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Ryan Johansen Returns to Columbus Without Any Fanfare

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

On Sunday afternoon, Johansen, drafted by the Blue Jackets at No. 4 in 2010, said that "it feels like everyone’s forgotten about (the trade)," remembering his four-plus seasons in Columbus fondly.

At no point during Sunday’s game, however, did the Blue Jackets recognize Johansen, which he noted afterwards.

"I was a little disappointed they didn't put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that," Johansen told reporters. "I think we all know who made that call, but whatever."

It’s unclear as to whom Johansen is referring to, though his Blue Jackets career wasn’t always sunny. 

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Video- Jonathan Drouin Shines In OT

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It was a dazzling 47 seconds, with the puck on the Lightning wing's stick for most of it.

"I was gassed," Drouin said.

Drouin was also determined. With the Lightning blowing a two-goal lead for the second straight night — this time with 41 seconds left — it desperately needed the second point. Drouin made sure of it, his slick steal-and-deke display on the winner lifting Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

"He wasn't going to be denied on that shift," goalie Ben Bishop said. "He was a man on a mission.''

Said Tyler Johnson: "A pretty heroic effort."

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David Clarkson Today

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

There are days, David Clarkson said, where he plays with his three young kids or skates with a local high school team, and his back gives him a glimmer of hope that an NHL comeback is possible.

But then there are days — like the one just three weeks ago — when the 32-year-old feels so far away from pulling a Blue Jackets jersey over his head.

"I literally couldn't get out of bed," Clarkson said. "I couldn't move. My wife had to call the docs and I laid there and waited for the muscle relaxers to kick in before I could start the day."

Clarkson hasn't been heard from or seen in the Blue Jackets dressing room since late last season. He showed up quietly a week before training camp in September, asked to take a physical he knew he'd fail, and then got out of the way when the Blue Jackets' healthy players arrived.

In a nearly one-hour sit-down with The Dispatch, Clarkson's eyes welled more than a few times on both ends of the emotional spectrum.

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Keep It In The Room Boys

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

What is said in the locker room should stay there.

That was a message Blue Jackets' players delivered Monday morning in wake of a weekend report on Hockey Night In Canada that players had asked coach John Tortorella to tone down his criticism in recent weeks.

"We had another (meeting among player) today to make sure we button our mouths and keep everything in house," veteran winger Scott Hartnell told the Dispatch.

Captain Nick Foligno hopes the Saturday night report from Sportsnet Insiders Nick Kypreos and Elliotte Friedman serves as a valuable lesson of what can happen when team information gets out of the room.

"It's a good learning curve for a lot of guys on how we are going to move forward as a team," Foligno said.

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Another Bad Game For Henrik Lundqvist

from Dan Martin of the New York Post,

The Rangers scored four straight goals in the third period — but instead of celebrating a victory at the Garden on Tuesday night, they suffered a 6-4 defeat to the Blue Jackets.

That’s what shoddy goaltending can do to a team, and once again, the culprit was Henrik Lundqvist, who struggled coming out of the All-Star break, much as he did earlier in January following the Rangers’ bye week.

This time, Lundqvist surrendered three goals on just 16 shots before he was yanked in the second period.

“I know I need to be better,” Lundqvist said in an uncharacteristically brief session with the media after the game. “That third goal is a killer. As a group, we responded really well in the third. Especially the third goal bothers me. It’s back to work [Wednesday] to get better [and] improve.”

Coach Alain Vigneault was at a loss to explain why Lundqvist was off his game again, but had a similar solution as the goalie.

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John Tortorella Will Miss Tonight’s Game And The All-Star Weekend

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella has returned to Columbus due to a family emergency that will cause him to miss tonight's game at Nashville, as well as this weekend's 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game®.

Assistant coaches Brad Larsen and Brad Shaw will handle coaching duties for the Blue Jackets in Tortorella's absence.

"Regrettably, there is a personal matter that requires my immediate attention that will force me to leave the team temporarily and miss the All-Star Game in Los Angeles," Tortorella said. "This decision was not made lightly as representing the Columbus Blue Jackets is something I am very proud of, but it is the right decision for my family and I. I appreciate the support of our organization and the National Hockey League and my hope is to be back with the team next week."

 

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Backup Goaltending Position Still An Issue For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets' search for a backup goaltender to Sergei Bobrovsky could best be described as ...; ongoing.

If a whirlwind 7-6 overtime win Sunday at the Ottawa Senators showed anything, it's that Joonas Korpisalo's grip on the position is hardly firm. Korpisalo stopped 28 of 34 shots, fighting the puck all game and allowing two, maybe three, tough goals.

Coach John Tortorella didn't see it that way, however.

"You have to be really careful when you evaluate Korpisalo in this game here," Tortorella said. "They had some grade-A chances and he made some great saves. There are a couple I'm sure he would like back; he got unlucky on a couple. You have to be really careful how you grade him, though."...

Since the Blue Jackets lost veteran Curtis McElhinney on waivers to Toronto on Jan. 10, Korpisalo and Anton Forsberg - currently with minor-league Cleveland - have combined to go 2-2-0 with an .880 save percentage and 3.78 goals-against average. The Blue Jackets have 15 games to sort out the position before the NHL trade deadline March 1.

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Time To Raise It Up A Notch In Columbus

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

John Tortorella began practice Monday tossing pucks to kids seated in the Nationwide Arena stands only to lob stern words at his Blue Jackets’ players about 20 minutes later.

The coach halted the session and demanded they pick up their pace. Tortorella urged them not to “lose your practice habits.”

“I think in the last little bit our pace has dipped,” Tortorella said. “It hasn’t been as consistent through the game . . . I think it’s a mental thing about staying on top of yourself as far as playing faster. As I’ve said, the league is going to be better, the league is going to be faster.”

The Blue Jackets (29-9-4) were among the NHL’s best stories in the season’s first half -- complete with a 16-game win streak. But such production doesn’t give clubs the right to hang banners or guarantee them home-ice advantage in the playoffs’ first round.

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Zach Werenski’s First Year In The NHL

from Daneil J. Friedman of Sports Illustrated,

The 19-year-old blueliner from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, says the entire thing still feels like a whirlwind.

“I don’t really think it’s hit me yet,” says Werenski. “I feel like when you dream about playing in the NHL, it never really hits you.”

The NHL experience can be a challenge for those new to the circuit, even away from the rink.

“The change off the ice is the hardest part,” he says. “Going to college, where you have classes and a full day, then practice later and then homework, you’re pretty much busy six or seven days of the week. You get to the NHL and you go to the rink for two hours a day, and then you have downtime. I think the hardest part for me is finding hobbies and things to do. You want to rest whenever you can, but at some point you also want to do things.”

Werenski has had to adjust to another big change from college hockey: less practices and optional morning skates.

“We don’t really practice much and, when we do, it’s pretty short,” he says. “At first, I didn’t like it. I felt like I wasn’t getting enough puck touches and wasn’t feeling good on the ice with the puck, but now that I’m used to it, I really enjoy it. I feel like the rest is needed and that it’s only going to pay off in the long run.”

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Morning Line- Damien Cox On The Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have stunned everyone in hockey after a 76-point season a year ago. Unlike some of the other teams that drafted high last June, the rise of Columbus hasn’t even been fuelled by a fabulous freshman. While Pierre-Luc Dubois (third overall) toils away in junior hockey, John Tortorella seems to have convinced a star-less lineup that they’re all a bunch of Gretzkys.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star where you can read more on surprise teams and disappointing teams too.

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