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Fedor Tyutin Bought Out By The Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have bought out the final two years of defenseman Fedor Tyutin’s contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Tyutin immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent.

“Fedor Tyutin is a pro in every sense of the word and has been an important player for the Columbus Blue Jackets for many years, but this decision is a result of the current depth on our blue line and to add some financial flexibility for our club moving forward,” said Kekalainen. “I want to thank Fedor for his many contributions and wish he, his wife, Sarah, and their family all the best moving forward.”

Tyutin, 32, registered 39 goals and 146 assists for 185 points with 351 penalty minutes in 553 games played with the Blue Jackets, ranking second on the club’s all-time games played list behind Rick Nash (674). Acquired by the club via trade from the New York Rangers on July 2, 2008, he has tallied 54-197-251 and 510 penalty minutes in 803 career NHL games. The Izhevsk, Russia native also appeared in three Olympic Games (2006, 2010, 2014) and won gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World Championships and 2002 and 2003 IIHF World Junior Championships.

 

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Columbus Blue Jackets Extend Seth Jones

 

added 10:33am, Columbus release is below...

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Status Quo For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Doug MacLean could not get the Blue Jackets off the starting line. Scott Howson pushed it forward and then stalled. Enter Jarmo Kekalainen, the team’s third general manager in 16 years, who was billed as a workaholic with a keen eye for talent.

Surely he would drive the franchise to a level above abject mediocrity. Given the Jackets’ history, even commendable mediocrity would be an improvement.

To push the analogy toward the garish, Kekalainen is spinning wheels — but, at least, he is not gunning the engine. Maybe this is the smart play. We will not know until the Jackets manage to avoid burying themselves by Thanksgiving.

Jackets fans: What you see is what you get. Kekalainen is sticking with his roster, as constructed. It is largely the same roster that finished with a 15-1-1 flourish at the end of the 2014-15 season, when John Davidson, chief of hockey operations, proclaimed a Day of Jubilee. It is almost exactly the roster that got the coach fired early in the 2015-16 season, another playoff-free year that JD described as “a kick in the teeth.”

In sum, this is the same roster, minus Ryan Johansen, that has been up-and-coming one year and underperforming the next year, and missed the playoffs both years.

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Toronto/Columbus Trade

Another tweet from McKenzie,

The pick in TOR-CBJ is a conditional 5th. If Harrington is put on waivers by CBJ and gets claimed, CBJ gets a 5th. If he clears, no pick.

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What Did Columbus Do?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he would take the best player available, regardless of position. Then, he turned his back on the best player available and everyone at First Niagara Center knew it. The media on the risers raised their eyebrows and a vocal crowd keened.

What was this man doing?

Kekalainen was in discussions all afternoon with his counterpart from Calgary. If he wanted to move Sergei Bobrovsky’s fat contract and gain some cap relief, Calgary was a good partner. If he wanted to trade down in the process, Calgary was a good partner, and so was Edmonton.

There was a deal to be done. Toronto was not trading out of the No. 1 hole; the Leafs wanted Auston Matthews. Winnipeg was not trading out of the No. 2 hole; the Jets wanted Patrik Laine. That left Kekalainen with the prime trading asset in the draft, the No. 3 pick. He talked all afternoon. He did nothing.

The Finnish GM sent his Finnish scout to the microphone to announce that the Blue Jackets had selected Pierre-Luc Dubois of Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Say what?

Where was the other Finn?

Nothing against Dubois, who won the QMJHL’s Best Professional Prospect award. He is a versatile center who fills an area of need. He might be a terrific player in a year or two or three. The point is this: Every scout in the world rated three players at this draft as NHL-ready. The third was Jesse Puljujarvi. After him, there was a cliff.

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Big Money Was A Problem For A Young Nikita Filatov

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Here’s a name some will remember and one that some, namely Blue Jackets fans, will have tried to forget: Nikita Filatov.

Filatov, 26, last played in the NHL during the 2011-12 season as a member of the Ottawa Senators when he was a 21-year-old, but his time with the Senators, who acquired him for a third-round pick, was incredibly unsuccessful and largely forgettable.

Early in Filatov’s tenure with the Senators he was demoted to the AHL and spent the next two months of the campaign bouncing between the AHL and NHL before being granted a loan to the KHL’s CSKA Moscow by early December. After only nine games and less than half a season, the once highly touted prospect flamed out of Ottawa quickly.

Filatov hasn’t been back in the NHL or AHL since his time with the Senators, and in an interview with Sport-Express.ru’s Alexei Shevchenko, the former NHLer talked about his disappointing time in the NHL and said financial troubles played a part in him leaving North America. Though Filatov didn’t offer up numbers, he said he couldn’t repay his debts by playing in the AHL.

“I will not say that I spent days and nights at the roulette table or playing blackjack,” Filatov told Shevchenko. “I went (to the casino), but this is not the worst thing. Just my whole life was a blur. I was young and got a lot of money and (it went away) with ease.”

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Building The Blue Jackets Like The Blues

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

In John Davidson’s rough outline of how to build a hockey franchise for long-term success, there are three broad directives:

First, make your franchise a place where veteran players want to come and want to stay. Second, surround the youngest players with veterans who can show them how to be pros. Third, draft the best young players and develop them properly.

Davidson, the Blue Jackets’ president of hockey operations, acknowledged that the 2015-16 season, which began with playoff aspirations and ended with the NHL’s fourth-worst record, called into question all three items.

But if Davidson or general manager manager Jarmo Kekalainen — or, for that matter, the beleaguered fan base — needs reassurance, they need only look West.

Or watch the Western Conference finals.

The St. Louis Blues, whom Davidson directed from 2006 to ’12 and Kekalainen built through the draft from 2002 to ’10, are on the doorstep of the Stanley Cup finals.

“I’m proud of what we did in St. Louis,” Davidson said.

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Picture Not Good For The Columbus Blue Jackets When It Comes To The NHL Expansion Draft

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

If the tentative expansion rules agreed upon last week by the NHL and players’ association hold true, an expansion draft is not something the Blue Jackets want to think about, much less discuss....

The Blue Jackets have six players with no-trade clauses: forwards David Clarkson, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno and Scott Hartnell, defenseman Fedor Tyutin and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. They would be required, then, to choose the 7-3-1 protection plan heading into the expansion draft.

The Blue Jackets would be required to protect Clarkson, Dubinsky, Foligno and Hartnell. The hardest of those to swallow, clearly, is Clarkson, who can barely stay healthy more than a week at a time.

The Jackets would, of course, protect Brandon Saad and Boone Jenner. But that leaves just one spot for the following: 27-goal scorer Cam Atkinson, 2013 first-round pick Alexander Wennberg and scrappy Matt Calvert, not to mention top prospects Oliver Bjorkstrand and Josh Anderson.

On defense, Tyutin would require protection, and the Blue Jackets would want to keep young blue-chippers Ryan Murray and Seth Jones off-limits. Top prospect Zach Werenski would be exempt, as would other players with two or less seasons in the NHL, such as Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel.

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Winnipeg And Columbus Had Some Luck On Their Side

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

One step back for two steps forward?

Well, the chances of that theory becoming a reality for the Winnipeg Jets vastly improved on Saturday as the results of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery were unveiled in Toronto.

With only a 7.5% chance of securing the top pick, the Jets still managed to jump up from sixth to second overall and will have an opportunity to dramatically alter the fortunes of the franchise after missing the playoffs this past season.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said things started to get interesting at ninth overall and especially at sixth, when the Jets logo wasn't turned over by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

“At least you knew you weren't going to move backwards in the order and (at six), that's when the heart starts pumping and the legs start shaking a little,” Cheveldayoff said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “I couldn't even tell you who was the team that came up.”

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Will Need Help At Center

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Columbus has five assets any franchise would want: an ace goalie in Sergei Bobrovsky, three up-and-coming defensemen in Seth Jones, Ryan Murray, and Zach Werenski, and a go-to, ring-winning left wing in Brandon Saad. They are foundational pieces of a championship team.

The trouble that president John Davidson and GM Jarmo Kekalainen face is the inability to surround the young core with complementary players, especially at center. They have themselves to blame because of the liberal opening of their checkbooks.

Next year, the Blue Jackets will have $21.35 million invested in Nick Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky, Scott Hartnell, and David Clarkson. Fourth-liners Jared Boll and Gregory Campbell will carry a total cap hit of $3.2 million.

Collectively, it’s too much for a team that traded away No. 1 pivot Ryan Johansen for Jones — a good trade, for sure, but one that created an opening the Jackets might not be able to fill without shedding salary.

It’s possible that Alexander Wennberg, the team’s first-round pick in 2013, develops into a top-two center as a third-year pro in 2016-17. But the Jackets don’t have other young pivots ready to contribute next season.

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