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Video- It Was One Tough Summer For Manny Legace

via the YouTube channel of Bally Sports Detroit,

Manny Legace shares the story of his emotional journey through COVID-19 and the death of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, who was like a son to Legace.

 

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A Six-Year Extension For Zach Werenski

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Zach Werenski to a six-year, $57.5 million contract extension through the 2027-28 National Hockey League season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.

Werenski, 24, has registered 65 goals and 124 assists for 189 points with 71 penalty minutes and a +13 plus/minus rating, while averaging 22:43 in time on ice in 335 career NHL games. Since making his debut with Columbus in 2016, he ranks tied for third among NHL blueliners in goals and 19th in points. He is the club's all-time leader in goals by a defenseman, while ranking second in points and fourth in assists.

"Zach Werenski has been one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League over the past five years and we are thrilled that he will continue to be a Blue Jacket and the leader of our blueline for at least the next seven years," said Kekalainen. "As talented as Zach is and as much as he has achieved so early in his career, he is an even better person and will be a foundational player for our club as we move forward."

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Cam Atkinson To Philadelphia Jakub Voracek To Columbus

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Patrik Laine Hopes To Stay In Columbus

from NHL.com,

Patrik Laine said he would like to remain with the Columbus Blue Jackets and hopes he can flourish under new coach Brad Larsen.

The 23-year-old forward can become a restricted free agent July 28.

"I hope I can stay in Columbus," Laine said in remarks published by Aamulehti in Finland on Tuesday and translated by NHL.com. "This is the starting point, but you can never be sure what happens. I got traded once."

Laine was acquired by the Blue Jackets with forward Jack Roslovic from the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 23 for forward Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Laine scored 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 45 games after the trade.

"I really haven't thought about the contract negotiations," Laine said. "At some point they will let me know what the situation is, and they will ask what I think about this proposal. Do I want to take the contract? And then we continue (the negotiations)."

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Videos- Remembering Matiss Kivlenieks

A memorial service for Matiss Kivlenieks is being held in Cleveland this morning.

Below, find a comment from Manny Legace and the live stream.

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Columbus Prospect Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks Has Passed Away

via IIHF.com (translated),

We express our deepest condolences to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the Latvian national goalkeeper Matīss Edmunds Kivlenieks with the premature departure of Matīss. Matīss, a student of the hockey school "Pārdaugava", was the goalkeeper of the Latvian national team at the last World Championship, entering the goal in four games. He also played eight games in the NHL during his career. With his fighting spirit, work ethic and attitude he was a true example in sports! Matīsa's departure is a great loss not only for Latvian hockey, but for the entire Latvian nation.

added 8:56am, CBJ statement is below.  added 9:20am, Statement from Gary Bettman is below.

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Seth Jones May Be Moved This Summer

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson declined to confirm reports that star defenseman Seth Jones has told the club he won’t be signing a contract extension with it this summer.

“There was an agreement to keep the discussions private,” Davidson said. “The Blue Jackets will continue to keep things private.”

But Davidson has made it abundantly clear that the Blue Jackets won’t take the same approach with Jones that they did two years ago with forward Artemi Panarin, who eventually signed with the New York Rangers.

“The No. 1 thing we’d like to do is keep Seth,” Davidson told The Athletic on Sunday. “He has every right in the world to leave if he wants to not extend the contract, but we’ll do what’s best for our team. We just want players who want to be here.

“This is a different scenario (than in 2019). We were in a position (then) where we thought we had a chance to make a pretty good run at (the Stanley Cup). Beating Tampa Bay (in the first round) was great. Losing to Boston in six … it was a good series, and they lost in seven in the Final.”

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Report- John Davidson Headed Back To Columbus

from Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets fans hoping to see John Davidson return as president of hockey operations will soon get their wish.

Multiple sources indicated to the Dispatch on Wednesday that Davidson, the Jackets’ former president of hockey operations for seven years, will be re-hired to his former position in the near future – perhaps as soon as Thursday.

Davidson did not immediately respond to a call and text message seeking confirmation of the hire and multiple team officials either declined to comment or did not reply.

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John Tortorella And The Columbus Blue Jackets Agree To Part Ways

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella, whose contract expired at the end of the 2020-21 season, have mutually agreed to part ways, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

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Report- John Tortorella Will Not Be Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

John Tortorella will not return as coach of the Blue Jackets next season, multiple sources told The Athletic.

The winningest coach in franchise history decided to move on when his contract expires this offseason, ending a six-year run in Columbus that included four playoff berths, the first playoff series win in franchise history, and some memorable and turbulent moments along the way.

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