Columbus Blue Jackets News

The Blue Jackets have signed Mikko Koivu to a one-year deal worth $1.5M.

Koivu comes in to replace Alexander Wennberg, who was bought-out, and will serve as the Blue Jackets' third-line centre. The veteran centre has had a tough time staying healthy over the last two seasons, missing 48 (31.8%) of the 151 games. Even in a decreased role, he's averaged 10 goals and 30 assists (per 82 games) over those two seasons and is a perfect fit as a third-line centre because he could move to the second line in a pinch.

Source: Pierre LeBrun 10/16/20, 9:46 am EST

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The Blue Jackets have signed Gavin Bayreuther to a one-year, two-way contract.

Bayreuther spent all of the 2020 season with Texas (AHL), where he led all of their defensemen with 29 points (6G / 23A) in 59 games. He had a 19-game stint with Stars in 2019, picking up two goals and three assists. He's a solid puck-moving defenseman with decent offensive upside who will be somewhere around the No.8 D-man in the Blue Jackets' system.

Source: Columbus Blue Jackets 10/10/20, 10:10 am EST

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The Blue Jackets re-signed Matiss Kivlenieks to a two-year contract extension worth $1.45 million ($725K AAV).

Entering Friday, Kivlenieks sits firmly as the No.3 goalie in the Blue Jackets' system but rumours of a potential deal for Elvis Merzlikins or Joonas Korpisalo have been floating around, so that could change. If it doesn't Kivlenieks will return to the AHL to start the 2020-21 season, where he was 9-8-3 with a 2.96 GAA and .904 SV% in 20 games last season.

Source: PuckPedia 10/9/20, 9:46 am EST

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The Blue Jackets have acquired Cliff Pu from the Panthers for Markus Nutivaara.

Pu was originally drafted in the third-round back in 2016 and has been traded three times since. Pu split his 2020 season between the AHL and ECHL, posting just two assists in 10 AHL games. Once again, this is more of a cap-dump for the Blue Jackets, who appear to be clearing space to re-sign Pierre-Luc Dubois and make a splash in free agency on Friday.

Source: @BlueJacketsNHL 10/9/20, 9:37 am EST

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The Blue Jackets have signed Max Domi to a two-year deal worth $10.6 million ($5.3M AAV).

The Blue Jackets acquired Domi from the Canadiens on Tuesday and signed him to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Domi immediately becomes the Blue Jackets' second line centre and will likely play with Gustav Nyquist and Cam Atkinson and will see PP2 time. Through the first five years of his career, Domi has averaged 18 goals and 37 assists (55 points) per 82-games.

Source: Darren Dreger 10/7/20, 7:09 pm EST

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The Blue Jackets have acquired Max Domi and a 2020 third-round pick (No.78 overall) from the Canadiens for Josh Anderson.

Domi is coming off of a bit of a down year, scoring just 17 goals with 27 assists (44 points) in 71 games. That's down from his 28 goals and 44 assists in his debut season with Montreal but still would have been second on the Blue Jackets in points in 2020. Domi is exactly the type of player the Blue Jackets were in need of and pushes Boone Jenner to a third-line centre role, which is a much better fit for him. The acquisition of Domi, who will likely skate on a line with Gustav Nyquist and Cam Atkinson, signals that the Blue Jackets are likely done with Alexander Wennberg.

Source: PuckPedia 10/7/20, 10:17 am EST

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The Blue Jackets have signed Kole Sherwood to a one-year, two-way ($735K/70K) contract extension.

Sherwood spent most of 2020 in the AHL, where he had 10 goals and three assists (13 points) in 43 games with Cleveland. He played in three games with Columbus but still has no points in five career NHL games. With so many players already under contract for 2021, Sherwood will likely start in the AHL.

Source: Columbus Blue Jackets 10/5/20, 12:15 pm EST

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