The Blue Jackets have signed Marko Dano to a one-year, two-way deal.
Dano was originally a first-round pick (No.27 overall in 2013) of the Blue Jackets but was traded to the Blackhawks as a part of the Brandon Saad deal in 2015. Since then, Dano has played 13 games for the Blackhawks, 82 games for the Jets and eight games for the Avalanche. He spent most of last season in the AHL, where he had 30 points (12G / 18A) in 51 games for the Manitoba Moose. Dano will be a fringe NHLer for the Blue Jackets and could start 2020 in the AHL.
The Blue Jackets re-sign Ryan MacInnis to a one-year contract.
MacInnis was originally a second-round pick of the Coyotes (No. 43 overall in 2014) but spent last season with the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate in Cleveland. The 23-year-old centre had four goals and 20 assists (24 points) in 71 games with the Monsters and will start the 2019-20 year with Cleveland.
The Blue Jackets have re-signed Sonny Milano to a one-year contract.
The Blue Jackets re-signed Justin Scott to a one-year, two-way contract.
The Blue Jackets have re-signed Scott Harrington to a three-year contract worth $4.9M ($1.63M AAV).
The Blue Jackets have signed Gustav Nyquist to a four-year deal worth $22.0M ($5.5M AAV).
The Blue Jackets have re-signed Ryan Murray to a two-year deal worth $9.2M ($4.6M AAV).
The Blue Jackets have signed Joonas Korpisalo to a one-year deal.
With Sergei Bobrovsky likely heading to Florida, Korpisalo becomes the No.1 netminder in Columbus with Elvis Merzilkins likely serving as his backup. Korpisalo will need to be better than he was in 2018-19, when he ranked 38th in the NHL in GAA (2.95) and tied for 48th in SV% (.897).
The Blue Jackets signed Doyle Somerby to a one-year, two-way deal.
Somerby was a fifth-round pick of the Islanders in 2012 and just finished his second season with Cleveland (AHL). The 24-year-old led all Monsters defensemen with eight goals and added 12 assists to give him 20 points in 66 games last year. He will remain with Cleveland to start the 2019-20 season.
Robinson has accepted the Blue Jackets’ qualifying offer for the 2019-20 NHL season.
Robinson split the 2018-19 season between the NHL and AHL but failed to register a point in 13 games with the Blue Jackets. During his time in the AHL, Robinson had 12 goals and 12 assists (24 points) in 45 games. He is expected to be a member of the Blue Jackets bottom-6 to start 2019-20.
The Blue Jackets have signed Adam Clendening to a two-year contract extension.
Clendening spent the majority of the year in the AHL, where he led all Cleveland defensemen and was third on the team in points with 37 (4G / 33A) in 45 games. The 26-year-ol has 24 points (4G / 20A) in 90 career NHL games with seven different organizations (CHI, VAN, PIT, EDM, NYR, ARI and CBJ).
The Blue Jackets have signed Markus Hannikainen to a one-year contract extension.
Hannikainen spent the entire season with the Blue Jackets, where he recorded seven points (4G / 3A) in 44 games. Hannikainen will likely continue to serve as a fourth-line/reserve forward for the Blue Jackets in 2019-20.
The Blue Jackets have signed Jakob Lilja to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Lilja is an undrafted free agent who has been in the Swedish Elite League since the 2015-16 season. This past season he led Djurgardens IF with 37 points (12G / 25A) in 52 games.
The Blue Jackets have signed Veini Vehvilainen to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Vehvilainen was selected in the sixth-round (No.173 overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft and went 25-8-5 with a 1.58 GAA and .930 SV% in 38 games with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League. Vehvilainen was named the league’s top goaltender award, won the league championship and was a part of the World Championship Finnish team.
The Blue Jackets signed Elvis Merzlikins to a one-year, one-way contract.
Merzlikins, 25, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third-round back in 2014 but remained with Lugano in Switzerland, where he had a 2.44 GAA and .921 SV% in 43 games this season. Merzlikins represented Latvia at the World Championship, where he had a 2.78 GAA and .914 SV% in five games.
The Blue Jackets signed Emil Bemstrom to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Bemstrom, 19, was a fourth-round pick (No.117 overall) in 2017 and finished the 2019 season with 35 points (23G / 12A) in 47 games with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Elite League.
Clendening is expected to be healthy scratch in Game 6.
The Blue Jackets went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Game 5 but it looks like they will go back to the traditional 12F, 6D, with Alexandre Texier will replace Adam Clendening in Game 6.
Wennberg is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 6.
Wennberg has appeared in four games in the second round but has averaged just 10:30 TOI and is expected to be replaced by Markus Hannikainen (undisclosed) on the fourth line in Game 6.
Texier is expected to be back in the Blue Jackets lineup for Game 6.
Texier was a healthy scratch in Game 5 but is expected to replace Adam Clendening in Game 6. The Blue Jackets will go back to 12 forwards and six defensemen with Texier skating on the fourth line with Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen. The 19-year-old has two goals on eight shots with one assist in seven games this postseason.
Hannikainen (undisclosed) is expected to draw into the Blue Jackets lineup for Game 6.
Hannikainen is expected to make his 2019 playoffs debut and skate in his first game since March 24th. Hannikainen, who is expected to replace Alexander Wennberg on the fourth line, had four goals and three assists (seven points) in 44 games this season.