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Blue Jackets' Emil Bemstrom: Pens two-year pact
Bemstrom signed a two-year, $1.8 million deal with Columbus on Wednesday.
Bemstrom has logged 117 games for the club over the last three seasons in which he has garnered a combined 19 goals and 17 helpers while averaging 11:45 of ice time. The winger ended the previous campaign mired in an eight-game pointless streak during which he generated just 10 shots. Even if he does make the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus the Hurricanes, he is far from a lock for the lineup every game and could spend some time in the press box.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Trey Fix-Wolansky: Signs deal with Columbus
Fix-Wolansky signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
The deal will carry a $750,000 AAV at the NHL level. Fix-Wolansky had a goal and an assist in six games during the 2021-22 season. The 23-year-old winger will likely compete for a depth role on a revamped Columbus team.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine: Signs four-year extension
Laine signed a four-year, $34.8 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Friday, PuckPedia reports.
Laine bounced back in a big way in 2021-22 after struggling mightily in 2020-21, racking up 26 goals, 56 points and 167 shots while averaging 18:50 of ice time through 56 contests. He's dealt with injuries over the past three campaigns, but as long as he's able to remain relatively healthy, the 24-year-old sniper should be able to eclipse the 30-goal and 60-point marks with relative ease while firing a ton of shots on net in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Nick Blankenburg: Inks two-year deal
Blankenburg (knee) signed a two-year, $1.65 million contract with Columbus on Friday.
Blankenburg scored three points in seven games with the Blue Jackets last season after finishing a four-year career with the University of Michigan. The 24-year-old blueliner scored 29 points in 38 games there as a senior. He was injured while playing with Team USA at the World Championship but he's expected to compete for a bottom-four role during training camp.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine: Still in Jackets' plans
Laine is still a player the Blue jackets would like to sign to an extension, even after the team added Johnny Gaudreau in free agency, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Wednesday's signings of Gaudreau and defenseman Erik Gudbranson chewed up a large part of the Jackets' cap space, but that doesn't mean they're walking away from trying to keep Laine as well. The restricted free agent is looking for a big contract of his own, and the eight-year, $68 million extension Filip Forsberg got from the Predators has been cited as a comparable, but the addition of Gaudreau to the roster makes Columbus more competitive and might encourage Laine to stick around, even if he has to take a slightly smaller deal to do it. GM Jarmo Kekalainen will likely have to trade at least one of Gustav Nyquist ($5.5 million AAV) or Oliver Bjorkstrand ($5.4 million AAV) to clear space for Laine.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Johnny Gaudreau: Signs in Columbus
Gaudreau signed a seven-year contract with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Gaudreau was widely believed to be heading to a team in the Eastern Conference, but the Devils, Islanders and Flyers seemed to be the favorites to get him. Instead, he's signed a massive deal in Columbus with a reported cap hit in the neighborhood of $9.75 million, per Aaron Portzline of The Athletic. This move instantly elevates the Blue Jackets as a whole, and it could be a show of good faith to help them ink Patrik Laine. Gaudreau is coming off of a 40-goal, 115-point season, though the lack of a true, established No. 1 center to support him could see the winger's productivity drop after signing the blockbuster deal.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Erik Gudbranson: Signs four-year deal with Columbus
Gudbranson signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Gudbranson appeared in 78 games with the Flames last season, picking up 17 points, 145 hits and 92 blocked shots while averaging 18:08 of ice time per contest. The 30-year-old defender should produce similarly while potentially taking on a slightly larger role with Columbus in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Denton Mateychuk: Pens entry-level deal
Mateychuk signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Columbus selected Mateychuk with the 12th overall pick in this year's Entry Draft. The 18-year-old defender spent the 2021-22 season with the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors, racking up 13 goals and 64 points through 65 games. He'll likely remain with the Moose Jaw Warriors for the 2022-23 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' David Jiricek: Secures entry-level deal
Jiricek inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Columbus on Wednesday.
Jiricek was taken sixth overall in the 2022 NHL Draft by the Jackets and wastes no time getting his first NHL contract underway. Despite being a high draft choice, the blueliner is far from a lock to join the team for the upcoming 2022-23 campaign and could return to his native Czech Republic with HC Plzen in order to further his development. Still, Jiricek should at least get a look during training camp and perhaps could make his NHL debut in the early part of the season before being sent back overseas.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Kirill Dolzhenkov: Nabbed by Columbus in Round 4
Dolzhenkov was selected 109th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
A hulking winger who checks in at 6-foot-6 and well over 230 pounds, Dolzhenkov makes an immediate impression every time you watch him play. He uses his large frame to carve out space in the offensive zone and has the hands to make creative plays in tight. The major concern regarding Dolzhenkov is a lack of foot speed. There's little pace to his game, but to Dolzhenkov's credit, he battles hard to get to where he needs to be in all three zones. Forwards of this size who can play the game rarely come along, making Dolzhenkov a worthy gamble for Columbus at this stage of the draft.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Jordan Dumais: Upside pick for Blue Jackets
Dumais was selected 96th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Dumais was unquestionably one of the best players in the QMJHL this past season, as his 70 assists (in 68 games) tied for the league lead, while his 109 points ranked third best in the circuit. There is an excellent blend of skill and work ethic with Dumais, though there are some clear drawbacks, as well. For starters, Dumais is 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds. Even in the new "modern" NHL, there are very few players that size who have become difference-makers. And while Dumais' skating hasn't been an issue throughout his junior career, he's not a burner and doesn't project to have the wheels to separate consistently from opposing defenders at the highest level. Dumais is the type of prospect you bet against at your own risk because he has clear NHL-caliber traits, but there are a wide ranges of outcomes here.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Luca Del Bel Belluz: Taken by Columbus in Round 2
Del Bel Belluz was selected 44th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Del Bel Belluz is fresh off a very consistent season for OHL Mississauga which saw him post 30 goals and 76 points in 68 games, in addition to a plus-23 rating. Del Bel Belluz's production in the postseason dipped considerably however, as he managed just four points in ten games. Del Bel Belluz has both the hands and hockey sense to fill a top-six role at the NHL level, but his foot speed is well below average and there are some scouts who feel he will ultimately be forced to move to the wing as a professional. That said; expect Columbus to run Del Bel Belluz out as a pivot until he proves he cannot handle it.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Denton Mateychuk: Off the board 12th at 2022 Draft
Mateychuk was selected 12th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Thursday.
Mateychuk is the next best fantasy defender after David Jiricek and Simon Nemec in this year's class. He fits the profile of a top modern-NHL defender -- dynamic skater, great vision and excellent in transition. He also has a big shot, good smarts, and makes strong decisions, and that made him one of the best rovers. Mateychuk's game has a bit of Morgan Rielly in it, and that could make him a future fantasy star. But he's 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds (and somehow looks even smaller), and more than a few scouts have wondered if he can handle today's big, fast NHL forwards. But many more think he can -- rovers rarely spend much time in their own zone because they get the puck up and out fast. A top-four role (and maybe more) is in his future.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' David Jiricek: Selected sixth at 2022 Entry Draft
Jiricek was selected sixth overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Thursday.
Jiricek is one of the top two defenders available in the 2022 draft. He's more physical than Simon Nemec, but not quite the same skater -- his stride is a touch awkward in comparison. But his wheels are more than adequate given his commanding on-ice presence, booming point shot and strength in transition. At minimum, Jiricek projects as a top-four stalwart in Columbus. But he has true first-pairing upside and could become the next Alex Pietrangelo if the pieces come together.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Adam Boqvist: Signs three-year deal
Boqvist (undisclosed) signed a three-year deal worth $7.8 million with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Boqvist missed time with injuries last season and ended the campaign sidelined. He was set to be a restricted free agent, but his new deal will keep him with the Blue Jackets for three more seasons. The Swede is expected to emerge as a top-four defenseman going forward and should also log power-play time after picking up six of his 22 points with the man advantage last season.... See More ... See Less
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