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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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Game highlights are below...

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Video- Report- Brandon Dubinsky Has A Fractured Orbital Bone



added 12:55pm, Blue Jackets confirm, see below.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Suffered An Embarrassing Home Loss

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

Tortorella walked into his postgame news conference and up to the podium after the 7-2 loss to the Oilers, spoke roughly four sentences and walked out.

“There’s no sense in me even trying to answer questions about this game,” Tortorella said. “Sorry about that. Have a good night.”

“We just weren’t ready to go,” Foligno said. “They fed it to us. It was a disappointing game, sloppy. No execution, no nothing. It wasn’t us.”

Inside the Jackets’ dressing room, players tried to make sense of a game in which they surrendered a season high in goals. Four came in the second period, and the most painful was Mark Letestu’s short-handed breakaway score less than a second before intermission and just nine seconds after the Jackets got a power play.

The home fans responded by booing their team, which had won six of its past seven at Nationwide Arena and 10 of 13 overall, off the ice.


Below, watch Tortorella's statement and game highlights....

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Evening Line- John Tortorella

"My biggest concern is we simply have to get our core guys playing harder and better, and sometimes, instead of pointing the fingers outward, you've got to point the finger inward. It can't keep on going around like this. You're not going to win games consistently in this league, and be the team you want to be, if you don't have your top players being your top players - no matter what situation they're in. It's not trying to rip them. It is what it is."

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Brian Hedger of BluJackets.com has more.

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Another Loss By The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

The downward spiral continues and the question marks keep growing for the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators extended their losing streak to five games with a 5-2 defeat to the high-flying Columbus Blue Jackets Friday at the Nationwide Arena.

As the Senators flew home immediately after the game for Saturday’s date against the New York Islanders at Canadian Tire Centre, they were shaking their heads yet again....

Topping the issues among the forwards was that fact that Matt Duchene entered the game pointless in six games with Ottawa, while linemate Ryan was goalless in 12 games this season. After being shutout again Friday, those streaks are now at seven and 13, respectively.


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What You May Have Missed For Yesterday

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired veteran forward Torrey Mitchell from the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional draft pick, the teams announced Thursday. It’s the Kings’ fifth round pick that becomes the fourth rounder acquired for Dwight King last season if Los Angeles makes the playoffs, as noted by CapFriendly:


from Jonathan Wilis of Sportsnet,

Although it’s superficially easy to build a case that Eichel has been a disappointment this season, anything more than a cursory examination reveals that for the rubbish it is. He’s an awfully good player, and by and large he’s doing good things in a difficult situation. Buffalo’s problem isn’t that Eichel isn’t doing enough; it’s that they don’t have enough players like him.


from Josh Beneteau also of Sportsnet,

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was asked about how he picks who plays where on his forward lines and he dropped some hard truth.

It’s all bulls—.

Aaron Portzline from The Athletic has the full quote.

“It’s a bunch of bulls—. I get a kick out of us, as coaches… we talk about this, that and the other thing,” he said. “‘This is what I’m looking for.’ It’s a bunch of bulls—. We try things, and if it works, it works.”

Well whatever BS Torts is flinging, it seems to be working.


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Report- A Seven-Year Contract Extension For Cam Atkinson In Columbus

via NHL.com,

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has agreed to a seven-year contract worth $40.25 million, The Athletic reported Thursday.

It has an average annual value of $5.75 million and will run through the 2024-25 NHL season. The 28-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season, the final of a three-year contract worth $3.5 million annually, according to CapFriendly.com.

added 10:48am,


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