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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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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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Huh? I Don’t See It Either Regarding John Tavares

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Blue Jackets’ second priority is acquiring a game-changing forward, preferably a top-line center. It is going to hurt. I don’t know what is in any deal with Las Vegas, but in any case, there will be pain in the deal, and there will be more pain if the Jackets can swing something for an elite sniper or playmaker.

There is talk that John Tavares — a terrific No. 1 center — is available in trade. I don’t see it. If you are the New York Islanders, you sign Tavares, and if you are Tavares and won’t sign with the Islanders, you wait a year, drive a Brinks truck to the free-agent market and choose your destination.

I would bet the Blue Jackets have made a play for Tavares and offered a boatload of assets, but any deal would be contingent on Tavares agreeing to a contract. I don’t see it.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Send 2nd Round Pick To The Vancouver Canucks For Tortorella Compensation

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Will A Sports Psychologist Help Sergei Bobrovsky?

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

This is the week most Blue Jackets players will get started on offseason workout routines. It has been more than three weeks since they were bumped from the first round of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the loins and ligaments are rested and healed.

Last summer was transformative for many players, especially goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who arrived in the fall looking less like a wrestler and more like a jockey.

Bobrovsky lost 17 pounds from his 199-pound frame, a stunning drop of body mass for a well-conditioned professional athlete. But the weight he needs to drop this summer — it’s between his ears — might prove more difficult to lose.

When the Blue Jackets went their separate ways shortly after being ousted by the Penguins, management, coaches and Bobrovsky agreed that his struggles during the playoffs were mental. In five games, he had an .882 save percentage and 3.88 goals-against average.

In his exit meetings with management, Bobrovsky was said to be receptive to the idea of working with a sports psychologist or doing other types of mental training to get over his struggles.

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On The Upswing In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

As Davidson put it, after mentioning bricks: “There’s good things that are happening. We’ve talked from day 1 about the foundation. I think the foundation is stronger. We still have a ways to go, but we’re in a decent place.”

Coach John Tortorella’s debriefing, held two days earlier, had a different tone. His message: The Blue Jackets haven’t done anything yet; the next step is to become a winning playoff team (“Good is the enemy of great”). Tortorella did everything but pound his fist as he described the organization’s new standard.

JDJK struck a happier tone. They are entitled. The Blue Jackets went from the fourth-worst record to the fourth-best record in the league during the regular season. They won 50 games, racked up 108 points. Then, they were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Penguins, and it took only five games....

“We may not have a Malkin or Crosby, but we have a lot of good depth and balance on our forwards side, and we have some good young players coming,” Kekalainen said. “We also have a back end we can compare to any in the National Hockey League, and a (Vezina-caliber) goaltender. (Bobrovsky) will be better. I’m convinced of it. ... I’m 100 percent confident he’ll get over that hump.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Handled The Physical Play By The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins used a hockey version of judo to secure a 5-2 win Thursday night and oust Columbus in five games in a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

They took the Blue Jackets' greatest strength and turned it into a weakness.

The Blue Jackets came into the series with their reputation well established. They were a big, physical team that liked to throw punishing hits, especially on the forecheck. On every line, from Brandon Dubinsky to Boone Jenner to Josh Anderson, there was a hulking forward capable of stapling opponents to the boards.

The game plan against the Penguins was simple. The Blue Jackets were going to come out of the locker room with guns blazing and hit everything that moved for as long as they could.

To an extent, it worked. They recorded 197 hits in the five-game series.

“It was physical,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “They don't pass up any opportunities to finish checks. They really tried to establish that from the first game.”

It turned out to be their downfall, too.

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