Dropping their first seven games of this season led a coaching change for the Columbus Blue Jackets, replacing Todd Richards with John Tortorella. In their 11 games under Tortorella, the Jackets have a 6-5-0 record entering their Nov. 17 game against the St. Louis Blues.
Unfortunately, they’re mired at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division with a lot of ground to gain if they hope to reach a playoff berth. While time remains on their side, GM Jarmo Kekalainen is still trying to find a trade to bolster the Jackets’ defense.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without the services of forward Brandon Dubinsky for 2-3 weeks the club announced.
Dubinsky was a late scratch prior to the Blue Jackets game on Friday night in Pittsburgh with an upper body injury and missed his second game with the injury on Saturday.
According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, the 29-year-old previously suffered an elbow injury, which required stitches. It became infected on Friday.
With Brandon Dubinsky questionable due to an upper body injury, the Columbus Blue Jackets recalled Kerby Rychel from the Lake Erie Monsters on an emergency basis on Saturday.
Rychel is currently the Monsters’ leading scorer with 11 points in 10 games.
Dubinsky was a late scratch from Friday night’s 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Buffalo Sabres netminder Chad Johnson kicked off Tuesday’s action with a miraculous glove stop on Nikita Kucherov, but Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom did him one better.
In the third period of Tuesday’s game between the Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets, and with the score deadlocked at two, Markstrom made a terrible mistake playing the puck. With the Blue Jackets entering the zone, Markstrom threw the puck across the ice and into traffic, where it landed right on the stick of Columbus’ Nick Foligno. In an instant, the puck was off Foligno’s stick and hurtling towards the net when Markstrom dove back with his paddle and turned the puck aside: Read more
A month into this new NHL season, the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, and Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves mired near the bottom of the league’s overall standings. While it’s rumored they’re shopping around for help, they’ve yet to find trade partners willing to assist them.
In an interview with USA Today, TSN insider Bob McKenzie reported Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray was trying to make a deal, but he’s unwilling to do anything rash. He also believed the Blue Jackets are still in the market for a defenseman. Earlier in the week, McKenzie named the Avalanche among several teams with interest in demoted Edmonton Oilers blueliner Nikita Nikitin.
As the losses continue to mount for the Calgary Flames (2-7-0 in nine games entering Wednesday’s contest against the Ottawa Senators), there’s growing media chatter claiming management is shopping around for help.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun is the latest to dismiss talk of the Flames looking into the availability of Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos, citing sources from both clubs denying the rumor. He believes Flames GM Brad Treliving is working the phones and could draw upon his blueline depth for trade bait. However, LeBrun feels Treliving won’t make a panic move.
Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was hospitalized during the off-season with an accelerated heart rate, but GM Jarmo Kekalainen has said it’s unrelated to Johansen’s current illness.
According to The Columbus Dispatch’s Shawn Mitchell and Aaron Portzline, Johansen, 23, was sent to hospital in the summer following a heart-rate issue, which was cause for the Blue Jackets to bring him to Columbus to be examined.
Kekalainen confirmed the report by Mitchell and Portzline, but said team doctors, “found no issues” with Johansen’s heart. Kekalainen also added that Johansen’s present ailment, which saw him sent home from the team’s road trip to Colorado, is not connected to the heart-rate problems. Read more
The rebuilding Calgary Flames confounded the experts in 2014-15, reaching the playoffs and advancing to the second round. Expectations were high entering this season, but a 2-6-0 start has GM Brad Treliving reportedly seeking help for his flickering Flames.
Sportsnet’s Mark Spector stirred up the rumor mill last week claiming Treliving sought a major deal, suggesting the Flames GM had interest in Tampa Bay Lightning star (and pending free agent) Steven Stamkos. TSN’s Bob McKenzie doesn’t doubt Treliving contacted Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, but doesn’t believe they spoke about Stamkos.