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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.”


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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John Tortorella Gets His Wish, The Season Is Over For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Before the game, coach John Tortorella put it all in perspective.

“Just get it over with,” Tortorella said. “I’m honest. I want to get it over with. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about next year and camp. It doesn’t stop us from preparing as we always do (for the Blackhawks). We’re going to play the right play, but it means squat. I want to get into something with meaning.”

That is refreshing, to have someone in the Blue Jackets organization who calls squat squat. In so many years — especially last year — meaningless games were celebrated as prime fertilizer for a future yield. Squat by any other name is still squat.

Tortorella was asked about whether it would be beneficial to go out with a victory over the mighty Blackhawks in the last game of the season. Tortorella smirk-frowned and he built on his theme.

“It’s a bunch of crap,” he said. “It doesn’t mean squat. If we beat them tonight, who cares? We want to play right, but two days down the road it means nothing. We’ll be watching the playoffs, licking our chops, wishing we were there.

“I hope the players understand the feeling we have right now so we don’t get into this feeling again. You want me rosy and positive up here? No. It sucks being in this situation, finishing up the season in the first week of April. That’s not what we’re supposed to be doing.”

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Time For The Columbus Blue Jackets To Lose

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets, with 70 points, are in 28th place in the league. Toronto and Edmonton both have 67 points.

It is time to think upside-down and finish the race to the bottom. To that end, tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto might be the Blue Jackets’ biggest regular-season game since April 27, 2013, when they faced a must-win game against the Predators on the last day of the season. (The Jackets did, in fact, win — but they needed help to make the playoffs. They lost on a tiebreaker.)

The coaches and players like to think there is meaning in finishing strong. Nobody likes to see coach John Tortorella when he is miserable, when only rescue dogs can salve his soul. Yet, the best thing that can happen for the Blue Jackets is to make the last three games of the regular season into a Monty Python sketch. Suggestion: “How not to be seen.”

A loss tonight would be huge. Maple Leafs fans know it. They will pack Air Canada Center and most of them will root, heartily, for the Blue Jackets. When it comes to draft-lottery percentages, thinking upside-down is thinking right-side-up. Whoever wins the race to the bottom will have the best chance (20 percent) to win the lottery. Auston Matthews, a bona fide No. 1 center, is the prize. If he is not a savior, he is at least the best thing that could ever happen to the Jackets.


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Video- Jared Boll Suspended Four Games For Interference

Patrick Burke explains the suspension.



Below, watch John Tortorella talk about the hit after the game...

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Morning Line- Michael Arace On The Columbus Blue Jackets

The current season will land in the middle of this mediocrity. The Blue Jackets, with last night’s winning-time 3-2 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Nationwide Arena, “improved” to 30-35-8.

They are, with nine games remaining, on pace for 77 points and a winning percentage of .469.

I am not trying to be negative. I am not trying to laden the present team with the entire weight of the organization’s history. I am just pointing at the standings and the scoreboard. The view does not change for any appreciable span of time.

There are a select few who understand the masochism that is involved in buying season tickets, year after year, and actually paying for this product. What has been the dollar-per-point payoff for those who have had personal-seat licenses when Nationwide Arena threw open its doors? Someday, maybe, they will receive payback for their passion.

Meantime, it is a springtime in Columbus like so many others, and we await management’s exit meeting. Last year, it was full of empty promise....

-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this topic.

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Playing John Tortorella’s Way

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets are the most-penalized team in the NHL and the team with the most major penalties for fighting.

But those are crude ways to measure their physical nature.

“We talk every game, that if somebody’s in trouble, someone gets in there,” coach John Tortorella said. “If someone’s on our goalie, someone gets in. Everybody gets in the blue (paint) to protect our goaltender. That’s the mindset we’re trying to build here.

“But are we over the top? Are we cheap? Are we dirty? Absolutely not. Do we want to injure people? Hurt people? Absolutely not.”

There will be no apologies forthcoming for the hard-nosed style, even as recent opponents have taken exception.


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Video- Daton Prout Suspended For One Game

Patrick Burke explains...


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Video- Dalton Prout Will Be Meeting With The DoPS Tomorrow


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