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Morning Line- Jarmo Kekalainen

"I think we have a strong team, I don't think that we have any huge holes. We've added a good player into our lineup today in Gustav Nyquist and we're happy to have him. … I think we're in a great position with the flexibility we have to make some moves, whether it's through free agency or a trade to make our team stronger. If we see an opportunity that makes sense for us, we'll be working on it."

-Jarmo Kekalainen, GM for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com has more.

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Gustav Nyquist Lands In Columbus

from BlueJackets.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed free agent forward Gustav Nyquist to a four-year contract through the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Nyquist, 29, has recorded 131 goals and 175 assists for 306 points with 128 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating, while averaging 16:31 in time on ice in 500 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. He has posted 40 or more points in all six of his full NHL campaigns and tallied 20 or more goals four times.

"Gustav Nyquist is a skilled, fast, two-way player who will be a great addition to our club both on the ice and in the dressing room," said Kekalainen. "He is a talented playmaker with a versatile game who has been extremely durable throughout his career and we are very excited to welcome him to the Blue Jackets family."

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Regarding The Two High Profile UFAs From Columbus

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Video- Top ‘Bob’ Saves From Last Season

Just over 5 minutes to watch.

 

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John Davidson Resigns From His Position With The Columbus Blue Jackets

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

STATEMENT FROM BLUE JACKETS PRESIDENT MIKE PRIEST

"The New York Rangers recently sought permission from our organization to speak with John Davidson about serving as their team president. That permission was granted and today John has resigned his position as the president of hockey operations and alternate governor with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"Personally, I want to thank J.D. for his friendship and the many contributions that he and his wife, Diana, have made to the Blue Jackets and throughout our community. He helped us forge a winning culture based on preparation, hard work, accountability and honesty. He set the tone and hired talented people that put in place a plan to build the Blue Jackets through the draft and player development with the end goal being a team that could compete and have success at the highest-level on a yearly basis.

"The winning culture that now is entrenched in all of us will continue under the direction of Jarmo Kekalainen, who will now serve as an alternate governor in addition to general manager, and the leaders within our hockey operations department. We remain committed to improving on the successes we've had in recent seasons with the goal of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to Columbus."

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Will Have A Different Look Next Season

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Wholesale changes are on the horizon. Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson is expected to return home to New York to succeed Glen Sather as Rangers president. Assistant coach Brad Shaw is expected to interview for the head coaching vacancy in Ottawa. (Assistant GM Bill Zito interviewed for the Edmonton Oilers’ GM job that went to Ken Holland. He will likely be a GM soon.)

Oh, yeah. Panarin, Bobrovsky,  and  are all likely to hit the market on July 1 in free agency.

“It’s disappointing,” Kekalainen said. “I think everybody in the room, including coaches and management, believe that we had a team that we think could win the Cup. When you fall short, it’s disappointing.”

On one hand, this was the best season in Blue Jackets history. They won the franchise’s first-ever playoff series in spectacular fashion, sweeping the Presidents’ Trophy winner in an upset that flipped the playoffs on its head with a series that will be talked about for years.

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Video- Charlie McAvoy Hit Tonight

You make the call. 

Call on the ice, 2 for illegal check to the head.

 

 

added 9:18pm, Pretty similar hit by Drew Doughty in the playoffs last year.  Watch below and FYI, no penalty on Doughty for the hit.  But was suspended one game.

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The Boston Bruins Are Ready For Tonight’s Game 6

from Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins took a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals with Saturday night’s thrilling 4-3 victory at the Garden. The Bruins had a 2-0 lead in the third but let Columbus tie the game 3-3 on a slot shot by defenseman Dean Kukan at 13:58. The Bruins rallied to win on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the game with 1:28 to play.

“On time starts,” Cassidy said. “I think we have been a good first-period team and extend the lead when you can, and we did that last night.

“I know it sounds simple, but that is your formula as the game goes on, that’s what it has to be. “

With a win in Game 6, the Bruins would advance to the Eastern Conference finals and host the Carolina Hurricanes. A Columbus victory would force a Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night.

“We follow (Cassidy’s) lead and he knows it’s going to be a tough task,” Bruins center Charlie Coyle said. “They are a good team, they play well at home, and their crowd gets into it.

“We have to make sure we play a simple game early on. If we sit back a little bit and they make their push, they will make you pay with their chances. We saw some of that (Saturday), and it’s up to us.”

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Video- A Wild One In Boston Tonight

Six goals sored in the 3rd period, including the game winner by Pastrnak with 1:28 left.

Bruins win 4-3 and lead the series 3-2.

 

 

Below, watch John Tortorella post-game.

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Video- HNIC Feature On Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen

via Sportsnet,

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen explains how his team overcame the inherent distractions of impending free agency for some star players, going all in at the NHL trade deadline.

 

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