Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Johnny Gaudreau

Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Johnny Gaudreau

After the Columbus Blue Jackets entered as a surprise team in the Johnny Gaudreau sweepstakes late this afternoon, the team has apparently signed the superstar forward, says Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. According to TSN’s Chris Johnston, the deal is worth $9.75MM per season and will be paid entirely in salary (no bonuses), bringing the total value … Read more

Snapshots: Zadorov, Rodrigues, Laine, Canucks

Snapshots: Zadorov, Rodrigues, Laine, Canucks

On top of Johnny Gaudreau opting to get the open market, defenseman Nikita Zadorov will also be doing so, reports Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic (Twitter link). The 27-year-old had a career-high 22 points last season but also averaged a career-low in ice time at 16:55 per game. A veteran of over NHL … Read more

NHL trade, free agency buzz

NHL trade, free agency buzz

MONTREAL — The NHL’s general managers put on the eve of the 2022 NHL draft. What their meeting lacked in rules changes or policy news, it made up for with post-meeting news and buzz on trades, free agents and other league matters. Here’s a glimpse at what was said, and heard, in Montreal on Wednesday, … Read more

2022 NHL Draft: What is each team’s biggest need?

2022 NHL Draft: What is each team’s biggest need?

Today we look at each NHL team’s biggest need going into the 2022 NHL Draft. Biggest need, in this context, doesn’t mean the immediate need on the big club’s roster. This is not about filling needs for the 2022-23 NHL season. The purpose of this from an NHL Draft perspective is to examine a club’s … Read more

John Tortorella on how the Lightning changed after 2019: ‘We created a monster’

John Tortorella on how the Lightning changed after 2019: ‘We created a monster’

NEW YORK — As John Tortorella watches another Lightning playoff run — they are six wins from a Stanley Cup three-peat — one prevailing thought comes to mind. “We created a monster,” Tortorella told The Athletic on Wednesday. Tortorella is the last coach to beat Tampa Bay in a playoff series, in 2019 when the … Read more

Host Finland outlasts Canada, completes ‘unbelievable’ run with world hockey championship title

Host Finland outlasts Canada, completes ‘unbelievable’ run with world hockey championship title

TAMPERE, Finland — Sakari Manninen scored on a power play at 6 minutes, 42 seconds of 3-on-3 overtime and Finland beat Canada 4-3 on Sunday for its fourth world hockey championship title. Host Finland completed an Olympics-world double after winning in China in February, joining Sweden in 2006 as the only countries to win Olympic … Read more

Laine says signing contract with Blue Jackets shouldn’t be issue

Laine says signing contract with Blue Jackets shouldn’t be issue

COLUMBUS– Patrick Laine said Saturday he expects to sign a contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The forward can become a restricted free agent July 13. “I don’t think it should be an issue, you know?” Wool said. “They have expressed they want me here. I’ve said the same thing. So, you know, the feeling … Read more

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets (4/24/2022)

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets (4/24/2022)

Playing down to our competition is the Oilers’ love language. Final Score: 5-2 Blue Jackets I think I’ve said how much I love a good matinee twice already this morning, but I’m going to say it again right now because there’s nothing that I love more than an Oilers game to kick off my day. … Read more

Looking at potential Edmonton Oilers statistical milestones as the season winds down

Looking at potential Edmonton Oilers statistical milestones as the season winds down

The Edmonton Oilers will head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets for a matinee game on Sunday, so here are your Game Notes, one day early. 1. I mentioned this in my Around The West post earlier today, but the Oilers are pretty much locked into their spot in second place in the Pacific … Read more