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Zach Werenski’s Goal Is To Be Ready For Opening Night

from Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

He's still going through rehab exercises, but Zach Werenski is making good progress with his surgically-repaired shoulder this summer.

The 21-year old defenseman is back on the ice, even stepping into slap shots, and he's hoping to take his first contact at some point in training camp. His focus is also locked on Oct. 4 at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit, when the Blue Jackets will open the 2018-19 regular season against the Detroit Red Wings - the team he cheered growing up in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

"My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1," Werenski told BlueJackets.com. "You never want to miss time, you never want to miss games, so my goal going into training camp and into the season is to be ready for Game 1. If it's later, like Game 5 or Game 10, whenever that is, I'm going to work to miss as few games as possible and be ready to help the team."


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Should The Columbus Blue Jackets Trade Artemi Panarin And An Outlook On The Edmonton Oilers

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers questions from the fans.

Does Artemi Panarin play the season out in Columbus or is he dealt? Which teams are a fit for a trade if he is dealt?

I think he should be traded before the season. I don't know if that is what the Columbus Blue Jackets will do, but it's the only good solution because Panarin, who had 82 points (27 goals, 55 assists) in 81 games last season, couldn't be making it any clearer that he envisions settling into a long-term contract with another team. It doesn't seem like he has any animosity toward the Blue Jackets, but Panarin has told them he is not willing to negotiate a new contract and would become an unrestricted free agent after this season. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen must gather a list of teams that interest Panarin, ones that are willing to sign him to a contract extension, and the Blue Jackets then would trade him for the best possible return. It's as if they'd be operating under the pretenses that Panarin has a limited no-trade clause even though he does not. Columbus wouldn't be dealing from a position of strength because every team in the NHL knows what is happening. That's why it's possible, if not likely, that the Blue Jackets won't be able to recoup Panarin's full value in a trade. It stinks, but it's the reality of a difficult situation the Blue Jackets didn't create but must live with....

Will the Edmonton Oilers rebound in some way, shape or form with the additions of the new assistant coaches, depth at forward and a new backup goalie? What else do they need to do to add to their team to make the playoffs?

If I had to do predictions today, I wouldn't pick the Oilers to make the playoffs, not in the Pacific Division, where at least the Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks have to be considered better than Edmonton. The Calgary Flames might be too, and the Arizona Coyotes are on the rise. There is too much uncertainty in Edmonton outside of captain Connor McDavid. He can only do so much. He needs help. He doesn't have enough.

The Oilers' chances can't be considered very good if they're banking on the following: resurgent seasons from goalie Cam Talbot (31-31-3, 3.02 goals-against average, .908 save percentage last season) and left wing Milan Lucic (34 points in 82 games last season); growth from 20-year-old right wing Jesse Puljujarvi (20 points in 65 games last season); the possibility that 19-year-old forward Kailor Yamamoto can be a dynamic player; and the hope the power play can improve (it was last in the NHL at 14.8 percent) with new assistants Glen Gulutzan and Manny Viveiros working on it (new assistant Trent Yawney will handle the penalty kill). That's what I mean by uncertainty....

more on each of the above plus more Q & A...

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Artemi Panarin Would Look Good Wearing A Boston Bruins Sweater

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Blue Jackets realize that they’ve lost Artemi Panarin, their star left winger who still has a year left on his deal. They know that the 26-year-old wants to be in a big city with a large, vibrant Russian population, which means he’ll most likely end up back in Chicago, or maybe LA or somewhere in the Ranger-Islander-Devil metro-NY area.

Panarin will be an unrestricted free agent next July 1, after only four seasons in the NHL, and he has full control of the narrative and the pay rate — the latter likely to land around the $9.5M per season the Bolts recently handed fellow Russian Nikita Kucherov on an eight-year deal.

Boston can’t match any of those cities on the Russians-per-square-inch scale, but the Hub is a world-class city with a perennial playoff contender, and the Bruins could accommodate his salary. He would be the dream answer to landing David Krejci an elite winger on the second line, leaving the Bruins with arguably the two top left wingers in the game.

continued plus more hockey topics...

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The Latest On Artemi Panarin’s Contract Situation

from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

After initial reports of the Jackets testing the market for their star winger due to his unwillingness to negotiate an extension with the club, Panarin and Kekalainen met earlier this month to discuss the best course forward. Little was accomplished during that meeting, however, with the Russian’s agent, Daniel Milstein, characterizing the meeting as “a good conversation,” but with “no contract progress” made.

Now it appears Panarin and his representatives are making moves to nudge the situation towards a resolution. The winger has set a Sept. 13 deadline to discuss his current situation with the club, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, after which all off-ice discussions will be tabled.

That particular date — the start of training camp — means the Blue Jackets front office has roughly two months to either convince the winger to negotiate an extension (which still appears unlikely) or facilitate a trade. If neither occurs, it appears Panarin would prefer to play out the 2018-19 season with negotiations set aside, leaving all discussions of an extension until next summer, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

read on

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The Latest On Artemi Panarin

from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

On Sunday, Panarin’s agent, Daniel Milstein, provided an update on his client’s position in a lengthy interview with The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, confirming that the winger informed the Blue Jackets before the 2018 draft of his indecision regarding an extension with the club.

It appears the central issues for the former Chicago Blackhawk are the term of a potential deal and simply the franchise’s location, as Panarin hasn’t yet decided whether he wants to spend much of the next decade in Columbus, according to his agent.

“[Panarin] loves the team, he loves the coach. It’s not the team or the way they treat him,” Milstein explained to Portzline. “It’s about, does he want to spend the next eight years in Columbus? That’s the only thing at stake right now. If it was a two-year deal we probably would have done it.


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Morning Line- Manny Legace

"I've been very lucky. I've played with Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood [in Detroit], and I've seen some of the best in the world. It was [Hasek], Patrick [Roy] and Marty Brodeur there [at the top] for a long time, right? And that's the way 'Bob' is. He's one of those elite goalies, who trains like those guys, thinks like those guys, because I know how those guys think. Coming into it, I already know the mindset that he has and how he trains. It's very impressive, and his game is very impressive."

-Manny Legace, the new goaltending coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com has more.

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Boone Jenner Signs A Four-Year Extension With Columbus


Press release is below.

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Morning Line- Joe Starkey

So again, under normal circumstances, I’d say Rutherford was way out of line. But that would be ignoring the fact that John Tortorella coaches the Blue Jackets — and Tortorella has never been one to mind his business. So why should anyone else?

Tortorella’s mere existence invites antagonism. He had a chance to be the bigger man here, but at 5-foot-8 and with skin as thin as tinfoil, he is rarely the bigger man. He may, in fact, be the all-time best example of “Napoleon Complex,” maybe better than Napoleon himself (although Napoleon won more big games).

-Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the yesterday's back and forth between Jim Rutherford and John Tortorella.  Read more on this topic.

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Artemi Panarin In Charge In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets were aware that they could lose Panarin as an unrestricted free agent in 2019. They made him comfortable, witnessed his on-ice magic and prepared to lock him up long term this summer.

Panarin demurred. He does not want to talk extension, not “at this time.” Rumor has it he would rather play in a large market, preferably near a beach — optimally in a place where there are no state taxes. Los Angeles, New York, Florida (Tampa Bay?) and Dallas have been floated as possibilities.

Panarin is within his rights to handle his pending free agency as he wishes. We can’t know exactly what he wants, but we must acknowledge he has all the leverage. Watch your knees.

There is a school of thought that says: If Panarin doesn’t want to be a Blue Jacket, then trade him, salvage what you can and get some Blue Jackets — and the sooner the better. The thing is, this isn’t Jeff Carter we’re talking about. Panarin is the most dynamic player the Jackets have ever had. He is not poison.


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Report- Jack Johnson May Soon Be Playing For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Jack Johnson is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins when he becomes a free agent July 1, 105.9 The X and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday.

The 31-year-old defenseman had 11 points (three goals, eight assists) for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season after scoring 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) the previous season.

"If we can add another defenseman, I'd be pretty happy going into opening night," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said.


I saw those reports earlier today, AAV was reported between $3M-3.5M.

Remember, this period of talk to the UFAs is supposed to be general talk but salary always seems to find a way into the talk.

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