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Afternoon Line- Gustav Nyquist

"I think looking at the team, we're in a great spot. A lot of the core players are younger in age, and that's what teams are looking for now, and we've got some great leadership, veteran leadership, on the team, so I think it's a great mix.

"Those guys leaving, a lot of media will talk about that. But I see it as a good opportunity for me personally coming in but also a lot of the guys that are on the team. It's going to give them a lot more opportunities. It's just going to help those younger guys take bigger roles."

"It's a new adventure, that's how we look at it. … It'll be fun to kind of get to know the place a little more. It's funny. I talked to a lot of people after signing there. Everyone says, 'Oh, that's a great city.' That's a good thing to hear. That feels good. I've had no one come tell me, 'Oh …' It's all positive things, so we're really excited."

-Gustav Nyquist of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com has more.

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Sergei Bobrovsky On Why He Left The Columbus Blue Jackets

from TSN,

Sergei Bobrovsky told Russia's Sport 24 that discord between him and Columbus Blue Jackets began after the team's first-round loss to the Washington Capitals in 2018 and he knew soon after that he would not sign an extension with the club.

There was no chance I'd sign an extension with (Columbus)," Bobrovsky said, per a translation by Sport-Express reporter Igor Eronko. "I felt I need another scenery. And it’s not just because of tensions with the (team)."...

"I was suspended by the team, there were some conflicts in the team, a lot of meetings and some of them just because of me," Bobrovsky explained to Sport 24. "I didn't feel comfortable. And still the Jackets tried and tried to extend me all season long."

The 30-year-old added that he believes he played his best hockey later in the season because the pressure of playing ahead of the trade deadline had worn off. He went 18-8 from the start of February and allowed just eight goals in the team's first-round sweep of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning.

a bit more

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Time For The Youth To Lead In Columbus

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

"We were a young team last year," Werenski said. "We've been a young team all three years I've been in the League. For us to win against one of the best regular-season teams in the history of the NHL, to go out there and not only win but to sweep them and feel like we controlled that series … Obviously we've lost four big pieces of our lineup, but it's at that point now where us young guys, we've got to step up and fill those roles."

The Blue Jackets still have a core of talented players, including Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nick Foligno up front and Werenski, Seth Jones and Ryan Murray on the back end. Forward Gustav Nyquist, who went to the Western Conference Final with the San Jose Sharks last season, signed a four-year contract as an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"I think [the UFAs' departures] had nothing to do with the city of Columbus or our fans or anything like that," said Werenski, a restricted free agent himself, whose agent is negotiating with the Blue Jackets. "I just think they were ready for a change, and that's their right. So, you can't be mad at them. But at the end of the day, these are guys who want to be here. We want to win. We're really excited for next season."


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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,


"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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