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Blue Jackets' Vladislav Gavrikov: Lands three-year extension
Gavrikov signed a three-year, $8.4 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Gavrikov had a strong rookie season in 2019-20, notching five goals and 18 points while averaging 18:59 of ice time per game in 69 appearances. The 24-year-old blueliner will continue to be a key piece of the Blue Jackets' top four over the next three campaigns, but he won't see much time with the man advantage, and instead will primarily be used as a penalty killer from a special-teams standpoint, so it's unlikely that he'll develop into an attractive fantasy option in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Gustav Nyquist: Out 5-to-6 months
Nyquist will be sidelined for 5-to-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear of his left shoulder Tuesday.
This is a big blow for Columbus, as Nyquist was expected to continue to skate in a top-six spot while maintaining a major role on the Blue Jackets' power play in 2020-21 after racking up 15 goals and 42 points in 70 games last campaign. Although the start date of next season remains up in the air, it's safe to assume Nyquist will miss a significant chunk of the campaign since he likely won't be ready to play until mid-April at the earliest. Columbus may now decide to pursue a top-six winger in free agency to pick up the slack in Nyquist's absence.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Ryan MacInnis: Inks two-way deal
MacInnis signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
MacInnis spent most of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, picking up seven goals and 30 points in 45 games, but he also made 10 appearances with the big club, notching a single helper over that span. The 2014 second-round pick will likely have a similar role in 2020-21, so he won't be a viable fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Jake Christiansen: Loaned to Austrian club
The Blue Jackets have loaned Christiansen to the Bratislava Capitals of the Austrian Hockey League.
Christiansen spent most of the 2019-20 campaign with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL, racking up 22 goals and 50 points in 38 games, but he made the jump to the AHL towards the end of the year, going scoreless in nine appearances with AHL Stockton. He'll return to North America ahead of next season's training camp, but he'll almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Kevin Stenlund: Inks one-year extension
Stenlund signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Stenlund split time between the AHL and NHL last season, picking up 18 points in 33 minor-league appearances and 10 points in 32 top-level contests. He'll likely see more action at the NHL level in 2020-21, but he probably still won't be a full-time player for the Blue Jackets, and he won't produce enough offense when he's with the big club to be worth rostering in fantasy leagues.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Calvin Thurkauf: Lands two-way deal
Thurkauf signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Thurkauf spent the majority of the 2019-20 season with AHL Cleveland, picking up 26 points in 53 games, but he did appear in three games with the big club, although he failed to record a point over that span. He'll likely spend most, if not all of the 2020-21 campaign in the minors, so he won't be relevant from a fantasy standpoint.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Gabriel Carlsson: Pens two-year deal
Carlsson put pen to paper on a two-year contract with Columbus on Friday.
Carlsson's deal will be twovway for 2020-21 before converting to a one-way pact in the second year. As such, Carlsson could spend some time in the minors this year with AHL Cleveland, though he'll certainly get the opportunity to earn a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Mikko Koivu: Pens deal in Columbus
Koivu signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Blue Jackets on Saturday, Rick Dhaliwal of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Koivu was a legend in Minnesota, racking up 709 points over 1,028 games and adding another 28 points over 59 postseason contests. The Wild are rebuilding and moving on from their captain, so Koivu will get a fresh start in Columbus. He'll likely slot in as the third-line center with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Max Domi handling top-six duties, but the 37-year-old could earn some power-play minutes as well. Koivu posted a career-low 21 points over 55 games last season, and if he indeed stays in the bottom six, his fantasy outlook is low.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Gavin Bayreuther: Joins Blue Jackets
Bayreuther signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Friday.
Bayreuther joins a crowded blue line and will likely begin next season with AHL Cleveland. The 26-year-old played in the AHL last season and recorded 29 points over 59 games, but he does have 19 games of NHL experience under his belt.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Matiss Kivlenieks: Signs two-year extension
Kivlenieks signed a two-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Kivlenieks appeared in six games with the big club last season, posting a 1-1-2 record while registering a 2.95 GAA and .898 save percentage. He'll likely spend most of the 2020-21 campaign in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cliff Pu: Swapped in one-for-one deal
Pu was brought in by the Blue Jackets from the Panthers on Thursday in exchange for Markus Nutivaara.
In two seasons since going pro, Pu has split time between the AHL and ECHL but is still awaiting his first opportunity with a big club. Selected by the Sabres in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft, this will be Pu's fourth organization as he's been moved multiple times. At this point, fantasy players shouldn't be expecting Pu to log significant time in the NHL and figures to be a non-factor in fantasy contests.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Max Domi: Signs with new club
Domi signed a two-year, $10.6 million contract with Columbus on Wednesday.
Domi -- who was acquired by the Jackets via trade Wednesday -- should slot into a second-line center role behind Pierre-Luc Dubois, though he could occasionally move to the wing to get both players on one line. In 71 games with the Habs last year, the 24-year-old Domi garnered 17 goals and 27 helpers and figures to get back over the 20-goal mark in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Samuel Knazko: Offensive defender off to Columbus
Knazko was drafted 78th overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
Knazko is a great skater with offensive upside -- good hands, solid vision and a nice, hard shot. He's super young and you know what that means -- yep, his defensive game needs work. And that's why he was picked in round three, not round one or two. Best case scenario, Knazko can become a reliable top-four defender who runs the PP. But this Slovakian won't be in Columbus for many years.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Yegor Chinakhov: Hot start in KHL appeals to Jackets
Chinakhov was drafted 21st overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Tuesday.
This pick dumbfounded draft analysts, many of whom weren't familiar with his name. Chinakhov is off to a white-hot start in the KHL this month, with five goals in five games for Avangard Omsk. He's a skilled guy, but remember -- he was passed over last year at the entry draft, and that often doesn't work out for teams. Chinakhov's skill and shot project well, but he could also top out on the third line. The Blue Jackets clearly see something that few others have before. Wait until he makes a dent in Columbus before you use up a dynasty spot.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Max Domi: Flipped in trade
Domi was brought in by the Blue Jackets from the Canadiens on Tuesday, along with a 2020 third-round pick, in exchange for Josh Anderson.
Domi will need a new contract, as he is slated to become a restricted free agent Friday. The 24-year-old center has reached the 40-point mark in four of his five seasons, including the 72-point campaign he put together in 2018-19. With the Jackets, Domi should slot into a second-line role behind Pierre-Luc Dubois, though he could be utilized on the wing from time to time.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson: Deemed fully fit
Anderson (shoulder) has recovered from shoulder surgery and would have played in the postseason had Columbus advanced, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Anderson was limited to a mere 26 games last year in which he garnered one goal, three helpers and 63 shots. The club will need to secure a new contract for the restricted free agent during the offseason. If healthy, the 25-year-old could be capable of reaching both the 25-goal and 50-point thresholds, which would make him a solid fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Moves to French club
Texier will begin the season on loan in France.
Texier was originally going to play in Finland to start the year but a family matter led him to return to his native France. Instead, the center will play with his hometown club for which he came up through the youth ranks. The last time Texier played for Grenoble was back in 2016-17 in which he recorded 10 goals and nine assists in 40 contests. Once the Jackets report to training camp, Texier will rejoin the club and should push for a top-six role this season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Loan deal terminated
Texier's loan to KalPa (Finland) has been terminated after he left the club to deal with a family matter.
Shortly after arriving agreeing to start the year overseas with KalPa, Texier returned to his native France to attend to a family matter. The 21-year-old center figures to rejoin the Blue Jackets when NHL training camps kick-off ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Kole Sherwood: Heads to KHL
The Blue Jackets have loaned Sherwood to the KHL's Kunlun Red Star.
Sherwood accepted the Blue Jackets' qualifying offer, and he's expected to return to the team once the 2020-21 season commences. For the time being, he'll look to fine-tune his skills in the KHL in hopes of securing a full-time role with the Blue Jackets next season.... See More ... See Less