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Saad, Jackets working on an extension ‘as we speak’


The Columbus Blue Jackets are wasting little time trying to get newly acquired forward Brandon Saad inked to a new deal.

Jackets’ GM Jarmo Kekalainen told reporters on a conference call that they were working on an extension with Saad “as we speak”.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Saad’s agent Lewis Gross hopes to have a long-term extension signed tonight.

Saad’s three-year, $2.8 million entry-level deal expires tomorrow making him a restricted free agent.

Kekalainen also told reporters that an offer sheet on Saad prior to the trade was “not in our plans”.

Saad scored career-high 23 goals and 52 points in 82 regular season games with the Blackhawks. He added 11 points in 23 playoff games winning his second Stanley Cup.

As for where Saad fits in amongst the Jackets’ forward group, Kekalainen feels he’s a “very good candidate” to play on Ryan Johansen’s line next season.

According to Generalfanager.com, the Blue Jackets currently have $13.4 million in cap space to work with heading into free agency.

Related: Bowman on negotiations with Saad: ‘I don’t think we ever came close’

Deadline approaching for Jackets to sign prospect Peter Quenneville

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have already lost prospect goaltender Oscar Dansk who decided to sign in the Swedish Hockey League earlier this week.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Jackets are now in danger of losing Peter Quenneville.

GM Jarmo Kekalainen tells Portzline the Jackets are still uncertain about signing the forward.

If Quenneville isn’t signed by June 1, he is eligible to go back into this year’s draft.

The 21-year-old has spent parts of two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League after leaving Quinnipiac University during the 2013-14 season. He had 27 goals and 75 points in 72 games this season.

Quenneville, who is the second cousin of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and nephew of Islanders’ defenseman Johnny Boychuk by marriage, was the seventh round selection of the Jackets (195th overall) in 2013.

Erixon to make his Blackhawks debut vs. Calgary

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Newly acquired defenseman Tim Erixon will make his Blackhawks debut tonight as Chicago plays host to the Calgary Flames.

Erixon was acquired Sunday morning from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jeremy Morin.

Erixon said he was woken up by Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, who broke the news he had been dealt.

“I just got a phone call in the morning, woke me up. Just tried to pack up as quick as possible and get to the airport,” said Erixon. “Of course your’e surprised, I just woke up. I wasn’t really aware what was going on.”

Though he was surprised to be dealt, he knew a move was coming.

“I knew something was going to happen. We (had) nine, 10 (defensemen) there so something was going to happen,” he said. “I didn’t know if it was going to be me or who it was going to be, but I knew… I figured something had to happen.”

According to the Blackhawks, Erixon will be partnered on the left side with Michal Rozsival tonight.

The 23-year-old had a goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus this season.

Originally a first-round pick (23rd overall) of the Calgary Flames in 2009, Erixon has appeared in 70 career NHL games with the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets where he has one goal and 13 points.

In a corresponding move, Chicago returned defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Dahlbeck appeared in four games for the Blackhawks registering his first career NHL goal Thursday night against the Boston Bruins.

Report: Perron could be headed to Columbus


On Sunday afternoon it was reported Oilers forward David Perron’s name has surfaced in trade talk.

It appears the Oilers may have found a taker.

TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers have had discussions on a trade, which would see Perron head to Ohio in exchange for center Artem Anisimov.

As Ward points out, both John Davidson and Jarmo Kekelainen were with the St. Louis organization when the Blues selected Perron.

Perron, 26, was the Blues’ first-round pick (26th overall) in 2007. He has 30 goals and 67 points in 99 games since joining the Oilers in a July 2013 trade, which saw Edmonton send Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round pick to St. Louis.

Anisimov, 26, was the Rangers second-round pick (54th overall) in 2006. The center was dealt by New York to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade during the 2011-12 season. Anisimov has two goals and six points in 14 games this season.

NHL discussing expanded review for goalie interference

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Along with 3-on-3 overtime one item, which will likely find its’ way on to the docket for the March NHL general managers meeting is expanded review for goaltender interference.

It was a hot topic at Tuesday’s meetings in Toronto.

However, all parties involved are looking for a place to draw the line.

“One of the most controversial plays in our game is goaltender interference,” said NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell. “We had a lengthy conversation on goaltender interference. We’ve had examples this year. We’ve been doing it internally.”

“I think with the goaltender interference, if we’re going to expanded review, people expect us to get it right and we want to make sure the process is right.”

On example, which was used while discussing expanded review, occurred during an Oct. 25 game between the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.

“When you’re making decisions on certain things, how far do you take it? Do you take the net being knocked off – is that our call or the official’s call? Hand pass in the crease from player-to-player, that would be our call,” Campbell said. “How much do you want to get right? “

Predators GM David Poile had an interesting suggestion during Tuesday’s discussions.

“I brought up the monitor (in the penalty box for referees), whether that would be a situation, which could be helpful,” said Poile. “It’s never going to be perfect with the game of hockey with the amount of physical contact that we have, but I think we’re working at it at a good pace.

“We’re all for trying to help the war room (in Toronto), to make the best decisions possible, and for them to help the referees make the best decisions possible.”

As Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen pointed out, the most important thing is “to get (the calls) right more than wrong and still not have too many reviews and slow the process too much.”