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Ryan Johansen Traded For Seth Jones

via BlueJackets.com,

The Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday evening that the club has acquired defenseman Seth Jones from the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.

Both clubs confirmed the deal shortly after 6:30 p.m ET. Full details and additional coverage will follow later this evening.

Nashville release is below...

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Report- Columbus And Nashville Talking Trade

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets may be on the verge of a big trade with a once-upon-a-time rival in the Central Division.

Multiple sources have told The Dispatch that trade talks between the Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators have intensified in recent days, with Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Predators GM David Poile zeroing in on a blockbuster.

The two clubs would seem a perfect fit.

The Blue Jackets have made it clear they'd be willing to trade struggling center Ryan Johansen, and the Predators have a desperate need for an offensive boost, especially in the form of a prototype No. 1 center. Johansen, 23, was MVP of the All-Star Game last season, but he has fallen off precipitously this season.


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‘Dressing Room Talk’ In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Coach John Tortorella continued to critique the Blue Jackets’ leaders Monday, saying he wants a dressing room that has a culture built on accountability and honest dialogue, even if it leads to conflict.

And two of the Blue Jackets’ more outspoken players — forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Scott Hartnell — concurred.

“If everybody’s happy … there’s problems,” Tortorella said. “I don’t think everybody should be happy in a locker room. People may look at it differently, but that’s how I see it. If everybody’s happy, something’s being swept under the rug somewhere. There’s way too many personalities, way too many egos for everybody to be gleeful.”

Blue Jackets players — from amiable captain Nick Foligno on down — get along well, by all appearances. But too many feelings are spared, too many conflicts avoided, too many small issues allowed to fester for fear of hurting feelings, Dubinsky said.

“It’s a little bit too much Mr. Nice Guy around here,” Dubinsky said. “It starts with your own actions first, but we have to do a better job of keeping each other accountable and creating some conflicts in here.

“There’s not enough conflict in here. We have a lot of guys who are mellow guys, nice guys, quiet guys … not a lot of conflict. Sometimes you need that. Sometimes you have to push each other and get a little uncomfortable to get where you need to go.”


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Morning Line- Brian Lawton On The Columbus Blue Jackets

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John Tortorella Earlier Today

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

A day away from the rink gave Jackets coach John Tortorella plenty of time to “chew” (his word) on a 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday, and to contemplate what he called a glaring leadership void that plague’s the NHL’s 30th-place team.

Tortorella did not mince words when he met with the media this afternoon.

“We implode,” Tortorella said of a second period on Friday in which the Jackets turned a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit.  “Let’s call a spade a spade. It’s embarrassing, and that’s what we are. I’m not going to tiptoe around here. That’s how we play right now and I think I’m going to need to depend on the kids to get us out of this because I’m not getting squat from the top players as far as that stuff.”

The “stuff” would include a pair of odd-man rushes by the Lightning immediately following a goal by Scott Hartnell that gave the Jackets a 2-1 lead followed by three consecutive minor penalties in a span of three seconds.

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GIF- Scott Hartnell Hit On Ben Bishop

Hartnell received five for charging and a game misconduct.



added 8:43pm, Another angel of the hit below...

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Video- Boone Jenner Hit On Evgeni Malkin

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

At 7:03 of the second, Jenner and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin made partial contact with their legs as they crossed paths high in the Blue Jackets’ zone. Jenner kept his feet, but Malkin hit the ice and writhed in pain, his head wrenched back and his arms clutching his left knee in agony. A dust-up ensued.

Replays showed Jenner did not extend his left knee to catch Malkin. To the contrary, he turned slightly to his right and appeared to stick out his left shoulder in anticipation of a hit that never came. Their legs brushed as they passed, with the side of Jenner's left leg brushing the lower part of Malkin's left leg.

A few seconds later, Malkin was up and skating under his own power. He returned to take a dramatic test-drive near the end of a TV timeout amid cheers of "Geno!" He finished the game, and was the best player on the ice.

Tortorella was incredulous when a Pittsburgh reporter asked him post-game if he anticipated any further discipline for Jenner from the NHL.

“(Malkin) got up, didn’t he?” Tortorella said. “It’s like he was dead, and then he was out the next shift.”

Tortorella stopped short of saying Malkin was faking it. Asked if he was surprised that Malkin, given his initial response, was able to return to the game and dominate, Jenner said: "I don't think (the hit) was too hard."

more on the 5-2 Columbus loss to Pittsburgh...

Watch the hit Jenner hit on Malkin below...

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Why Trade Ryan Johansen?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

One of two things will happen:

Johansen will get in shape, find his game and he will be traded.

Or Johansen will get in shape, find his game and he won’t be traded.

Either way, it will take time. It should.

The Jackets are bottom feeders in the NHL. They are more likely to win the right to draft Auston Matthews than they are to make the playoffs, and they never win the draft lottery.

Johansen has skated in slush at critical moments in recent games. It has been “alleged,” by TSN’s Darren Dreger, that Johansen flirted with insubordination during a TV timeout in Dallas. Hence the benching and the scratching.

There is a whiff of controversy in the air and the vultures are circling, but the Jackets cannot, and they should not, trade Johansen anytime soon. I do not think they should trade him, period.

Those who say Johansen is another Joe Thornton — and “you can’t win with a guy like that” — are addled. Remember what the Boston Bruins got for Thornton? They got Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau. 


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All John Davidson

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Portzline: You have so many good, established players on this roster. Why isn’t this a better team?

Davidson: It’s a really hard one to figure out. There were high expectations from everybody, probably you, too. Everybody agrees that we’re better than what we’re showing, totally. I’m there, too. I didn’t say we were going to win  the Stanley Cup, but I said we’d be better. We still might be. But our best players, our core players, have not been good enough. Our core players have not played well enough, together, night after night for us to win. We continue to assess it, find out why and work our way through it.

Portzline: The brick-by-brick metaphor has stuck with you since Day 1. Are you still building? Or are you at the point now where you have to take bricks out of the wall because it hasn’t been built correctly?

Davidson: Both, probably. Both. You never going into thinking you won’t remove a brick to make the team better. As much as you want it to be, it’s never a straight line. Every day we’re looking at that....

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Morning Line- Elliotte Friedman On Ryan Johansen

“They had the salary dispute last year, and I really thought they worked hard to put it behind them. This is what Tortorella does. He takes his best players and he challenges them. They’ve questioned [Johansen's] will, his determination to put in the work that he needs to do to reach that level of talent. And I think what this has done is shown as an organization they don’t believe he’s anywhere close to being where he needs to be.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think they trust him. And that’s why I think they’re going to trade him."

-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Ryan Johansen.  More from Friedman by Scott Lewis of Sportsnet.

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