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from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Let's start out with Bobrovsky and Panarin. The Blue Jackets have wanted to discuss extensions with both, but each has decided against it. Where do you go from here? Do you try to trade them or finish out the season?

They're both terrific players. They're both terrific guys. And they're Columbus Blue Jackets until they're not. We'll see what comes. We'll see how it plays out. And then when it comes time to make decisions that are really important for us, we'll make decisions. They've both been playing very well for us right now. They've both been great parts of our club for a long time. [Bobrovsky], in particular, for a long time. Artemi, since he's been here, he's been such a terrific player on that line with Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois. I hope they're Blue Jackets for a long time. Ultimately, that might not be our call. You'll just have to wait and see like the rest of us.

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Playing As A Team In Columbus Even With The Contracts Of Bobrovsky And Panarin Linger

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets (12-7-2) are in first place in the Metropolitan Division, which is up for grabs this season. The loss in Toronto snapped a seven-game point streak, which was buttressed by rock-solid road victories in Washington and Dallas.

The Jackets are finding some consistency after a checkered start. They’re in a good place heading into the second half of the first half of their season. The strangeness surrounding the contract situations of Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky has not compromised the team’s mojo.

Bread and Bob are in the final year of their contracts, they are not negotiating with the Jackets (right now), and they can become unrestricted free agents next summer. Bread was squeezing his stick a little bit earlier this month, but he’s dancing again. Bob showed up to camp in a bit of a huff and got off to a shaky start, but he has been in Vezina form during the recent streak.

It’s a testament to Bread, Bob and their teammates that they’ve managed to play so well as a group. Players can say, “Well, that’s a business side, and we get it” — but in this case, two star players have essentially said they don’t want to be teammates anymore. Or for only a little while longer.

Will the standings change Bread’s mind? Bob’s mind? Essentially, that is what management is hoping. We’ll see how it goes.

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The Latest On Artemi Panarin’s Contract Situation

from TSN,

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the two sides have left things at that since the season began, but Panarin will update his agent on the situation next month.

Panarin is one of two pending unrestricted free agents on the Blue Jackets, along with starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. During the off-season, both Russian stars expressed interest in playing out their current contracts this season.

"I wouldn't say much has changed with Bobrovsky, but here is what I would say with Artemi Panarin. His agent Dan Milstein is slated to meet with him in person next month during the holiday break to go over where they are with that contract situation," LeBrun reported Monday on Insider Trading. "They haven't talked business since early September. We know this off-season, Panarin said he's not ready to sign an extension with Columbus and probably was headed towards the market on July 1st. Now, has that changed? All I can tell you is this - everyone around him feels that he is a happy person. He's scoring, the team is in first place and that is the greatest asset that the Blue Jackets have right now is to keep showing him that this a good place to be.

"In the meantime, I asked Jarmo Kekäläinen on Monday, what if he's still unsigned at the trade deadline? He brought up the example of Jack Johnson, who last year was a pending UFA, the Blue Jackets examined the trade offers on the table and decided they would keep him for the playoffs. They can do the same thing with Panarin or obviously they can move him.

"The bottom line is I think they'll make him a contract offer right before the deadline to see if they can convince him to stay."

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Videos- John Tortorella After A 4-2 Loss To The Toronto Maple Leafs

He calls them as he sees them.

 

 

Below, watch the game highlights.

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Video- Fight Of The Night

Josh Anderson and Jamie Benn.

 

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Video- Cam Fowler With All 3 Goals For The Anaheim Ducks In OT Win Over The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

The first one tied the score and gave his teammates a much-needed jolt of energy and confidence. The second one put his team in the lead, although not to stay. The third one was like a bolt of lightning, making his team winners and putting the brakes on a seven-game losing skid.

Defenseman Cam Fowler never saw the hats hitting the ice because he was being mobbed by his teammates after the third of his career-high three goals gave the Ducks a 3-2 overtime victory Sunday over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center.

“I was getting punched in the face,” Fowler said, laughing. “It was a good feeling. It was something I’ll remember for a long time. But I don’t want it to be about me, but more about the team and the steps we’re taking now. I’m happy with it, but it was a big win.”

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Video- John Tortorella Makes His Post Game Remarks Very Brief

A man of few words tonight after their 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Exit stage right, watch below.

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It’s Getting Bad For The St. Louis Blues

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The repeated thud-thud-thudding that has been the Blues’ season may have hit rock bottom on Thursday night in a 7-4 loss to Columbus at Enterprise Center, landing with an empty, hollow plop not unlike a bag of fertilizer falling from the top of a tall building onto wet grass. It’s almost sure to leave a mark.

Of course, maybe it only seems to be at rock bottom. Maybe there’s still farther to go.

The free-falling Blues’ future is still very much up in the air as it seems to be making a beeline for the basement. In any case, reports of the Blues having found their game in Canada turned out to be greatly exaggerated, at least on this night. After a brief flurry of interest to start the game that put them up 2-0, a score that only means grief in these parts, the Blues gave up a goal, then another, then another and, well, the final score was 7-4 so you get where this is headed. The theme for the night soon became the odd-man rush, which Columbus seemed to have time after time; for Blues’ goalies, the theme was fishing the puck out of their own net.

After the game, and after 23 minutes spent with the doors to the dressing room closed while players and coaches talked, Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo spoke to the frustration that affected the entire team: “I’m tired of having these conversations. We need to be better. We’re just not good in small aspects of our game. We’re giving up odd-man rushes. We’re giving up chances that are uncharacteristic of this group. Small things make a difference in the game now, especially the way every team is built, every team can score. We’ve got to take care of our end. I’m tired of leaving our goalie out to dry.”

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Highlights are below along with Mike Yeo post-game comments.

added 8:51am, added an article regarding he future of Mike Yeo below the videos.

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Video- Zach Werenski’s Recovery From Shoulder Surgery

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Will Artemi Panarin And Sergei Bobrovsky Be Moved Sooner Than Later?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The best bet to get anything in return is to deal Panarin and Bobrovsky before the deadline, but do the Jackets really want to do that in the middle of a playoff race? Probably not, but if they want an example of how bad it can get if they don’t make a move, all they have to do is watch Tavares with the Leafs....

The reality is if the Jackets are going to move Panarin, 26, and Bobrovsky, 30, they may want to act quickly.

“If they want to get players back, they’d be better off to do it sooner rather than later,” the executive added.

Suddenly, the February deadline appears to be approaching quickly.

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