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from Katie Strang of ESPN,
STRANG: How different is it in the room these days than it was the first few months?
FOLIGNO: Oh, the confidence is there. You can see it. I think the younger guys have come along really nicely and we've had a lot of new faces, so I think they've found their roles with the team and I think it's allowed us to play more cohesive as a team. [Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky] has been playing great for us. That always helps any team, when you have a hot goaltender. We've got to keep that going. We're finding a lot of good ways to play good hockey right now and we need that to continue.
STRANG: You're a pending unrestricted free agent, so I'm sure you'll be getting asked this a lot in the near future, but what's your expectation about how this will go and what would you like to see happen?
FOLIGNO: It's funny. This is my first time kind of going through it. I'm kind of green but obviously my first priority is to want to sign with the [Blue Jackets]. I love it here. I feel like I've really started to build something here and I want to see this team through because I think we have a lot of key components to being a winning team. I want to help in that regard, so that's definitely the case, but it's a business and you realize that the longer it goes. It's definitely somewhere where I want to invest time in and hopefully get a deal done, but I know that you have to look out for family as well and do what's right for you personally.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
On Thursday, the Blue Jackets host Metropolitan Division rival Washington in Nationwide Arena, the start of a five-game homestand. Columbus doesn't hit the road until next year.
With a win, the Blue Jackets will have matched a franchise record with eight straight victories. They'd also match the Chicago Blackhawks (Nov. 26 to Dec. 11) for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season.
"I've liked our attention to detail, our play with the puck," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "We can still get better. We have to get better. But you see that we're working hard and doing the right things, and there's a feeling now that we're expecting to have success."
Let's be honest here: Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been the driving force of this win streak. His 52-save performance on Dec. 4 was the second game of the streak, but he's been stellar throughout.
On Nov. 30, Bobrovsky was 5-8-1 with a .907 save percentage and 3.03 goals-against average. Since December started, he's 7-0-0 with a .950 save percentage and a 1.63 goals-against average.
more on the Blue Jackets...
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Jeremy Morin from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Tim Erixon, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Morin, 23, has registered eight goals and eight assists for 16 points with 56 penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating in 54 career NHL games, including 15 penalty minutes in 15 games with Chicago this season. He has also collected 81-77-158, 301 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating in 208 career AHL games with the Rockford IceHogs, including 1-0-1 and two penalty minutes in three outings in 2014-15.
“Jeremy is a young, strong forward with a very good shot, who has been a productive offensive player throughout his career,” said Kekalainen. “Given our depth at defense, this was an opportunity for us to add a very good player with a lot of potential on the other end.”
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Scott Hartnell on Injured Reserve and recalled left wing Kerby Rychel from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Hartnell, 32, suffered a broken finger in Thursday’s 3-2 win at Washington and is expected to miss two weeks. He has recorded six goals and 11 assists for 17 points with 39 penalty minutes in 28 games during his first season with the Blue Jackets. Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade in June 2014, the 14-year NHL veteran has tallied 256-298-554 and 1,491 penalty minutes in 981 career games with the Blue Jackets, Flyers and Nashville Predators. The Regina, Saskatchewan native posted 20-32-52 with 103 penalty minutes in 78 games in 2013-14.
from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,
It could not have been easy for Philadelphia Flyers fans to see goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky hoist the 2013 Vezina Trophy one year after being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There was no need, however, to rekindle any angst when Bobrovsky was named NHL Second Star of the Week heading into a game against the Flyers on Tuesday.
Bobrovsky would be the first to remind fans still upset by his departure that the goalie Philadelphia traded is not the same one now stopping pucks and winning awards in Columbus. He has made significant technical and tactical adjustments since leaving.
"I would say it's two different goalies right now comparing me in Philly and right now in Columbus," Bobrovsky told NHL.com. "I changed my style a lot. Mentally, physically, technically, all those things have changed here."
If that story sounds familiar to Philadelphia fans, it's because the Flyers' current goalie, Steve Mason, has undergone a similar transformation since arriving from Columbus in April 2013.
Like Bobrovksy, Mason has benefitted from tactical changes since joining a new team. In addition to easing the pain of losing Bobrovsky, Mason's resurgence in Philadelphia is another reminder that one style does not fit all when it comes to NHL goaltending.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Don't look now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have won four consecutive games after beating the Flyers 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday night.
It makes Columbus perfect in December and gives hope that the Blue Jackets may be setting themselves up for another second-half charge like we've seen the last two seasons. It's not an easy way to go about making the playoffs, but that's the reality an extreme amount of injuries have created for Columbus.
This win was more significant because it marked the return of Brandon Dubinsky, a heart-and-soul leader the team desperately missed. He played close to 20 minutes and had an assist, providing a flicker of hope that if the Blue Jackets can get healthy, perhaps we haven't seen the last of them yet.
more from the ESPN hockey writers including LeBrun on the Canadiens, Burnide on the Islandera and Strang on Thomas Vanek...
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
It is a good season to stink, or to be hit by a tsunami. The two young men rated at the top of the 2015 draft class, forwards Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have been described as “generational” players. Sidney Crosby has allowed that McDavid might be even better than he was coming out of junior hockey.
That is the way Stanley Cup champions are built, by having good timing with god-awfulness and reaping the benefits in the draft. The Pittsburgh Penguins in their dark years drafted Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin and Crosby. The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
The Los Angeles Kings picked up Dustin Brown in the loaded draft of 2003, Anze Kopitar in the top-heavy draft of 2005 and Drew Doughty in 2008.
Those are players you can’t swing a trade for or sign as a free agent. Ryan Johansen is one of those types. How long did it take the Jackets to find a true No. 1 center?
The think about tanking is it takes commitment. The Jackets are on pace to lose 550 man-games to injury. That is a certain type of commitment. The Jackets had a 6-15-2 record coming out of last weekend. They were last in the NHL with 14 points in 23 games. That is a certain type of commitment.
Then they swept a home-and-home with the Florida Panthers. In the second game, Sergei Bobrovsky had a franchise-record 52 saves. Jeez, Bob, now you’re getting hot?
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell and president of hockey operations John Davidson talk frequently about the state of the franchise, how and where things are going. The latest chat was Sunday.
It can't be easy for any owner to see his club listed at the bottom of the NHL standings, but that's where the Blue Jackets currently reside: 6-15-2, 30th in the NHL.
There will be no quick fix, Davidson told McConnell.
"(McConnell) was very supportive of us trying to work our way through it, especially without getting impulsive and discarding the future," Davidson said. "There's full support of everybody in the organization, 100 percent.
"We've been dealt a bad hand, but we're going to deal with it."
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Artem Anisimov on Injured Reserve as a result of a torn triceps muscle suffered in last Saturday’s game at Nashville, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The injury is expected to sideline Anisimov for two to three months.
Anisimov, who missed seven games earlier this season due to an upper body injury, has recorded two goals and four assists for six points with four penalty minutes in 16 games this season. The Yaroslavl, Russia native has posted 81-90-171 with 122 penalty minutes in 376 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Since Oct. 28, the Blue Jackets have lost 14 of 16 games. That 2-12-2 over the last month. Incredible.
The Blue Jackets' massive wave of injuries hasn't helped the Blue Jackets, obviously, but they have lost their identity in the last few weeks. It's just gone right now. Where is the snarl with these guys?
= The forecheck, once a staple of the Jackets’ attack, is as light and unpredictable as the wind.
= Checks that used to be finished – opponents actually canceled out of the play along the wall – are now just ineffective, going-through-the-motions bumps.
= Open-ice hits, once laid with inpunity, are now avoided, not even the puck jarred loose.
One must feel for the denizens of Nationwide Arena at this point. They had literally nothing to cheer about tonight.
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