Columbus Blue Jackets Wiretap

Jackets Give Coach John Tortorella One-Year Extension

Jul 31, 2017 1:06 PM

The Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach John Tortorella to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 NHL season, club GM Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Since joining the club on Oct. 21, 2015, Tortorella has led the Blue Jackets to an 84-57-16 record and .586 points percentage.

“John Tortorella and his coaching staff have done a terrific job since his arrival nearly two years ago,” said Kekalainen. “He is one of the top coaches in our game and we are excited about what lies ahead for our club with John as our head coach.”

Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year after leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in the club’s 17-year history last season.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity I have to coach this team and be part of a wonderful community that has been very welcoming to my family, so I thank the McConnell family, Mike Priest, John Davidson, Jarmo Kekalainen, our staff and the entire organization,” said Tortorella. “I’m proud of the steps we’ve taken as a team and I look forward to continuing to work with a very good group of coaches and players.”

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Jackets Buy Out Scott Hartwell's Contract

Jun 29, 2017 6:19 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are buying out the final two years of veteran forward Scott Hartnell's contract.

Hartnell, 35, who had 13 goals and 24 assists last season, had a cap hit of $4.75 million. According to, the hit after the buyout will be $1.5 million next season, $3 million in 2018-19 and $1.5 million in the next two years.

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Blue Jackets Send 2nd Round Pick To Canucks For John Tortorella

Jun 1, 2017 1:31 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will send a 2017 second round pick to the Vancouver Canucks as compensation for hiring John Tortorella in 2015.

The Blue Jackets' pick in the second round is No. 55 overall.

Tortorella, 58, led the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record 108 points in the 2016-17 season.


Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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."

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor

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.

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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.

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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
Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said it was a special moment handing coach John Tortorella the game puck in the locker room.

Jackets Trade Goloubef To Avs For Stanton
The Blue Jackets have assigned Ryan Stanton to the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL.

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Jackets Suspend Gregory Campbell For Not Reporting To Minors
The Blue Jackets waived Gregory Campbell last week after they could not work out a trade.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.