured on backup Jhonas Enroth last month but hadn't found a real replacement to play behind starter Frederik Andersen who has started 33 of the team's 39 games this season, including three sets of back-to-backs.

The 27-year-old is on pace to start around 70 games, a substantial increase from his career high of 53 while with the Ducks.

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Jackets Waive Goalie Curtis McElhinney

Jan 9, 2017 5:08 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have waived backup goalie Curtis McElhinney after a disastrous weekend performance.

To replace McElhinney, Columbus recalled 24-year-old Anton Forsberg from the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL. If the 33-year-old McElhinney clears waivers, he'll be sent to Cleveland.

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Tortorella First U.S.-Born Coach To Reach 500 Wins

Dec 19, 2016 5:34 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets made coach John Tortorella sweat a little for his 500th NHL victory.

Columbus squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in the third period before Seth Jones scored 46 seconds into overtime Sunday to lift the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 for their ninth straight win.

Tortorella became the first U.S.-born coach to reach 500 victories, and while he downplayed the accomplishment, Columbus captain Nick Foligno said it was a special moment when he handed the 58-year-old the game puck in the locker room.

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Jackets Trade Goloubef To Avs For Stanton

Nov 29, 2016 3:06 AM

The Blue Jackets have traded defenseman Cody Goloubef to the Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Ryan Stanton, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight. Stanton has been assigned to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate.

Stanton, 27, has appeared in 120 career NHL games, registering four goals and 23 assists for 27 points with 71 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating with Washington, Vancouver and Chicago. 

Goloubef, 26, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft and tallied 2-16-18 and 41 penalty minutes in 96 career NHL games with the club. He also picked up 20-57-77 and 254 penalty minutes in 217 career AHL games, including 2-5-7 and 22 penalty minutes in 16 games with Cleveland this season.

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Jackets Suspend Gregory Campbell For Not Reporting To Minors

Oct 16, 2016 9:26 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have suspended center Gregory Campbell for failing to report to Cleveland (AHL).

The Jackets waived Campbell last week after they could not work out a trade for the veteran center. When he went unclaimed, he was assigned to the AHL.

But his agent said Campbell, 32, chose not to report rather than take a roster spot from a younger player.

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Lake Erie Wins First Calder Cup Title
Lake Erie beat Hershey 1-0 on Saturday night to sweep the AHL championship series.

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Connor McDavid Cleared For Full Contact
The Oilers' Connor McDavid is looking to return on February 2 against the Blue Jackets.

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Predators Acquire Ryan Johansen From Jackets For Seth Jones
Ryan Johansen and Seth Jones were both former No. 4 overall draft picks.

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Jackets Win First Game Of NHL Season
The Blue Jackets beat the Avs 4-3 on Saturday night for their first win this season.

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John Tortorella Takes Over Jackets
John Tortorella won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004.

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Jackets Fire Coach Todd Richards
The Jackets have replaced Todd Richards with veteran coach John Tortorella.

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Jackets Add Four To Operations Staff
Longtime NHL player Jarkko Ruutu has been hired as the club's first European development coach.

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Jackets Sign David Savard To Five-Year Deal
David Savard scored 11 goals and had 25 assists for the Jackets last season.

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Jackets Sign Brandon Saad To Six-Year Deal
The Blue Jackets acquired forward Brandon Saad in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

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Jackets, Blackhawks In Seven-Player Deal
Brandon Saad has scored 52 goals in 208 career NHL games, helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cup titles.

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Jackets Re-Sign Austin Madaisky To One-Year, Two-Way Deal
Austin Madaisky scored 12 goals for the Springfield Falcons of the AHL last season.

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Chris McFarland Leaves Blue Jackets Organization
Chris McFarland was a member of the Blue Jackets franchise for 16 years.

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Sabres Have Best Chance At No. 1 Pick In NHL Draft
The Sabres have locked up the worst overall record and the best odds in drafting either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

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NHL Names Hammond, Schenn, Foligno 'Three Stars'
Andrew Hammond helped the Senators continue their playoff push by posting a 3-0-1 record.

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NHL Names Dubnyk, Atkinson, O'Reilly 'Three Stars'
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk went 4-0-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average last week.

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NHL Names Jackets' Scott Hartnell 'First Star' Of The Week
Scott Hartnell scored five goals in four games last week to lead the Jackets to a 3-1-0 record.

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Ducks Trade Bourque, Karlsson, Pick To Blue Jackets For Wisniewski
James Wisniewski has two years left on his contract after this season.

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Jackets Sign Dillon Heatherington To Entry Deal
Dillon Heatherington was the 50th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Leafs Trade Clarkson To Jackets For Horton
Nathan Horton has not skated this season due to a back injury.

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Jackets Trade Cracknell To Blues For Future Considerations
Adam Cracknell has played in 17 games with the Blue Jackets and in 18 games with the AHL's Springfield Falcons.

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