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At This Time Artemi Panarin Is Not Interested In Negotiating A Contract Extension

from Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

Things happen fast in hockey, including the offseason.

That became clear Tuesday afternoon, when a tweet by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman about Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin caused an instant commotion in NHL circles.

Friedman tweeted that Columbus is now testing the trade market for Panarin - who has a year left on his contract - in response to him reportedly telling the Jackets he's not interested in negotiating an extension yet.

Jarmo Kekalainen, the Blue Jackets' general manager, responded with a statement.

"Artemi is an elite National Hockey League player," the statement said. "Our position has been that we want him to be a Blue Jacket for many years and that has not changed. He has a year left on his contract, so there is plenty of time to work towards that end. Should anything change moving forward, we will address it at that time and any decision we make will be in the best interest of our club."


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How William Karlsson Ended Up In Las Vegas

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The deal Kekalainen cut with Vegas went like this: The Knights took the contract of the injured David Clarkson, who had two more years and $10.5 million remaining and was physically incapable of playing hockey. The Knights also got a first-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2019. In exchange, they promised to pass on forward Josh Anderson and backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo in the expansion draft, and they “agreed” to take Karlsson.

This is a sensitive subject for Jackets fans. I’m a bit more sanguine. Karlsson had scored zero goals in his last 45 regular-season games with the Jackets. He was part of the price the Jackets had to pay to unload Clarkson’s contract. As it turns out, it might have been too high a price — but there is a return.

Had Clarkson’s contract not come off the Jackets’ cap, Kekalainen would be hard pressed to take care of the free agents who need new contracts. Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are just the start of a long list of to-dos that are more doable with Clarkson off the books.


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Zach Werenski Out 5-6 Months After Shoulder Surgery

via BlueJackets.com,

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski underwent successful surgery earlier today to repair an injured shoulder, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. Larry Watson, one of the club's OhioHealth team physicians, at Orthopedic ONE in Columbus. Full recovery is expected to take five to six months.

"Zach has been dealing with this injury since early in the season and while he was able to play through it, our medical team determined that surgery was the best option at this time," said Kekalainen. "The surgery went very well and the expectation is Zach will be ready to play by the start of the season or shortly thereafter."

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Now What Columbus?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Here are a few questions and observations as the Jackets evaluate how to upgrade:...

What about Bread, and what about Bob? These are the big questions. Panarin, the most talented Jacket to ever don the Union Blue sweater (with the exception of Sergei Fedorov, who was well beyond his prime when he landed on the shores of the Scioto), is entering the final year of his contract. So is goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, a two-time Vezina winner and franchise foundation.

If I’m the GM, I back up the Brinks truck for Panarin and hope he re-ups.

As for Bob? Man, that’s a tough call. Do you give him a long-term deal — say, seven years — at $10 million per? Do you believe he has slain his playoff dragons? Your alternatives — Joonas Korpisalo and/or a revolving door of free-agent goalies — can’t be any better. If I’m the GM, I take into account that Bob is in his prime, he is quality, and he has meant a great deal to the organization. I also think hard how the goaltender position fits under my cap heading into the 2020s.


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The Columbus Blue Jackets Need Help At Center, How About John Tavares?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

There are a lot of ways to break down that playoff series. Strength down the middle is among the critical areas. In this case, the Jackets had their spine snapped by the Capitals.

That is why general manager Jarmo Kekalainen should make bolstering the position a priority in the coming months. He should kick the tires, hard, if pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares decides to pass on re-upping with the Islanders.

We don’t know how the Blue Jackets are structuring their cap for the coming years, or if they can fit Tavares beneath it (or if he could come here), but he is the center they’ve never drafted. Elite.

Kekalainen should have a list of second-line targets that might be gettable via a trade (and he has assets among his deep core of defensemen to dangle as bait). At the least, the Jackets could use someone who looks like Beagle on the fourth line. Beagle killed them.


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Done Again In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Capitals set up another heartbreaking, second-round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins by first taking care of the Jackets. The Caps capped the series with a 6-3 victory Monday night in Game 6 before a crowd that did not have enough beer at Nationwide Arena. Oh, there was beer. But not enough.

The Capitals trailed two games to zip after dropping a pair at home last week. They came back and won four in a row, three at Nationwide. For what it’s worth, Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky came away confident that nobody will say he needs a psychologist anymore. I’ll just leave that there.

The Jackets have been in business for nearly 20 years and they have yet to win a Stanley Cup playoff series. A lot of people — within and without the locker room — thought maybe this was the year. Hope was further stoked after the Jackets took the aforementioned two-zip lead with a pair of overtime victories at Capital One Arena....

To me, Game 3 stands above all. You talk about what if, what if, what if — what if the Jackets take a three-zip lead in the series with a victory at Nationwide? Man, all the struggles the fans have gone through with this franchise would have been washed away with just one more goal in the first overtime, or the second, on April 17, 2018.

Maybe next year.

more, basically breaking down the series game by game...

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

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We Will Have One Game 7 On Wednesday Night

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 to force a game 7 in Boston.

The Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Bleu Jackets 6-3 to win the series 4-2.  It will be Caps/Pens in round 2.

added 10:33pm, Washington/Columbus handshakes can be watched below alog with the game highlights.

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This Time, Luck On The Side Of The Washington Capitals

from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

To those who believe that once the Stanley Cup playoffs start the Washington Capitals have no luck at all except buzzard luck, there are now several big, fat exhibits to the contrary.

It’s far too early to declare a change of trend. A few nice breaks, along with some good clutch play, are not enough to reverse a decades-long sense of ill fortune and black clouds.

But in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena on Saturday, as in Game 3 in Columbus on Tuesday, the Caps got plain, old, wonderful puck-luck of the kind they have seldom received in the past.

And they have seldom needed it more. Suddenly, with three straight wins, including a 4-3 overtime triumph in Game 5, they have turned a brutal two-games-to-none deficit — after consecutive confidence-eroding overtime losses at home — into a three-games-to-two lead.


Below, watch the highlights from the game.

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Video- Washington Capitals Now One Win Away From Advancing To Round 2

Caps defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in OT and lead the series 3-2.


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Videos- “We Sucked” -John Tortorella

John Tortorella post-game after the Columbus Blue Jackets suffered a 4-1 home loss to the Washington Capitals.



Below, watch the game highlights.

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