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Blue Jackets sign Nick Foligno to 6-year extension – Yahoo Sports

Colorado has scored two goals or fewer in three of its last four, including Friday when it held on to beat Edmonton 2-1 in a shootout. ”It’s great to start the new year with a big win,” said forward Matt Duchene , who assisted on Daniel Briere ‘s goal then scored in the shootout. ”We want to roll through January here.” Roy wasn’t as giddy about the victory. The Avalanche were outshot 12-3 in the third period as Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves through regulation and OT, and they have gone 1 for 10 on the power play over the last four after failing on both attempts Saturday. “We had some good opportunities we missed and I just feel we are a little too tight around the net and need to relax,” Roy said. “It’s sad in some ways we’re not as confident as we should be around the net. You’re up by one goal when you should be up by two or three.” Captain Gabriel Landeskog has scored at least 22 goals in each of his two seasons not shortened by a lockout, but he has only seven this season and hasn’t scored since Nov. 29 – a stretch of 14 games. “It will go in eventually,” Roy said. Goals could be easier to come by against Columbus (16-17-3), which fell 6-3 to Arizona on Saturday to mark the third time in six games it has allowed at least five. Defenseman Fedor Tyutin ended a 60-game goal drought while James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who went 10-1-1 in December. They held a 2-1 lead less than five minutes into the second period after Tyutin and Wisniewski’s goals before giving up the next five. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blue-jackets-avalanche-preview-054411773–nhl.html

Saginaw Spirit trade captain and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Nick Moutrey to North Bay | MLive.com

This is where I want to win, where I want to be. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and I want to see it through.” Foligno had one of the most memorable goals in the franchise’s first 13 seasons when he scored in overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of a first-round series last spring. The Penguins ended up winning in six games, but the Blue Jackets climbed back from a poor start to make the playoffs while setting team records for wins (43) and points (93) and earning their first two playoff victories. The deal was announced just before Wednesday’s game. Pat Morris, Foligno’s agent, confirmed the terms via an email to The Associated Press. ”We want players who want to be Blue Jackets,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. ”I had a conversation with (Foligno) this morning before we agreed and he told me he wants to stay here. He wants to win with us. He wants to continue building the team we’re trying to build and make it a winner in the National Hockey League.” View gallery Minnesota Wild’s Justin Fontaine, right, carries the puck up ice as Columbus Blue Jackets’ N Kekalainen said it was important for the team to sign Foligno, who could have become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, because of the intangibles he brings along with his scoring ability. ”It’s the way he plays,” he said. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blue-jackets-sign-nick-foligno-6-extension-234612360–nhl.html

Gagner, Hanzal lifts Coyotes past Blue Jackets, 6-3 | Boston Herald

Foligno will earn $5.5 million per year over the six years of the extension, a source told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun. “Nick has been an important contributor to the growth of our team over the past two years and keeping him in the Blue Jackets family has been a priority,” said general manager Jarmo Kekalainen in a statement. “The fact that we were able to get this deal done is a testament to Nick’s commitment to our team and this community and we couldn’t be more excited that he will be a Blue Jacket for many years to come.” The 27-year-old Foligno has 17 goals and 14 assists in 33 games this season. He is tied for sixth in the NHL in goals, tied for 23rd in points, tied for first in power-play goals (9) and tied for second in power-play points (17). Kekalainen said it was important for the team to sign Foligno, who could have become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, because of the intangibles he brings along with his scoring ability. ”It’s the way he plays,” Kekalainen said. ”He sticks up for his teammates, he battles, he blocks shots, he plays through injuries and he’s a heart-and-soul guy on our team.” The deal was announced just before the start of the Wednesday night’s home game against the Minnesota Wild — Foligno’s 500th career NHL game. “This is where I wanted to be,” Foligno said after the Blue Jackets’ 3-1 win , in which he tallied an assist. “I talked to my wife. We love it here. This is where I want to win, where I want to be. source: http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/12104928/columbus-blue-jackets-sign-nick-foligno-six-year-extension

The Coyotes won for the fourth time in five games, scoring three power-play goals after managing only 10 in their first 19 home games. The difference was Hanzal, whose work in front of the net set up power-play goals for Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Gagner before he knocked in his own rebound in a 12-minute span that put Arizona ahead 4-2 entering the third period. By the time the Coyotes were finished, Bobrovsky was pulled after allowing six goals on 31 shots. He was the NHL’s third star of December after helping Columbus go 10-1-1 to reach .500. “We looked at some stuff from games last year we played against them and we had some success with some traffic around there,” Tippett said. “When a goalie’s playing really well, you have to find ways to get people in front of him, great rebounds and second chances. “I thought we did a good job of that, especially on our power play.” It allowed Mike Smith to win his first game since Dec. 1. The struggling goalie stopped 23 shots. “I felt good. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2015/01/gagner_hanzal_lifts_coyotes_past_blue_jackets_6_3

Columbus Blue Jackets sign Nick Foligno to six-year extension – ESPN

105 overall and finishes his Spirit career with 48 goals and 85 assists and a plus-11 rating in 235 games. (File | MLive.com) View/Post Comments SAGINAW, MI Saginaw Spirit captain Nick Moutrey has been traded to the North Bay Battalion on Sunday, Jan. 4 the team has announced. In exchange, North Bay sends Evan Cormier, three second round picks, a third round pick and two fourth round picks to the Spirit. Moutrey, 19, was a first round pick by Saginaw in the 2011 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. He was in the midst of a career year with the Spirit with 15 goals and 25 assists and a plus-8 rating in 36 games. Moutrey was named Saginaw’s captain on Nov. 17. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, No. 105 overall and finishes his Spirit career with 48 goals and 85 assists and a plus-11 rating in 235 games. source: http://www.mlive.com/spirit/index.ssf/2015/01/saginaw_spirit_trade_captain_a.html

 

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