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All John Tortorella

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

Portzline: Your team came into last season with so much to prove, almost a sense of embarrassment about the previous two seasons. What is the motivation now, and how worried are you about a let-down, or a feeling that the 50 wins and 108 points means you’ve arrived?

Tortorella: I’ll give you one line in the letter I sent to them this summer: ‘We played 10 days extra. That’s it. Ten days.’ The biggest thing I’m trying to say to you, Portzy, is I’ve been through this before in Tampa. Look, I thought we had a really good camp last year to get us going in the right direction. Our mindset, I thought, changed as we went through camp and into our season. We lost our first two games, had a reset right away. That helped us. I know … in my gut, I think this year is going to be a year where we have to try to figure out some other things.

AP: It seemed like the stars aligned last season …

JT: I don’t know if we’re going to be able to win 16 games in a row. Some of the things that went right last year, I don’t know if they’re going to go right this year. Each year is a different animal. I know in my gut … my gut just screams to me, ‘Be ready. There are going to be some challenges here.’

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A Six-Year Contract For Alexander Wennberg And The Columbus Blue Jackets

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alexander Wennberg to a six-year contract through the 2022-23 NHL season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Wennberg, 22, posted NHL career highs in 2016-17, recording 13 goals and 46 assists for 59 points and a +9 plus/minus rating in 80 regular season games. He led Columbus in assists and multi-point games (14, tied) and finished second in points. His 46 assists were 15th-T most in the NHL and the fourth-most in a single season in Blue Jackets history. The 6-2, 196-pound center made his NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in the 2017 postseason and recorded an assist in five contests vs. Pittsburgh.

"We are excited to have signed Alexander to a long-term contract through the 2022-23 season, " said Kekalainen. "He has shown steady improvement throughout his young NHL career and is coming off a very good 2016-17 campaign. At just 22-years-old, he has tremendous opportunity to become an integral player for our organization for years to come."

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Reports are six years, $29.4M

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Afternoon Line- Brandon Dubinsky

 

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John Tortorella No Longer A Lame-Duck Coach

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The adage that “coaches are hired to be fired” has been hammered into the Jackets’ misshapen history. The Jackets have been eating portions of coaches’ contracts from the time Doug MacLean selected himself to replace Dave King behind the bench in January 2003. It is a regular cost of doing business in major-league sports, yes, but when you eat a million here and a million there, pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. And this isn’t Real Madrid we’re talking about here.

So, Tortorella’s one-year extension makes sense. It maintains the momentum gained from a 108-point season. These Jackets are capable of pushing deep into the playoffs, and it would have been folly to stage a protracted contract war with the league’s coach of the year. Here in Columbus, we don’t even want to think about a contract war.

Jackets management has, generally speaking, done a fine job and deserves to be recognized for stockpiling assets. At the same time, it is hard to forget what embarrassing depths it can reach in the middle of a contract dispute. Two words: Ryan Johansen.

I’m not saying that John Davidson, president of hockey operations, Jarmo Kekalainen, the general manager, and assistant general manager Bill Zito, the point man on most negotiations, would again play the public-humiliation card, but they did it once, and the memory is a stain that is slow to fade.

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A One-Year Contract Extension For John Tortorella

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach John Tortorella to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Since joining the club on Oct. 21, 2015, Tortorella has led the Blue Jackets to an 84-57-16 record and .586 points percentage.

"John Tortorella and his coaching staff have done a terrific job since his arrival nearly two years ago," said Kekalainen. "He is one of the top coaches in our game and we are excited about what lies ahead for our club with John as our head coach."

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Have Bought Out The Contract Of Scott Hartnell

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have bought out the final two years of left wing Scott Hartnell's contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Hartnell immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent.

"On behalf of our organization, I want to thank Scott for his contributions to the Blue Jackets over the past three seasons and wish him well in the future," said Kekalainen. "Moves like this are never easy, but with our current organizational depth at the position it is something we believe is in the best interest of our club moving forward."

Hartnell, 35, was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for left wing R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on June 23, 2014. He collected 64 goals and 82 assists for 146 points and 275 penalty minutes in 234 games with the club, including a CBJ-best 28-32-60 and 100 PIM in 77 outings in 2014-15. Last season, he tallied 13-24-37 and 63 PIM in 78 games.

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Thinking Big In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

As soon as the Blue Jackets swung a blockbuster deal for Artemi Panarin last week, hardcore fans had to be thinking: “Panarin on the left, Alexander Wennberg in the middle and ... gee, who’s on the right wing of the No. 1 line? Cam Atkinson? Nick Foligno?”

And there might have been another thought wriggling around in the grey matter: “Ilya Kovalchuk is out there. Panarin-Wennberg-Kovalchuk has a nice ring to it. It sounds like 100 cannon blasts.”...

To this end, the thought of signing free agent Joe Thornton is not outlandish. What the heck. Take it a step further. Get Jumbo Joe this year and sign Rick Nash, who maintains a house in central Ohio, when he hits the market next year. Crazy?...

It’s a nice thought, but I don’t see any of it happening. Thornton is 37 years old, he’s coming off of knee surgery and he cottons to the West Coast. I think Jumbo stays in San Jose. Nash is a discussion to have at a later date. As for Kovalchuk, 34, there is a question of how much the Jackets need him versus how much the Jackets are willing to give up for him. If you are Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, would you trade, say, Ryan Murray or Boone Jenner for the right to pay Kovalchuk for two or three years?

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Just What The Blue Jackets Needed

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets gained 20 assists this weekend. That is no small thing. It is just what they were looking for, and they got it in the form of Artemi Panarin, who may be the most gifted forward to ever pull on a Union Blue jersey.

OK, there was Sergei Fedorov — but he was 35 when he washed up on the shores of the Scioto. And there was Rick Nash, and we can argue about that. It’s a good argument to have right now. Panarin is 25. He was acquired Friday in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a left wing with elite-level creativity, vision, puck-handling skills and shooting ability.

The Jackets gave up Brandon Saad and prospect goaltender Anton Forsberg in the deal. They exchanged draft picks. They also acquired a bottom-six center in Tyler Motte....

“Look at our series against Pittsburgh,” Tortorella told The Dispatch. “I thought we outplayed Pittsburgh quite a few minutes in that series, but for us to score a goal it took seven or eight chances. Pittsburgh goes down the ice, they make something out of nothing and it’s in the back of our net. That’s what this guy (Panarin) can do. That’s where this changes us. It’s another level offensively for our team.”

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Brandon Saad For Artemi Panarin Looks Like It Is Happening

Shake-up!

 

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added 12:47pm, Columbus release is below...

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Report- Deal Between The Columbus Blue Jackets And Vegas Golden Knights

Here is why deals should be announced when they happen, instead of waiting for the expansion draft on Wednesday.

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Sources around the NHL have indicated to The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets have reached agreement with the Vegas Golden Knights on a trade that will be announced during the expansion draft Wednesday in Las Vegas. With this trade the Blue Jackets will pay dearly to dissuade the Golden Knights from taking Anderson, Korpisalo or one of the veteran defensemen — Jack Johnson or David Savard — that they would have exposed.

The Jackets are believed to be trading this year’s first-round draft pick (No. 24 overall) and a prospect (not Pierre-Luc Dubois or Sonny Milano) to Vegas for assurances that the Golden Knights will select either left wing Matt Calvert, center William Karlsson or defenseman Ryan Murray.

Vegas’ acquisition of the contract of injured veteran forward David Clarkson ($5.25 million salary cap hit) may also be part of the deal.

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I expect more 'leaks' like this in the next few days.

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