The Ryan Johansen saga is over

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on a team on the rise but within a few weeks looked like a team that would be heading into the season suddenly trending down. They were involved in a nasty contract negotiation with star center Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner will start the season on the shelf with a broken

Inside the Metro: Blue Jackets surging; Here comes the Isles; Stock up, Stock Down

INSIDE THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION 1. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS, 70 POINTS 2. NEW YORK RANGERS, 57 POINTS 3. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, 56 POINTS 4. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS, 54 POINTS 5. NEW JERSEY DEVILS, 53 POINTS 6. WASHINGTON CAPITALS, 52 POINTS 7. CAROLINA HURRICANES, 49 POINTS 8. NEW YORK ISLANDERS, 49 POINTS BLUE JACKETS SURGING The Columbus Blue Jackets

Penguins @ Blue Jackets Preseason Opener: Players to Watch

PENGUINS AT BLUEJACKETS, 6:00 P.M. TV: ROOT SPORTS PROJECTED LINEUP Beau Bennett – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal Tanner Glass – Dustin Jeffrey – Chuck Kobasew Letourneau-Leblond – Joe Vitale – Bobby Farnham Tom Kuhnhackl – Andrew Ebbett – Adam Payerl DEFENSEMEN Rob Scuderi – Matt Niskanen Brian Dumoulin – Scott Harrington Philip Samuelsson –

Trade Deadline: Flyers land Steve Mason; Conacher traded to Ottawa

GOALTENDERS ON THE MOVE *The most interesting deal this afternoon so far was the Tampa Bay Lightning trading young promising forward Cory Conacher to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop. This is an excellent deal for the Senators who had the luxury of moving Bishop due to their goaltending depth. Trading Conacher could come

Blue Jackets GM calls Jack Johnson to Pittsburgh rumors “silly”

Take it for what it’s worth but Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is shooting down rumors of the Penguins and Blue Jackets being involved in any trade talks about Jack Johnson. “It’s silly,” Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus-Dispatch on rumors of a Jack Johnson trade to Pittsburgh. “I don’t usually respond to this

CBJ fire GM Scott Howson

The Columbus Blue Jackets have relieved GM Scott Howson of his duties, the team announced. “Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years,” said Davidson in a released statement. “This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the

Trade Analysis: Coyotes trade for CBJ Antoine Vermette

Coyotes add Vermette The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets, in exchange for a 2012 2nd round pick, 2013 5th round pick and goaltender Curtis McElhinney, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. The Coyotes (30-21-9, 69 pts) who are surging in the standings with an 8-1-1 record in

Latest Trade Deadline Buzz on Ruutu, Garrison/Rangers, Nash & more

Latest NHL Rumblings Will Ruutu be back on the block?: In the next 24-48 hours, GM’s around the league will know whether the Carolina Hurricanes intend to deal forward Tuomo Ruutu. Sources say the Hurricanes have a four year offer on the table, believed to be in the $15-$18 million range. Ruutu has been seeking