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The Underrated Nick Foligno

Nick Foligno doesn't stand out on the score sheet, but Blue Jackets faithful know how important he is.
(Photo via bluejackets.nhl.com)

Much like the team he plays for, Nick Foligno tends to fly under the radar. The Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t on anyone’s radar to contend this year even after winning the franchise’s first two playoff games and neither is Foligno, despite starting the season in red-hot fashion. Foligno’s career began with enough pomp and circumstance; it’s hard to fly under ... Read More »

10/20/14 Columbus Blue Jackets: Three Things, Weekend Edition

McElhinney was forced to leave Saturday's game midway through, leaving question marks at the backup goalie spot.
(Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

Welcome to “Three things”, your recap-like-substance for Columbus Blue Jackets games. No one wants to read “this happened, then this happened” boring recaps, so instead of doing that, we’ll look at three important things from the night’s action and talk about those. This is the weekend edition, so we’ll cover Friday night’s win over Calgary and Saturday’s loss to Ottawa. ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Ottawa Senators 10/18/14

Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators defends Jack Johnson #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets as he skates with the puck during the second period on January 28, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Who: Ottawa Senators Where: Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa, ON When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: The Sens have been hot out of the gate, second in the Atlantic Division through their first handful of games. Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur are back it again this season after enjoying a solid season in 2013-14. The duo are far and away the best ... Read More »

The Nameless Celebrity of Columbus, Ohio

Following the Blue Jackets morning skate, ice technician Ian Huffman resurfaces the ice before the San Jose Sharks practice on March 13, 2014. Huffman resurfaces the ice with the Zamboni more than a dozen times on game days. 
(Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch)

Columbus Blue Jackets fans have waited over three and half months to say those three magic words: “Hockey is back!” It has been a long off-season and fans have had summers full of vacations and relaxation, but at Nationwide Arena, the ice crew was busy preparing for the upcoming season. No one has worked harder than Head Ice Technician, Ian ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Calgary Flames 10/17/14

Johansen is off to a strong start despite missing all of training camp and the pre-season.
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Who: Calgary Flames Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: The Flames have been the Road Warriors early on this year, going 3-1-0 away from Alberta and riding a two-game winning streak despite allowing nearly 37 shots per game. That includes being outshot 50-18 on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks, yet still pulling out the 2-1 overtime ... Read More »

10/14/14 Three things: Blue Jackets vs Dallas Stars

The Blue Jackets fought back in the second period, but couldn't overcome the Stars.
(bluejackets.nhl.com)

Welcome to “Three things”, your recap-like-substance for Columbus Blue Jackets games. No one wants to read “this happened, then this happened” boring recaps, so instead of doing that, we’ll look at three important things from the night’s action and talk about those. Here are three things from Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss to Dallas. Seguin and Benn are sort of good ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Dallas Stars 10/14/14

The Blue Jackets swept the season series last year and are off to a hot start in 2014-15.
(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Who: Dallas Stars Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: For a team boasting a lot of firepower on paper, the Stars have come out struggling to score this season. Managing a pair against Cup favorites in the Chicago Blackhawks isn’t terribly alarming, but dropping a 4-1 decision to the Nashville Predators might be. Even more alarming ... Read More »

Three Things: Blue Jackets vs Sabres (10/9/14)

Despite heavy lineup casualties, the Blue Jackets got it done on Thursday night.
(Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Welcome to “Three things”, your recap-like-substance for Columbus Blue Jackets games. No one wants to read “this happened, then this happened” boring recaps, so instead of doing that, we’ll look at three important things from the night’s action and talk about those. Here are three things from Thursday night’s 3-1 win in Buffalo. Johansen vs Richards – FIGHT! So it ... Read More »

10/9/14 Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Buffalo Sabres

The Blue Jackets already have the midseason injuries to deal with as they head to Buffalo for their season opener.
(AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Who: Buffalo Sabres Where: HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: On paper, this is supposed to be a much-improved team. They brought back Matt Moulson, added Sam Reinhart, Brian Gionta, Andre Benoit, Andrej Meszaros and Josh Gorges. They’ll be more competitive this year for sure and are clearly on the cusp of the vaunted youth movement Buffalo ... Read More »

Brandon Dubinsky placed on IR

Dubinsky, one of the gritty leaders of the young Blue Jackets, will be out indefinitely.
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

When it rains, it pours. The Columbus Blue Jackets are finding that out quickly. On Tuesday, the team announced center Brandon Dubinsky would be placed on injured reserve with a “lower-body injury”, making him a scratch for Thursday’s opener in Buffalo. The Blue Jackets have already had a rough time this offseason and this is the latest in a string ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets claim Jack Skille

Skille, who was with the Blue Jackets for the playoff run, returns to Columbus.
(Bluejackets.nhl.com)

With all of the negative momentum going on in the offseason, the Columbus Blue Jackets could use something, anything in the positive column. Sure, the signing of Jack Skille might not result in streamers and party hats, but in an offseason like this – where Ryan Johansen is in the middle of a bitter, nasty contract negotiation with the team ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Ryan Johansen

According to the team twitter, the two sides have finally come to terms.
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According to the team’s official Twitter account, the battle is over: the Blue Jackets have come to terms on a three-year deal with center Ryan Johansen. There’s an official announcement to come, so we’ll know just who caved and over how much soon. The young center was the team’s breakout star last year, potting 33 goals and 63 points to ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets 2014-15 Season Preview

The Blue Jackets surprised many last year, but look to make a deeper run in 2014-15. (Getty Images)

About last year… The Jackets were a surprising wild card team, notching 93 points and giving the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Penguins a scare in the opening round of the playoffs. Few expected them to even get that far, but the promising showing has made them favorites to go deeper in 2014/15. The team was buoyed offensively by a breakout year from ... Read More »

Talks between Columbus Blue Jackets, Ryan Johansen moving slowly

The two sides are still far apart, but at least talks are progressing.
(Addison Recorder)

The saga between the Columbus Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen seems like a never-ending one, with neither side budging. But according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline, talks appear to be moving. Slowly, but they’re at least moving. On Friday, Portzline reported that the two sides are $1.25 million apart per year ($2.5 million total on the supposed two-year ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets: 4 Big Questions

The Blue Jackets are a team on the rise, but they have several big questions heading into the 2014/15 season.
(Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the 2014/15 season on the horizon, there are a few burning questions about the Columbus Blue Jackets that must be answered. How will Ryan Johansen impact this season? If he had a new contract, this would be much easier to answer. Alas, we’re a week before the start of the season and the potential franchise center doesn’t have a ... Read More »