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What Was Discussed Between Jack Johnson And John Tortorella?

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson initiated a private meeting before last Friday’s game to let coach John Tortorella know of his interest to be traded, but both said Wednesday their relationship remains strong and they can envision a future for Johnson in Columbus.

“You slowly start getting a bigger role back,” Johnson said. “Hopefully it keeps trending in the right direction because I know I have a lot to give, and I know I can help this team out a lot.”

Tortorella noted, “The onus that falls on me is to try to help him to get better. I’m certainly not going to go the other way because a player is talking about his future. ... Jack loves it here. His family loves it here. So if we get him playing better, and maybe win some games, who knows where it all goes here?”


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Is Jack Johnson On The Way Out In Columbus?

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 26, and Johnson is an unrestricted free agent. That always sets off alarms, but there are other strong indicators.

Contract talks between Johnson's agent, Pat Brisson, and the Blue Jackets have not made any progress toward an extension, sources told The Athletic.

“There have been talks,” Johnson said. “I'm just going to leave it at that. There has been dialogue, yes.”

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Leafs Stumble Late Against The Blue Jackets

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Sometimes the Late, Late Show can be unwatchable.

So it was for the Maple Leafs on Monday night, when they were 4:35 away from beating the Columbus Blue Jackets, with a possible shutout for the National Hockey League’s busiest goaltender. Though the Leafs haven’t had many of these unhappy endings when leading in the third period this season, they were left with jaws agape on the ice, a 3-2 overtime loss.

While the Leafs were not expecting to go to an extra period again after two shootout wins, Artemi Panarin ended it, beating Frederik Andersen after equalizer goals less than two minutes apart. Facing 30-plus shots for the eighth straight game, Andersen lost sight of a pinball shot that turned into a pop-fly landing behind him. Nick Foligno, whom he had stoned twice earlier, got credit for that, while a Morgan Rielly to Patrick Marleau pass was picked off and turned into Pierre-Luc Dubois tying marker at 17:13 of the third.

Leafs coach Mike Babcock cited a key lost faceoff, failure to box out and a bad line change among the breakdowns, and a turnover that might have allowed the Jackets to win it in the dying seconds of regulation.


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GIF- David Savard Fined For A Slash

NEW YORK (Jan. 8, 2018) – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck during NHL Game No. 647 in Columbus on Sunday, Jan. 7, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.


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The Colorado Avalanche Stay Hot With A Win Over The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Teenagers Tyson Jost and Sam Girard assisted on the game-winning goal scored by 21-year-old Mikko Rantanen, so suffice to say the Avalanche’s youngsters outplayed their peers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game between two of the NHL’s three youngest teams.

Rantanen’s power-play goal and goalie Jonathan Bernier 35 saves carried Colorado to a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.

In winning its fourth consecutive game, Colorado improved to 4-1 on its six-game homestand and 9-3-1 in its last 13 games. Bernier, who regularly backs up the injured Semyon Varlamov, needed 17 third-period saves to produce his second shutout of the season.

The Avalanche is now 21-16-3 — just a win shy of what it produced all of last season. The Blue Jackets fell to 23-16-3.


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Video- You Make The Call Penguins/Blue Jackets

Pens thought they had won the game early in OT.

They did win in the shootout.


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Video- John Tortorella On The Pittsburgh Penguins

via the YouTube page of the Columbus Dispatch,

Columbus coach John Tortorella says he doesn’t like the Penguins before his Blue Jackets take on the two-time defending Stanley Cup champs at PNG Arena in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.


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Injuries Hit The Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without right wing Cam Atkinson and center Alexander Wennberg for the next several weeks due to injuries suffered in games last week, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Wennberg suffered a back injury on December 21 at Pittsburgh, while Atkinson suffered a fractured foot on December 23 vs. Philadelphia. Both players are expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.

Atkinson, who has led the Blue Jackets in scoring in each of the past two seasons, has recorded six goals and seven assists for 13 points with 10 penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating 32 games in 2017-18. A year ago, he made his All-Star Game debut and tallied a career-high 35-27-62, 22 penalty minutes and was +13 in 82 games.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Held A Morning Skate Today

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella admittedly isn’t a fan of going to the arena on the mornings his team plays, but he held a rare morning skate before Wednesday’s home game against the Maple Leafs on the heels of Monday’s 7-2 loss in Boston.

“After a game like Boston, I’m anxious to see how we react,” Tortorella said, adding that he met privately with the team’s leaders. “We had a very good meeting today, a video session. You know I don’t like coming here in the mornings. It was very important just to present what our mindset should be and our reset as a team.”


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Columbus Blue Jackets Lose 7-2 To The Boston Bruins

from George Richards of the Columbus Dispatch,

Foligno said he hasn’t been “this frustrated” after a loss in some time. The Jackets trailed by three midway through the second period and ended up losing 7-2 to the host Bruins.

The loss was the second by that score in a week; the Jackets took a similar five-goal loss at home to the Edmonton Oilers last Tuesday.

The anger was evident in Foligno’s words and stance standing inside a nearly empty visiting locker room.

“We did it the wrong way the whole game,” Foligno said. “It has been a while where I have been this disappointed in a game. Things happen, you can sometimes chalk it up to being flat.

“But the lack of emotion, the lack of care, that’s disappointing. We don’t use those words with this team very often. It doesn’t sit well with me.”

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