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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1290 on: April 16, 2018, 01:22:46 PM »
GAME 2 RECAP:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/16/17240466/columbus-blue-jackets-at-washington-capitals-game-two-recap

The Caps came out and played like a team that needed to win Game 2.  They outshot the Jackets 19-8 in the first period and built a 2-0 lead.  But despite that edge, the Jackets got a critical goal with 1:35 remaining on a beautiful stretch pass from Foligno to Atkinson, who got behind the Caps defense and made a beautiful finish to make it 2-1 going into the first intermission.

The Caps kept up the pressure in the second period and scored a power-play goal four minutes in - Ovi's 2nd PP-goal of the game.  But a key moment came shortly after when the Caps had a 3-on-1 breakaway that Savard and Bob stopped to keep the score 3-1.  --  Instead of getting a three goal lead, the Caps saw the Jackets reel off three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission!

So the CBJ needed to hold on to that one goal in the third period.  They almost did, but just couldn't keep out of the penalty box.  The Caps eventually broke through with another power-play goal with 3:35 remaining.  The Jackets even gave them another chance when they put the Caps on the power-play for the final 1:59 of the period.  But the Jackets held on to force overtime.

But in OT, it would be the Jackets who would prevail.  Matt Calvert scored the game-winning goal a little over 12 minutes into OT off a Werenski shot that saw Calvert hold off a defender with one arm and use the other to gather the rebound and send it in!  MATTY ICE FOR THE WIN!!

Bob was BOB! as he set a personal and franchise record with 54 saves.  The Caps outshot the Jackets 58-30 - including 27-8 from the start of the third period through overtime.  But although the Caps were desperate, their "playoff luck" continued.  Now the CBJ hold a commanding 2-0 lead going into the two home games at Nationwide Arena this week.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1291 on: April 16, 2018, 01:23:15 PM »
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1292 on: April 16, 2018, 01:50:15 PM »
I have mixed feeling about Bob getting the franchise record for saves there.  You only get to set a franchise record for saves if the rest of your defense is allowing that many shots on goal, which isn't exactly a great position to be in.  And he did still give up 4, which is right in line with his not-exactly-impressive 3.88 GAA (IIRC) in previous playoffs.  Those stats will generally lose you more games than they'll win you, notwithstanding our 2-0 series lead so far.

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« Reply #1293 on: April 16, 2018, 02:01:18 PM »
I have mixed feeling about Bob getting the franchise record for saves there.  You only get to set a franchise record for saves if the rest of your defense is allowing that many shots on goal, which isn't exactly a great position to be in.  And he did still give up 4, which is right in line with his not-exactly-impressive 3.88 GAA (IIRC) in previous playoffs.  Those stats will generally lose you more games than they'll win you, notwithstanding our 2-0 series lead so far.

This is a weird (and bad) take.

Bob has a .920 sv % in the playoffs.  He can't help it if his team decides to hand the Capitals SEVEN power plays.

He's stopped .966 at even-strength.  It was an all-time performance last night.
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« Reply #1294 on: April 16, 2018, 03:15:34 PM »
I'm not saying I have mixed feelings about Bob's individual performance last night.  I have mixed feelings about the fact that he was in a position to set that record at all.

In the 2014 World Cup in soccer, Tim Howard for the U.S. had a record-setting performance as a goaltender for saves against Belgium, and the U.S. lost.  Part of the reason for that was the amount of shots on goal we were allowing.

Offensively, it's great that we were able to score 5 goals against the Caps.  Defensively, it's not great that we put ourselves into the position where 5 goals were actually necessary to win, and moreover, that the only reason that victory threshold wasn't higher was because a Vezina-winning goalie was having a great individual game.  The Caps were ninth in the NHL in scoring in the regular season, which is obviously nothing to sneeze at but they weren't Tampa Bay, either.

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« Reply #1295 on: April 16, 2018, 09:00:16 PM »
Yeah, we definitely shouldn't keep tempting fate by going down 2 goals, committing too many penalties and waiting until OT to win.  But if you're going to tempt fate in the playoffs - the Washington Capitals are the team to do it with!

Just look at these photos taken by Dispatch photographer Kyle Robertson just after Calvert game-winning OT goal last night:  https://twitter.com/KRobPhoto/status/985717013124468737

It looks like these Caps fans have seen this kind of playoff failure too many times and are now dead inside!


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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1296 on: April 17, 2018, 02:43:14 PM »
Getting ready for Game 3 at Nationwide Arena:

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1297 on: April 18, 2018, 11:41:23 AM »
https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/18/17248566/recap-washington-capitals-at-columbus-blue-jackets-game-three

Tough loss last night as the Jackets fell 3-2 (double OT) in the longest game in franchise history.

The game set a new Nationwide Arena attendance record with 19,337 in the building.  https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-news/2018-stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/04/2199/blue-jackets-set-franchise-record-with-19337-fans-at-nationwide-arena-to-see-game-3

The Jackets drew iron on at least four shots making the loss that much harder to swallow.  Up 2-1 in the best of 7 series, the Jackets are back on the ice Thursday.  Have to wonder if fatigue will become a factor with all of these OT games.

The decision by Washington to play Holtby paid dividends after one game, at least.  Tortorella hardly played his 4th line which left players gassed by the 2nd OT.
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« Reply #1298 on: April 18, 2018, 02:24:07 PM »
The CBJ tempted fate with the Caps once too often.  Tough loss, but when you get to OT, its anyone's game and any weird deflection or bounce can decide it.  And we did win those previous two OT's.

On to Game 4.  Try to stay out of the penalty box and try to win it in regulation!
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1299 on: April 20, 2018, 01:49:26 PM »
Jackets put up their worst performance in a long time last night, losing 4-1 and home-ice "advantage" (road team has won every game).  Game 5 in Washington at 3:00 on Saturday.
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« Reply #1300 on: April 20, 2018, 02:14:38 PM »
Jackets put up their worst performance in a long time last night, losing 4-1 and home-ice "advantage" (road team has won every game).  Game 5 in Washington at 3:00 on Saturday.

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/19/17256094/capitals-beat-blue-jackets-4-1-series-tied-at-2

Yeah, that was a stinker.  If you don't believe me and D&S, just ask Coach Torts.

From his post-game press conference at 3:42:  "We weren't good. ... We laid an egg.  I'm not gonna break it down for ya.  We sucked.  We sucked.  So let's move on and see if we play better Saturday afternoon."

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1301 on: April 22, 2018, 02:30:10 PM »
https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/21/17266702/recap-jackets-bounce-back-but-fall-in-ot-4-3

Torts wondered if the CBJ would play better Saturday afternoon in Game 5.  They did - but still fell short.  This time in OT.

The Jackets started the scoring first (for the first time in this series) on a shortie from Calvert.  The Caps tied it up later in the first and then took a 2-1 lead in the second before Calvert got his second goal of the game to re-tie it 2-2.  But penalties hurt the CBJ again, when TJ Oshie scored on the power-play to give the Caps a 3-2 lead going into the third.

The CBJ made a mighty push in the third period.  Bjorkstrand scored his first goal of the series only 2:30 into the period to tie it 3-3.  And then the Jackets put the pressure on and outshot the Caps 16-1!  But the game-winning goal never came and we went into overtime for the fourth time in the series.

Nicklas Backstrom would get the game-winning goal nearly 12 minutes into OT to force the Jackets to the brink of elimination.  As the Jackets return to Columbus for Game 6 on Monday, here's a sobering stat I heard on the NHL Network - in a series tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 wins the series 78.8 percent of the time!

So the Jackets backs are against the wall and the odds are against them.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1302 on: April 24, 2018, 01:21:03 PM »
GAME 6 & SEASON OVER:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/23/17273714/season-over-capitals-best-blue-jackets-in-game-6

The Caps finished off the CBJ last night in Nationwide Arena in a game where the Caps took everything the Jackets had and gave it back double.

The Caps started the scoring in the first period.  Nick Foligno tied it up in the second with his first goal of the series.  But then Ovechkin scored two goals later in the period to give the Caps a 3-1 lead going into the second intermission.

The Jackets narrowed that lead with a Dubois goal early in the third period.  But then the Caps scored two more goals on breakaways to build the lead back up to 5-2.  The Jackets kept fighting and Foligno got his second goal of the night with just under 12 minutes remaining.  But that was as close the CBJ would get.  The Caps added an empty-netter for the 6-3 final score to eliminate the Jackets.
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« Reply #1303 on: April 24, 2018, 02:02:39 PM »
Now for the inevitable post-mortem:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/24/17274142/what-went-right-and-what-went-wrong-columbus-blue-jackets-washington-capitals

For my less in-depth look, I think the playoff loss came down to three things:

1) Holtby - After the Caps lost the first two games with Grubauer in net, they made the change to former Vezina-winning Braden Holtby and didn't lose another game.  Holtby stopped some strong CBJ efforts with 33 saves (.943) in Game 3, 39 saves (.929) in Game 5, and 35 saves (.921) in Game 6.

2) Penalties - The Jackets needed to stay out of the penalty-box against the dangerous Caps power-play.  And they couldn't.  Going into Game 6, 8 of the Caps 18 goals were on the power-play.  Washington ended up scoring a power-play goal in every game of the series for a total of 9 goals on 27 opportunities.

And on the other side of the penalty coin, the Jackets power-play scoring dried up after the first two games.  In the final four games with Holtby in the net, the Jackets’ power play went 0 for 16.

3) Bob - I hate to criticize Bob, because he's a primary reason why the Jackets reach the playoffs.  But the team needs Bob to be better in the playoffs.  Bobrovsky did show improvement over his previous two playoff appearances with the CBJ.  He stole Game 2 with 54 saves in that overtime win.  His save percentage was .921 through the first four games of the series.

But then he posted .862 in Game 5 and .815 in Game 6, leaving him with a .900 save percentage for the entire six-game series.  The Jackets needed Bob to be Vezina-Bob in some key situations - like in the third period of Game 6.  The Jackets were making a push to force a Game 7, but gave up two breakaways that Bob couldn't stop.  That's not all on Bob, but if he stops those breakaways, the series might still be going.

In CBJ playoff history, Bob has yet to allow fewer than 3 goals in a game.  And that's just not good enough.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1304 on: April 27, 2018, 01:50:22 PM »
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1305 on: May 04, 2018, 12:58:19 PM »
https://www.nhl.com/bluejackets/news/zach-werenski-undergoes-successful-shoulder-surgery/c-298424490

One of the worst-kept secrets in the 2017-18 season was that 20-year-old phenom defenseman Zach Werenski was carrying some kind of shoulder injury throughout this season.  This was confirmed in exit interviews with Z and Torts.

Yesterday, the team announced that Werenski underwent successful surgery to repair that injured shoulder (I always like how the team adds "successful" to these announcements).  The only bit of concerning news was that they expect full recovery to take five to six months.  That would take Z's recovery into missing training camp at best, or missing some games to begin the 2018-19 season at worst.

Despite being hampered by the shoulder injury, Werenski still had 16 goals and 21 assists in 77 games this season.  Those 16 goals set a team record for goals by a defenseman, tied with his defensive linemate Seth Jones, and ranked fourth among all NHL d-men in 2017-18.
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« Reply #1306 on: May 23, 2018, 02:18:05 PM »
Some prospect news for the CBJ:

-- https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-news/2018/05/2300/blue-jackets-sign-alexandre-texier-their-2017-second-round-pick-to-an-entry-level-contract

-- http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20180522/blue-jackets--alexandre-texier-signs-three-year-entry-level-contract

The CBJ announced they signed their highest pick from last year's draft (2nd-round, #45 overall) center Alexandre Texier to a three-year, entry-level contract.  The surprise selection from France played last season in the top Finnish league.  Texier was impressive as an 18-year-old against older pros, getting 22 points in 53 games.  Texier also played for France at the recently finished World Championships, getting 3 assists in 6 games.


The Jackets top goalie prospect, 24-year-old Elvis Merzlikins, also played in the recent finished World Championships.  Merzlikins, whom the Jackets drafted in the third round in 2014, was 4-0-1-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average for Latvia in group play and had 31 saves in Latvia’s 3-2 quarterfinal loss to Sweden (the eventual tournament champs).

After the tournament, there were reports that Merzlikins was considering attempting to get out of the final year of his contract with his Swiss pro team to join the Jackets for the 2018-19 season.  However, his Swiss team issued a statement saying they plan to keep him for 2018-19 and then Merzlikins tweeted that he will be staying with his Swiss team next season:

-- https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-news/2018/05/2298/report-blue-jackets-goalie-prospect-elvis-merzlikins-is-considering-leaving-his-club-team-in-switzerland

-- http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20180522/blue-jackets--swiss-team-says-no-plans-to-let-goalie-elvis-merzlikins-leave

-- http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20180523/blue-jackets--goalie-elvis-merzlikins-says-hell-play-for-swiss-team-next-season
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1307 on: June 23, 2018, 07:31:13 PM »
2018 CBJ DRAFT RECAP

Kekäläinen and his draft gurus played this draft pretty conventionally with no big trades to move up or gain extra picks (except for a minor trade to acquire an additional 6th-round pick).  Here are the picks:

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/6/22/17496002/columbus-blue-jackets-select-ohl-center-liam-foudy-in-first-round -- With their first-round 18th-overall pick, the Jackets selected 6’0, 182 lb Canadian center Liam Foudy.  Foudy plays for the London Knights (same junior team that Rick Nash played for) and possesses speed, a solid two-way game and an athletic pedigree (his father played in the Canadian Football League and his mother won a silver medal for Canada at the 1984 Olympics in track).  He says he models his play on his childhood idol, Pavel Datsyuk (if only he could be that good!).

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/6/23/17496924/2018-nhl-draft-round-2-columbus-blue-jackets-select-kirill-marchenko -- Russian RW Kirill Marchenko was selected with the 2nd-round 49th-overall pick.  At 6’3” 188 lbs, Marchenko is a large player who will need to fill out his frame for the NHL.  Said to be inconsistent but with a high upside.  He currently plays in the Russian junior league.

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/6/23/17497088/2018-nhl-draft-round-3-blue-jackets-select-winger-marcus-karlberg -- Swedish LW Marcus Karlberg was selected with the 3rd-round 80th-overall pick.  At 5’8” 165 lbs, Karlberg is a smaller skater, but put up 47 points in 39 games for his Swedish U20 league team last season.

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/6/23/17497384/2018-nhl-draft-round-6-blue-jackets-select-defenseman-tim-berni -- The CBJ previously traded away their 2018 4th and 5th round picks.  The CBJ then made a trade today for this 6th-round 159th-overall pick with Detroit in exchange for next year's 5th-round pick.  With this newly acquired pick, the Jackets selected Tim Berni, a 5’11” 175 lb Swiss defenseman.  Maybe a smaller version of Dean Kukan?

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/6/23/17497442/2018-nhl-draft-round-6-blue-jackets-select-goalie-veini-vehvilainen -- With their second 6th-round pick at the #173 spot, the Jackets selected Finnish goaltender Veini Vehvilainen.  This is an intriguing pick because he's an overage pick at 21 years old and posted some good looking numbers in the top Finnish league last season.  He is also slightly undersized at 6’0” compared to most current NHL goaltenders.  His older age and pro experience could see him playing in the AHL sooner rather than later to see what he has to offer against North American skaters.
-- Update on Veini Vehvilainen from http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20180623/blue-jackets--jackets-see-gem-in-overlooked-goalie:  He was the starting goaltender for the team that won the Finnish league title last season and is signed to play there next season.  After that he could make the jump to North America; “He could play North American hockey right now,” Kekalainen said.

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/6/23/17497518/2018-nhl-draft-round-7-blue-jackets-select-rw-trey-fix-wolansky -- With the 204th pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, the CBJ selected RW Trey Fix-Wolansky.  In addition to having a cool sounding name, he's a 5'8" winger who had a great season with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL junior league, scoring 32 goals and 57 assists in 71 games.
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« Reply #1308 on: June 27, 2018, 07:50:44 PM »
While we wait for some bigger off-season news, here's a couple bits of small news:

https://www.nhl.com/bluejackets/news/columbus-blue-jackets-acquire-jean-francois-berube/c-299302050 -- The Jackets traded 27-year-old forward Jordan Schroeder to Chicago for 26-year-old goaltender Jean-François Bérubé.  A very minor deal, but somewhat perplexing.  Although Schroeder did virtually nothing at the NHL-level last season, he was quite productive and a veteran presence in Cleveland last season, which had some value to the organization.  I'm not sure I see the value that adding Bérubé brings to the organization, unless he is replacing Brad Thiessen as the veteran backup to the two goalie prospects in Cleveland.

https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/06/27/the-penguins-reported-interest-in-jack-johnson-is-baffling/ -- Report out of Pittsburgh that the Penguins intend to sign UFA defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year contract in the $3-3.5 million/year range.  Normally CBJ fans would be outraged that one our players would want to leave Columbus for our division rival.  But considering that JJ will turn 32 next season, is coming off of a career-worst year offensively, and whose season ended with him being a healthy scratch in all 6 CBJ playoff games - nobody is mourning his departure.  In fact, most knowledgeable CBJ fans are looking forward to JJ committing turnovers and being out of position defensively against the CBJ instead of for the CBJ!!!
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« Reply #1309 on: July 01, 2018, 07:47:45 PM »
NHL free-agency opened today and the CBJ lost some players and gained some players:

-- Johnson signed with Pittsburgh and Calvert signed with Colorado.  The Jackets didn't try and resign these players.  Calvert was the longest tenured Blue Jacket player (now Cam Atinkson is longest tenured).

-- D-man Ian Cole also signed with Colorado.  This is a player the Jackets would have liked to retain.  But the Avs gave him a 3-year, 4.25-mil AAV deal, which was a little too rich on the AAV side for the CBJ.

-- The biggest player signed by the Jackets today was Nash.  No, not that Nash.  Riley Nash from Boston.  Nash was given a 3-year, 2.75-mil AAV deal.  A good value for a 29-year-old third-line center who scored 41 points in 76 games last year for Boston.  And it fills a pressing need for the CBJ.

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« Reply #1310 on: July 02, 2018, 11:49:29 AM »
A little more about yesterday's free-agent signings:

-- Riley Nash - in addition to filling a pressing need for a third-line center with the ability to fill-in on the top lines - was declared one of the best free-agent bargains:  https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/07/01/best-bargains-on-day-one-of-nhl-free-agency/

-- The other FA acquisitions were three veteran AHL defensemen (Tommy Cross, Adam Clendening, Dillon Simpson) and resigning veteran AHL goalie Brad Thiessen.  All three d-men have some NHL experience but have mostly played at the AHL-level and were signed to short-term, two-way contracts.  This means they will likely play next season for the Cleveland Monsters, unless called-up to Columbus for injury replacement roles:
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https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/7/1/17522952/jackets-sign-defender-tommy-cross-boston-college-providence-bruins
https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/7/1/17523152/adam-clendening-signs-with-columbus-blue-jackets-defense-rockford-icehogs-ahl-nhl
https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/7/1/17523198/dillon-simpson-becomes-third-defender-signed-by-jackets-during-2018-free-agency

-- The re-signing of Thiessen is interesting because the Jackets acquired veteran goalie Bérubé in a trade before yesterday's FA opening.  This now gives the Cleveland Monsters two veteran goalies going into 2018-19.  Thiessen was injured for most of 2017-18 and the Monsters had to rely on two young prospects (which didn't go well).  These veteran goalie additions and the bolstering of the d-lines with veteran players should bode well for the Monsters 2018-19 AHL season:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/7/1/17523462/brad-thiessen-returns-to-backstop-the-monsters-for-the-2018-19-season
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« Reply #1311 on: July 02, 2018, 12:15:32 PM »
But the two biggest off-season roster decisions remain ahead for the Blue Jackets.  Both Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are entering the last season of their current contracts.  They will both be UFA's at the end of their current contracts.

The bigger of the two is likely Panarin.  The team has previously gone through contract negotiations with Bob and there's some confidence that Bob will re-sign at some point.  Panarin is more of a wild-card.  He's only been with the CBJ for one season and its unclear if he wants to stay in Columbus long-term.  Because of that, the CBJ would like to sign Panarin to a long-term extension over this summer.

However, Panarin and his agent expressed to the CBJ that they are not willing to negotiate a contract extension “at this time.”  What does that truly mean?  That he would never sign an extension?  Or that he would be willing during or after next season?

This was always a risk in acquiring Panarin from Chicago last year (and a reason Chicago dealt him).  Just the fact that Panarin expressed this to the CBJ has put a ton of pressure on the team.  They have a big decision to make this offseason - a big franchise altering decision.  Here's the three options on how that could play out:

1) The Blue Jackets retain Panarin this season and treat 2018-19 as an all-in for the Cup season.
2) The Blue Jackets retain Panarin this season but trade him by the trade deadline if team is too far out of it.
3) The Blue Jackets trade Panarin for an acceptable return this summer.

This article looks at and breaks down each of those options:  https://thehockeywriters.com/columbus-blue-jackets-big-decision/
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1312 on: July 05, 2018, 01:35:22 PM »
The CBJ signed RFA forward (and perennial best beard) Boone Jenner to a four-year contract extension.  The contract runs through 2021-22, is worth a total of $15 million, for a $3.75 million AAV/cap hit:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/7/5/17536386/official-boone-jenner-signs-extension-with-columbus-blue-jackets


Jenner is still only 25 and this contract buys out his first three UFA years at a reasonable cap hit.  He's a rugged top 9 forward that is punishing on the forecheck and along the boards.  But he has had some injury history and been up-and-down from season to season (likely due to those injuries).  And there is some concern that he can't keep up with the faster pace of today's NHL.  Personally, I like Jenner as a complimentary player to less physical faster players and this seems like fair deal to both sides.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1313 on: July 05, 2018, 07:16:51 PM »
Another CBJ roster move - this one a UFA signing of the "low risk, potential high reward" variety.  Forward Anthony Duclair signed a one-year, $650,000 deal - a "show me" contract for a young player who has shown some potential, but much more inconsistency in his NHL career thus far.  Duclair had 20 goals in his first full season with Arizona in 2015-16.  But only 16 in 114 games after that.  Still, Duclair will only be 23 during next season - and the Jackets found success in a similar "show me" contract with Sam Gagner two seasons ago:
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https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/7/5/17537874/report-blue-jackets-sign-anthony-duclair
https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/07/05/anthony-duclair-signs-with-blue-jackets-as-search-for-consistency-continues/
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« Reply #1314 on: July 14, 2018, 06:31:20 PM »
Defenseman Ryan Murray has accepted his RFA qualifying offer from the team.  This qualifying offer was a one-year deal for $2.825 million.  Which means Murray (who turns 25 in September) will be under contract for the 2018-19 season and will be an RFA next summer with arbitration rights.

The only remaining unsigned RFA player is Oliver Bjorkstrand, who was also given a qualifying offer, along with Murray and Jenner, by the team:

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/7/14/17571464/ryan-murray-accepts-blue-jackets-qualifying-offer

https://www.nhl.com/bluejackets/news/blue-jackets-defenseman-ryan-murray-accepts-club-qualifying-offer/c-299488700
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1315 on: July 16, 2018, 12:46:40 PM »
The Blue Jackets signed their remaining RFA Oliver Bjorkstrand (or as he's referred to at the Jackets Cannon, BJORKSTRAND) to a three-year, $2.5 million AAV contract.  The 23-year-old forward was MVP of the 2016 AHL Calder Cup Champion Lake Erie Monsters and completed his first full NHL season in 2017-18, where he tallied 40 points in 82 regular season games and 3 points in six playoff games.  Bjorkstrand is coming off his entry-level contract and will be an RFA at the end of this three-year deal:

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/7/15/17573520/nhl-free-agency-columbus-blue-jackets-re-sign-oliver-bjorkstrand

https://www.nhl.com/bluejackets/news/blue-jackets-sign-forward-oliver-bjorkstrand-to-three-year-contract/c-299492076
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« Reply #1316 on: July 16, 2018, 12:47:31 PM »
In a normal CBJ summer, signing two new forwards (Riley Nash & Anthony Duclair) and re-signing all three of their RFA players (Jenner, Murray & Bjorkstrand) would likely be the extent of their off-season roster moves.  But there's a couple of wild-cards still remaining.

Both franchise goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and potential franchise forward Artemi Panarin are entering the final season of their current contracts.  Both will be UFA's after next season.  Normally, the team would like to sign both players with a long-term extension before they become free-agents:

- With Bobrovsky, its unclear if the team wants a long-term deal.  A two-time Vezina winner will command a huge salary - and despite Bob's stellar regular season numbers, his playoff play has been unspectacular.  That and some intriguing goalies in the pipeline might give the CBJ pause on signing a huge-cap-hit long-term-deal with Bob.  Bob's current contract also has a no-movement clause, so he's also unlikely to be traded during the off-season.  So Bob may or may not be with the CBJ long-term, but he should definitely be the starting goaltender in 2018-19.

- With Panarin, its clear that the team wants a long-term deal with the elite-scoring forward.  But its much less clear if Panarin wants a long-term deal with the CBJ.  Panarin's agent has said he's "not ready" to sign a contract extension - which could be code for "I don't want to re-sign with the CBJ" or "I want to test the free-agent market next summer".  Add into the mix rumors that the 26-year-old Russian yearns for a bigger spotlight on a coastal city or that his girlfriend sees herself as an aspiring model/actress and a NYC or LA destination come into play.  However, those are just rumors - and he's never been a bad teammate or said anything negative about the team or city of Columbus.  So its just unclear what Panarin really wants to do.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen met with Panarin and his agent today in Nice, France (where Panarin is vacationing) in hopes off clearing up just what Panarin does want.  Apparently there has been no resolution and Panarin remains non-committal to the CBJ.  Given what happened with John Tavares leaving the Islanders, the Jackets would be taking a huge risk that Panarin would similarly walk away for nothing next summer.  Also, Panarin's current contract doesn't have any no-movement or no-trade restrictions - so the Jackets could trade him anywhere for the best available return if they don't think he'll re-sign.  Unfortunately, that return is not likely to be for Panarin's full current value.  So the team is in a tough spot figuring out whether to trade or not trade Panarin.

https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/07/15/blue-jackets-get-nice-value-with-bjorkstrand-panarin-meeting-looms/

https://unionandblue.com/2018/07/15/columbus-blue-jackets-keys-consider-jarmo-panarin-contract-talks/

https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-news/2018/07/2418/artemi-panarin-is-still-not-ready-to-commit-long-term-to-the-blue-jackets-after-meeting-with-jarmo-kekalainen
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1317 on: September 14, 2018, 08:16:46 PM »
It might be hard to believe on a day when the high reached 86 - but today is the first day of on-ice training camp for the Columbus Blue Jackets 2018-19 season.  Yesterday was the team's media availability day along with physicals and fitness training.  Below is the CBJ training camp schedule:

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/9/13/17853378/columbus-blue-jackets-training-camp-rosters-and-schedule

The Jackets first preseason game is on Monday.  Their opening regular season game is Thursday, October 4th at Detroit - followed by the home opener on Friday, October 5th against Carolina.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1318 on: September 14, 2018, 08:17:01 PM »
For an overview of the upcoming 2018-19 season, here's a bunch of preview articles about the CBJ.  These nbcsports (aka ProHockeyTalk) articles are from August 9th - when it was Columbus Blue Jackets day at PHT - and was their turn to be examined by that site.  The first article also gives a review of last season:

-- https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/08/09/its-columbus-blue-jackets-day-at-pht-4/

-- https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/08/09/three-questions-facing-columbus-blue-jackets/

-- https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/08/09/building-off-a-breakthrough-pierre-luc-dubois/

-- https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/08/09/under-pressure-jarmo-kekalainen/


These are some more recent and more detailed positional previews for the 2018-19 season from the excellent Jackets Cannon website:

-- https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/9/11/17844368/2018-columbus-blue-jackets-training-camp-battles-centers

-- https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/9/12/17830254/training-camp-battles-wingers-columbus-blue-jackets-vitaly-abramov

-- https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/9/13/17853690/training-camp-battles-defense-columbus-blue-jackets-kukan-harrington-carlsson-jones-werenski-nuti
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1319 on: September 19, 2018, 03:36:47 PM »
The CBJ (and the rest of the NHL) is getting back their third/alternate jerseys back for 2018-19 - after last season's hiatus.  Below is an article about the 2018-19 version of Blue Jackets "cannon" jersey, which includes a schedule of the 12 games they’ll wear the jersey at Nationwide Arena:

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/9/17/17870204/columbus-blue-jackets-unveil-new-adidas-third-jerseys

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