Category Archives: Colombus Blue Jackets
Brian, 32, could be in his final week in a Lightning uniform, depending on how things develop at the March 1 trade deadline.
Boyle, who can be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is drawing interest from several teams looking for a versatile veteran for a playoff push.
The Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets (with Boyle’s former Rangers coach, John Tortorella) are reportedly among the suitors. So are the Oilers, which the Lightning hosts Tuesday.
GM Jarmo Kekalainen will likely have to move a player to give Alexander Wennberg the raise he requires when he reaches restricted status in July.
For the right price, anybody is available. I don’t see them wanting to trade him though. He one of the most skilled players on the team. https://t.co/NgAhK7o3AT
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 13, 2016
Although the Blue Jackets aren’t putting Johnson, 29, on the block, they’ll listen to any offers that could potentially help them in the future. He and Tyutin each will make more than $4 million next season. Campbell, 32, can be had for a lot less and is serviceable on faceoffs and the penalty kill. The remaining forwards are probably safe for now, including Rychel, who in his second season has been the center of speculation about his desire to leave. However, he’s earned a regular spot and has impressed Tortorella with his play, not an easy feat. In a perfect world, the Blue Jackets would somehow find a suitor to take the hefty contract ($5.25 million per season through 2019-2020) of oft-injured forward David Clarkson, but that’s unlikely to happen.
Ultimately, you want to have the best chance at winning the lottery — and getting Matthews, who is most often compared with Jonathan Toews and Anze Kopitar, and never to Gilbert “I’ve got my Sidney Crosby” Brule.
If you are the Jackets, what you want to do is lose, artfully and otherwise. You want to dump veterans at the trade deadline, bring up a bunch of Lake Erie Monsters and see what the kids can do. You want to make February, March and April into three more Octobers.
Alas, the penchant of these Jackets is to catch fire around Groundhog Day, and, well, we’ve all seen that movie, many times, and we’ve yet to see the end of it.
The Canucks placed Chris Higgins on waivers last Tuesday. A day later, the former Yale forward cleared, with nobody interested in assuming the $2.5 million he’s due annually through 2017. Higgins is only 32 years old. The left wing scored 12 goals and 24 assists in 77 games for Vancouver last season. But Higgins is the odd man out as general manager Jim Benning tries to make his aging roster younger.
The Nashville Predators traded defenceman Seth Jones to the Columbus Blue Jackets for centre Ryan Johansen on Wednesday, giving up a young piece of their defence in search of some more offence.
I honestly don't know, but i think it would take a lot for Columbus to trade Johansen within division. https://t.co/ofMhLmeouF
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 4, 2016
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 30, 2015
from tsn.ca …. The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Nathan Horton.
Hearing the Rangers and Columbus Center Mark Letestu connected. Rangers are interested.
— Patrick Kearns (@PatrickKearns) February 18, 2015
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch writes … Jarmo Kekalainen is not going to trade a first-round draft pick for immediate help.
Read the article here
Further to @Aportzline tweet, was told this am CLB is not at all keen on trading Anisimov. Good player.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 26, 2014