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The ‘Old’ John Tortorella?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- A year ago, as coach of Team USA in the World Cup, Tortorella mysteriously scratched Dubinsky from the Yanks’ match against Canada even though No. 17’s selection for the squad was due in large measure to his ability to match up against Sidney Crosby.

And a few days ago, Tortorella unceremoniously stripped the alternate captain’s “A” off of the uniform that Dubinsky has worn since his arrival in Columbus five years ago in order to award it to Jack Johnson as perhaps the first overt sign in a recruiting process to keep the pending free agent defenseman from defecting next summer.

- How quickly will Golden Knights general manager George McPhee begin dumping assets in order to do whatever he can to ensure a high lottery position for the 2018 entry draft that has been threatened by his club’s opening 8-1 bolt out of the gate?

Rest assured, a run at a playoff spot that might endanger a shot at Frolunda defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was never part of GMGM’s grand plan.

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A Trade Scenario For Matt Duchene

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers questions from the fans...

If you were given carte blanche as any general manager, what perfect trade/move would you make to satisfy each team involved?

We have a trade to announce. The Colorado Avalanche trade Matt Duchene and [insert your mid-round draft pick here] to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Gabriel Carlsson, Sonny Milano and [insert your late-round draft pick here].

The Blue Jackets are in win-now mode and they need another top center. Nick Foligno is better suited to play on the wing, in my opinion. Duchene is signed through next season with a $6 million salary cap charge. This isn't a rental add. They will be going for it this season, but he'll be around for at least next season too. The one concern would be the cap ramifications for next season. Forward Cam Atkinson can become an unrestricted free agent after this season. He deserves a raise, and Columbus shouldn't let him go. Defenseman Jack Johnson can also become an unrestricted free agent after this season. But the Blue Jackets become a better team right away by getting Duchene. They should be thinking about the Stanley Cup.

For Colorado, getting Carlsson is the coup. He's a 20-year-old defenseman with top-pair potential. He has the size (6-foot-5, 192 pounds), mobility and skills teams covet in young defensemen. Milano would add to Colorado's already young forward depth. The other player the Avalanche could look at to get this done would be forward Oliver Bjorkstrand. The key for the Avalanche is getting at least two young players who could be part of their developing core.

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A Bad Opening Night For The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders opened the 2017-18 season by giving up a goal 1:07 in and never recovered, getting a 5-0 thrashing from the Blue Jackets on Friday night.

“I think it’s a good wakeup call,” Andrew Ladd said after the Isles’ worst season-opening loss since 2003. “Is there any panic in here? Not at all. We were maybe a little too cute offensively early and then we fell behind and started to get away from what we do.”...

The Isles actually had the better of the zone time in the game’s first few minutes but didn’t get Sergei Bobrovsky moving or screened well enough. And de Haan made an ill-advised, cross-ice pass that Cam Atkinson picked off to start a play that ended with Atkinson scoring off his skate at 11:07.

“Just bonehead plays and that’s not like Calvin,” Weight said. “The first he’s got to hustle back and give Greisser a target. And the second, they’re in a 1-1-3 [structure], we know what they’re doing and he just doesn’t move his feet.”


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Looks Like Josh Anderson Will Sign A Three-Year Deal With Columbus


added 9:44am, Columbus release is below...

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Josh Anderson Wants To Be Traded

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Josh Anderson, who remains unsigned eight days before the Columbus Blue Jackets begin their regular season, has requested a trade from the NHL club.

Anderson, an improving player who took a big step last season, was expected to be an important piece in the team’s plans for 2017-18. The Blue Jackets worked hard to avoid exposing him in the NHL Expansion Draft and it’s believed they rejected Colorado’s requests to include him in any Matt Duchene trade.

But negotiations have been difficult. Anderson is a restricted free agent. On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reported the team and player were “as little as $150,000 per year (apart) on a three-year contract — but both sides are standing firm on principle.”


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Josh Anderson Remains Unsigned

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

I’m a big believer in the Lou Lamoriello, “If you have time, use it,” philosophy, so, when it comes to unsigned players, the next pressure point is the start of the season. That said, I’m surprised that Josh Anderson remains without a deal. Columbus went the extra mile to keep the edgy, rapidly improving forward from Vegas, and others.

It is believed, for example, that Colorado asked for him in Matt Duchene talks, only to be rejected. Word is the Jackets want a three-year term to protect against Anderson’s upcoming salary arbitration eligibility, but the two sides are nowhere close on value. Another source indicated Anderson used Tom Wilson as a comparable. The Washington forward signed for two years and $4 million, but that did not bridge the gap, either. Anderson’s agent, Darren Ferris, declined comment. This is a huge year for the Blue Jackets, too.

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All John Tortorella

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

Portzline: Your team came into last season with so much to prove, almost a sense of embarrassment about the previous two seasons. What is the motivation now, and how worried are you about a let-down, or a feeling that the 50 wins and 108 points means you’ve arrived?

Tortorella: I’ll give you one line in the letter I sent to them this summer: ‘We played 10 days extra. That’s it. Ten days.’ The biggest thing I’m trying to say to you, Portzy, is I’ve been through this before in Tampa. Look, I thought we had a really good camp last year to get us going in the right direction. Our mindset, I thought, changed as we went through camp and into our season. We lost our first two games, had a reset right away. That helped us. I know … in my gut, I think this year is going to be a year where we have to try to figure out some other things.

AP: It seemed like the stars aligned last season …

JT: I don’t know if we’re going to be able to win 16 games in a row. Some of the things that went right last year, I don’t know if they’re going to go right this year. Each year is a different animal. I know in my gut … my gut just screams to me, ‘Be ready. There are going to be some challenges here.’

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A Six-Year Contract For Alexander Wennberg And The Columbus Blue Jackets

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alexander Wennberg to a six-year contract through the 2022-23 NHL season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Wennberg, 22, posted NHL career highs in 2016-17, recording 13 goals and 46 assists for 59 points and a +9 plus/minus rating in 80 regular season games. He led Columbus in assists and multi-point games (14, tied) and finished second in points. His 46 assists were 15th-T most in the NHL and the fourth-most in a single season in Blue Jackets history. The 6-2, 196-pound center made his NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in the 2017 postseason and recorded an assist in five contests vs. Pittsburgh.

"We are excited to have signed Alexander to a long-term contract through the 2022-23 season, " said Kekalainen. "He has shown steady improvement throughout his young NHL career and is coming off a very good 2016-17 campaign. At just 22-years-old, he has tremendous opportunity to become an integral player for our organization for years to come."


Reports are six years, $29.4M

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Afternoon Line- Brandon Dubinsky


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John Tortorella No Longer A Lame-Duck Coach

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The adage that “coaches are hired to be fired” has been hammered into the Jackets’ misshapen history. The Jackets have been eating portions of coaches’ contracts from the time Doug MacLean selected himself to replace Dave King behind the bench in January 2003. It is a regular cost of doing business in major-league sports, yes, but when you eat a million here and a million there, pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. And this isn’t Real Madrid we’re talking about here.

So, Tortorella’s one-year extension makes sense. It maintains the momentum gained from a 108-point season. These Jackets are capable of pushing deep into the playoffs, and it would have been folly to stage a protracted contract war with the league’s coach of the year. Here in Columbus, we don’t even want to think about a contract war.

Jackets management has, generally speaking, done a fine job and deserves to be recognized for stockpiling assets. At the same time, it is hard to forget what embarrassing depths it can reach in the middle of a contract dispute. Two words: Ryan Johansen.

I’m not saying that John Davidson, president of hockey operations, Jarmo Kekalainen, the general manager, and assistant general manager Bill Zito, the point man on most negotiations, would again play the public-humiliation card, but they did it once, and the memory is a stain that is slow to fade.

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