Blue Jackets Sign Nick Foligno To 6-year Extension – Yahoo Sports

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We love it here. 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

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

(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. Due to his strong season, it was unlikely he return next year to juniors next season as an overage player. It is anticipated that he’ll begin his professional career next season with the Blue Jackets organization. Cormier, a 1997-born goalie, has a 2.50 goals against average and .882 save percentage with a 3-2-1-0 record and two shutouts in eight games this season for the Battalion. source: http://www.mlive.com/spirit/index.ssf/2015/01/saginaw_spirit_trade_captain_a.html

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

Martin Hanzal did the rest. Sam Gagner scored twice, Hanzal had a goal and three assists and Arizona rode a rare big night on the power play to a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. 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. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/arizona-coyotes-hammer-columbus-blue-jackets-010315

Arizona Coyotes hammer Columbus Blue Jackets | FOX Sports

Colorado looks to win a third straight game Sunday night against a Columbus Blue Jackets squad coming off a rough start to a four-game road trip. The Avalanche (15-15-8) had 52 points heading into 2014 on their way to winning the Central last season, but they had 16 fewer heading into this month and have been one of the NHL’s biggest disappointments while sitting last in the division. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blue-jackets-avalanche-preview-054411773–nhl.html

NHL Three Stars: Jagr, Oshie tally tricks; Hanzal’s 4-point night | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

“Mentally I felt I was ready to get back in there.” Fedor Tyutin scored his first goal in 60 games, and James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who struggled in their defensive zone at the beginning of a four-game trip. “You hate to do that to our goalie,” winger Matt Calvert said. “We gave up a lot of chances.” Columbus coach Todd Richards added that the flat performance “surprised me.” The Coyotes kicked off a six-game homestand by also getting goals from Tobias Rieder and Kyle Chipchura amid new optimism. Coyotes players received a fist bump from new majority owner Andrew Barroway as they took the ice. Then Barrow and his son, Jake, performed the ceremonial puck drop. Barrow, a Philadelphia hedge fund manager, completed his purchase of 51 percent of the money-losing team Wednesday. In a Friday press conference, Barroway indicated there would be a strong focus on beefing up the scouting department and took a long view of getting the team back into contention. After the Coyotes fell behind 2-1, Hanzal’s gritty work setting screens and clogging the cease turned the game around. “It’s a hard job, but you’ve got to hang in there,” Tippett said. “If you’re picked to do that job, you’ve got to do it. That’s what we needed to have. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2015/01/gagner_hanzal_lifts_coyotes_past_blue_jackets_6_3

Blue Jackets-Avalanche Preview – Yahoo Sports

1 Star: Jaromir Jagr , New Jersey Devils The 42-year old Jagr became the oldest player in NHL history to record a hat trick as the Devils downed the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2. It was Jagrs 15th hat trick of his career and the feat moved him to within three goals of Phil Esposito for fifth (714) on the NHLs all-time goal scoring list. Jagrs linemates also had a good night, with Scott Gomez recording a goal and two assists and Adam Henrique chipping in a pair of helpers. No. 2 Star: T.J. Oshie , St. Louis Blues Oshie was one of three Blues to record four points as St. Louis put the hurt on the San Jose Sharks 7-2. Oshie recorded his second career hat trick, while Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Steen each posted a goal and three assists. No. 3 Star: Martin Hanzal , Arizona Coyotes After falling behind 2-1 early in the second period, the Coyotes grabbed hold of the game with five straight goals en route to a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets . With new majority owner Andrew Barroway in attendance, Hanzal recorded four points, while Sam Gagner potted a pair and assisted on another. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–jagr–oshie-tally-tricks–hanzal-s-4-point-night-062359817.html

 

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