Tag: Columbus Blue Jackets

Vladimir Tarasenko

Blues won’t extend Tarasenko ’til after season


St. Louis tried to get started on a new contract for Vladimir Tarasenko earlier this season, but is now resigned to the fact it’ll have to wait until the year is over.

That’s per Sportsnet, who on Wednesday reported that Blues GM Doug Armstrong said there’ll be no Tarasenko extension until after the season. What’s more, Sportsnet also reported the Blues are unlikely to give the pending RFA a “bridge deal” — a shorter-term contract (often two-year) that would bring him to unrestricted free agency.

So, time to start speculating!

The 22-year-old Russian is in the midst of a breakout campaign, having already eclipsed his career-high in goals (24 thus far) while emerging as a point-a-game scorer. He’s also heading to his first All-Star Game in Columbus this weekend.

The 16th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, it’s conceivable Tarasenko could get a contract similar to what fellow draft mates Taylor Hall got from Edmonton (seven years, $42 million) or Jeff Skinner got from Carolina (six years, $34.35 million). The rub there, of course, is that both those deals were signed shortly before the old collective bargaining agreement expired; under the new CBA, we’ve seen more bridge deals given to RFAs, including a contentious one hammered out between Columbus and the fourth overall pick in Tarasenko’s draft year — Ryan Johansen.

It’s also worth noting that St. Louis doesn’t have a ton of money being freed up at the end of the season. Barret Jackman and his $3.25M cap hit are done, but the Blues have to also re-up with another key RFA: Jake Allen, the club’s goalie of the future.

Sens looking to move Colin Greening

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Colin Greening is expected to be a healthy scratch for a fifth straight game tonight when the Ottawa Senators visit the New York Rangers.

Greening has not played since a 5-2 Ottawa loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 8 and has been a healthy scratch 21 times this season entering tonight’s game.

With Chris Neil returning after missing 16 games with a knee injury, Sens’ GM Bryan Murray doesn’t see Greening getting into the lineup anytime soon.

As a result, Murray is working the phones looking for a new home for Greening.

“I just basically told him that I had talked with a number of GMs. I tried to encourage them to give him an opportunity through a trade or whatever vehicle it may be. At this point, there’s nothing for him,” Murray told TSN 1200 in Ottawa on Monday. “I just told him eventually here, if we don’t get something done, he’s got to play hockey. You can’t play hockey as the 23rd, 24th guy on the roster here so I may have to put him on waivers here at some point in time.”

Greening has one goal and minus-3 rating to go along with 27 penalty minutes in 20 games this season.

The 28-year-old is in the second year of a three-year $7.95 million deal and will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.

Greening has not played in the American Hockey League since appearing in 59 games with the Binghamton Senators during the 2010-11 season.

“He happens to be the guy not in the lineup and is not going to be, it looks like, in the next few games at least,” said Murray. “He’s a young guy with a chance to play can contribute to a team in the National Hockey League. He’s a big guy, he skates pretty well. He just doesn’t fit right now with our group at this moment anyway. Two injuries from now, he could be the most important guy going.”

Murray cited the play of Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who has a goal and two assists in 14 games this season, and the emergence of rookie Curtis Lazar as reasons Greening has struggled to find playing time this season.

Murray has spoken to Greening’s agent about finding a trade for the forward, but if a deal can’t be found, Greening is expected to be placed on waivers following the all star break.

Philly’s Couturier-Read-Umberger line had a tough day today

Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, John Tavares, R.J. Umberger

The Philadelphia Flyers lost again this afternoon, falling 7-4 on the road to the New York Islanders.

Based on the box score, the line of Sean Couturier between wingers Matt Read and R.J. Umberger had a particularly tough outing. Couturier and Read each finished minus-5; Umberger was minus-4.

Now, granted, plus-minus is an extremely flawed stat; however, when a trio is that deep in the red, it’s going to be a topic of conversation. (And that it was on Twitter.) The line also had poor Corsi numbers, and in the non-statistical department, left coach Craig Berube questioning their effort level.

So far this season, Couturier has played around 80 percent of his five-on-five minutes with Read and just over half of them with Umberger, who of course was traded to Philly for Scott Hartnell in June.

There’s an argument to be made that Umberger, 32, has dragged Couturier, 22, and Read, 28, down. Last season, Couturier played mostly with Read, but also spent a good deal of time with Steve Downie, now with Pittsburgh.

Both Couturier and Read had better possession numbers last season.

Anyway, feel free to chime in, Flyers fans. Do Couturier and Read need to be freed from Umberger, or do they just need to play better?

Goalie nods: Wild give Dubnyk third straight start

Minnesota Wild v Buffalo Sabres

All the latest from the blue paint…

Dubnyk looks to stay perfect

The Minnesota Wild will stick with Devan Dubnyk when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Xcel.

Dubnyk, who won his first two stars for the Wild since coming over in a trade from Arizona, began his time in Minnesota by shutting out Buffalo, then stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 win over his old Coyotes teammates Saturday.

With that win, Dubnyk continued what’s been a stellar bounce-back season and now sits at 11-5-2 on the year, with a 2.49 GAA and .921 save percentage.

For Columbus, Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal.


‘Canes at Leafs: Anton Khudobin vs. Jonathan Bernier

Canucks at Panthers: Ryan Miller likely for Vancouver, Roberto Luongo likely for Florida.

Avs at Blues: Semyon Varlamov vs. Brian Elliott

Flames at Kings: Joni Ortio for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

Devils at Sharks: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Alex Stalock likely for San Jose.

Report: Bruins’ Soderberg won’t face discipline for hit on Blue Jackets’ Calvert

Matt Calvert, Dennis Seidenberg

Boston Bruins forward Carl Soderberg won’t face a fine or suspension for his check on Matt Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports.

The hit occurred during the second period of the Blue Jackets’ eventual 3-1 win against the Bruins on Saturday:

The check didn’t draw a penalty, yet Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards wasn’t happy about it, deeming the blow a “shot right to the head.”

Calvert (pictured) bounced back from that hit to score the game-winner and an empty-net goal in the third period. Here’s a video of the clincher:

Calvert, 25, has dealt with some injury issues this season (basically fitting in with the rest of the Blue Jackets), so we’ll keep an eye out to see if anything lingers from the hit.