Blue jackets 2014-2015 Season
May 2, 2014 5:30 pm at 5:30 pm #1013056
Blue Jackets Look Toward Next Season
May 2, 2014
by Steve Brown and Thomas Bradley
89.7 NPR News Morning Anchor
For WOSU’s sports podcast After the Score, Steve Brown and Thomas Bradley spoke to Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline about the Jackets’ return to the playoffs and what could be in store for next season.
June 18, 2014 9:53 pm at 9:53 pm #1025307
Blue Jackets announce 2014-15 preseason schedule, development camp dates
Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 2:25 PM / News
By BlueJackets.com Staff
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will play an eight-game preseason schedule, including four home games at Nationwide Arena, prior to their 14th National Hockey League season, the club announced today. Columbus will play one home and one road game against a pair of Metropolitan Division rivals – the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes – as well as former Central Division rivals the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators.June 21, 2014 3:38 pm at 3:38 pm #1025702
Blue Jackets announce opening games of 2014-15 regular season
Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 3:00 PM / News
By BlueJackets.com Staff
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will open the 2014-15 regular season on Thursday, October 9 against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center with the club’s home-opener set for Saturday, October 11 against the New York Rangers, the club and National Hockey League announced today. The Metropolitan Division clash between the Blue Jackets and Rangers will begin at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. The remainder of the 2014-15 schedule is expected to be released on Sunday at 4 p.m.June 23, 2014 1:01 pm at 1:01 pm #1025914
In one area it makes a lot of sense: Hartnell is signed for the next five seasons with a cap hit of $4.75 million, not a tremendous difference in terms of the money obligation. Beyond that, though, you have to like this deal from Columbus’ perspective.
Frankly, both players underwhelmed a bit last season but Umberger perhaps a bit more than Hartnell. He was a scratch on a couple of nights for coach Todd Richards and averaged just 12:47 per game in four postseason appearances. His role diminished and so did production but he did still finish with 18 goals and 16 assists. Now the 32-year-old returns to Philadelphia where his career began.
Hartnell was a little better with 20 goals and 32 assists last season in Philadelphia. Only a few days older than Umberger, Hartnell has had the better career season as he finished with 37 goals and 30 assists in 2011-12 when he was an All-Star for the Flyers.June 23, 2014 1:14 pm at 1:14 pm #1025916
Love the deal and was shocked they were able to trade RJJune 27, 2014 9:24 am at 9:24 am #1026796
Blue Jackets Trade Away Fan Favorite R.J. Umberger
June 27, 2014 9:22 am – Jason Parks
One of The Blue Jackets fan favorites over the years, winger R.J. Umberger, has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Umberger was a graduate of The Ohio State University. Combining the fact that Umberger was a former Buckeye and had a gritty playing style always made him a fan favorite in Columbus.
READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/blue-jackets-trade-away-fan-favorite-r-j-umberger-jp1June 28, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am #1026976July 5, 2014 3:00 pm at 3:00 pm #1028252
Blue Jackets Draft Pick Sonny Milano Excited for Future in Columbus
July 5, 2014 2:55 pm – Jason Parks
During the summer after high school graduation, most 18-year olds face the pressure of finding a part-time job and wandering the aisles of Bed Bath and Beyond to gather supplies for their freshman year of college. Let’s just say the life of a hockey prospect is a tad bit different. Rather, Sonny Milano spent the summer improving his stock leading up to the NHL draft in order to secure eventual full-time employment. The question though lingered: who would draft Milano and become his future employer?
“It is a pretty scary feeling; you don’t know when you’re going to get picked, where you’re going to go and your future is kind of just up in the air,” said Milano. “You try and enjoy the moment since it only happens once.”July 11, 2014 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm #1029175
Jul 11, 2014, 1:52pm EDT UPDATED: Jul 11, 2014, 1:54pm EDT
Blue Jackets: ‘Winning is a marvelous thing’ but team still unprofitable
Staff reporter – Columbus Business First
It’s no secret – winning helps the business side of professional sports. So after a rough first dozen years with just one winning season (2008-09), Columbus Blue Jackets executives are happy to have strung together a pair of promising campaigns, including last year’s playoff appearance.
August 11, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm #1034051
Ohio hockey continues to grow
Monday, 08.11.2014 / 7:00 AM / News
By Brad Friedman – BlueJackets.com
It started with the late John H. McConnell’s vision to bring an NHL team to the city of Columbus. The arrival of the Blue Jackets meant growing community pride and introducing professional-caliber hockey to a city in which the game was only beginning to blossom.
September 2, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am #1038122
Is the NHL Soon Looking at a 34-Team League? Thankfully, They Say, ‘No’
AUGUST 27, 2014 2:47 PM
Over the past two decades or so, the National Hockey League has delivered storied franchises to such deserving U.S. locales as Sunrise, Fla. Raleigh, N.C., and Glendale Ariz. Hockey is a welcome fit in Columbus, Ohio. Nashville didn’t know what it was missing until the Predators came along. And don’t even get me started with the praise for Anaheim’s No. 1 tourist attraction, the (Mighty) Ducks.
Still, this latest rumor about NHL expansion has me a little uneasy. Laurel, Miss. doesn’t have a team yet. Might they be next?
If hockey can work in Kansas City, move the Panthers there. If Las Vegas is really, really, truly a good option this time, really, move the Coyotes just a bit north. Columbus can surrender its team to Quebec City, which never should have lost its franchise, just as “The Indie Arts Capital of the World” should never have gotten one.
READ MORE: http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/wilbur/2014/08/is_the_nhl_soon_looking_at_a_34-team_league_thankf.htmlSeptember 22, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm #1042616
Columbus Blue Jackets: No. 21
Updated: September 19, 2014, 1:38 PM ET
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine
C-bus is bustling with excitement over its hockey team. The team’s affordability plays a big part in that, since watching hockey in central Ohio is easy on the pocket (the Blue Jackets feature the NHL’s eighth-lowest ticket price, averaging $47.06).
READ MORE: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/story/_/page/FansourceStandingsBlueJackets/columbus-blue-jackets-no-21-ultimate-standingsSeptember 22, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm #1042617
What Did We Learn: Preseason Openers
Observations from Blue Jackets’ first preseason games
Monday, 09.22.2014 / 10:38 AM / News
By Brian McCormack – BlueJackets.com
Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards has stated repeatedly throughout training camp that the coaching staff would need to wait for the exhibition games to truly evaluate his players and to learn what to expect from certain members of his squad. So, after two Jackets preseason games on Sunday, what are some things we’ve learned about this group?
September 23, 2014 6:52 am at 6:52 am #1042732
Rychel Bojrkstrand(sp?) and Wennberg have all looked good in Camp from what I have seen and it was great to watch us beat the blues in the split squad game. Our OLDEST goal scorer was 21 on sunday. Now that is encouraging.September 24, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am #1042969
Saw this on ESPN.com linked from BleacherReport, thought it gave a pretty balanced treatment of the Johansen situation:
What makes this standoff so compelling is that you can make the case for either side. No question the Jackets can point to a long list of bridge deals in the past couple of years that suggest they were well within their rights to try to get Johansen signed at $6 million over two years.
On the other hand, nowhere in the actual CBA does it say a player coming out of an entry-level deal must sign said bridge deal at said compensation. Sure, it’s what GMs around the league want, but it’s not an actual rule.
And Overhardt’s track record says he’s not one for getting bullied.
His leverage is clear: If the Jackets start slowly out of the gates missing their top player, there’s the possibility the team will start swaying his way in talks.
The Jackets’ leverage, aside from the kind of bridge deals signed by the likes of Matt Duchene and P.K. Subban in recent years, would come if the team fares just fine without Johansen in the early part of the season. It’s exactly what happened with Montreal a few years back before Subban accepted his bridge deal.
FTR, I’m with management here. We’ve been burned with overpayments in the past and it remains to be seen whether Johansen’s season last year was a fluke or a genuine breakout. Kekalainen (or maybe it was even Davidson) said openly in one of his interviews that the Jackets are willing to pay for more experienced talent, and pay well (they named some of their slightly older players that they gave longer, more lucrative contracts to), but (paraphrasing) potential alone isn’t enough, there needs to be a more consistent track record than a single good season.
IIRC, the bridge contract at $3 million/yr is still a good bit more than he was making and it only locks him up for two years; if he continues to have years like last year, he’ll get either a very significant offer (in terms of both compensation and duration) at the end of that span either from us (most likely) or someone else.
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