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CBJ Training Camp notebook: Sept. 23

Palushaj signs PTO; Blue Jackets expect WCH players to join team soon

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer /

The Blue Jackets take the ice for their first official practice on Saturday morning.

At that time, they expect to have coach John Tortorella back on the ice and ready to resume his duties in Columbus following the World Cup of Hockey. They only have one day of practices before playing an exhibition game (two games, actually) against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, so time's of the essence right out of the chute.

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Murray poised to take career to 'next level'

23-year-old defenseman has gained confidence from WCH experience

by Evan Sporer / For

TORONTO - About this time two years ago, Ryan Murray was poised to start his sophomore season in the NHL.

Murray was coming off a strong rookie season, the fifth-best possession player among first-year blue-liners.

"Once you find a groove and some momentum in your own game, and you just kind of get that confidence of playing, you can take that and run with it," Murray said.

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CBJ announce extensions with radio broadcast partners

WBNS-Radio and WWCD-Radio have carried Blue Jackets hockey since inaugural 2000-01 season

by Blue Jackets Staff /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today three-year extensions of its partnerships with Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan (WBNS-Radio) and CD102.5 (WWCD-Radio) through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season. Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan will continue to serve as the flagship station of the club's radio network, carrying live all regular season and playoff games with any conflicted games airing on CD102.5.

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Saad: World Cup will serve me well

23-year-old forward wants to take on an even bigger role in Columbus

by Evan Sporer / For

TORONTO - Brandon Saad is the oldest member of Team North America. If he was born 27 days earlier, he'd have too much gunpowder to be a young gun.

"I'm definitely the old guy here," Saad said.

The elder statesman of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey's youngest principality is also the most decorated, having won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. His 22 teammates have reached the NHL's pinnacle a combined zero times.

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Calvert confident in Blue Jackets' evolution

Veteran forward, now 26, feels team has right mix to compete

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer /

Matt Calvert chuckled when alerted that he is now the longest-tenured Blue Jackets player at the tender age of 26.

He's a veteran guy now, make no mistake about it, but said he and Cam Atkinson have given Scott Hartnell ample grief about being a relative newcomer here despite over 1,100 games in the NHL.

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Fans invited to Saturday's practice at Training Camp

OhioHealth sponsoring t-shirt giveaway to the first 1,000 fans in attendance

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

WHAT: As Blue Jackets training camp gets underway this week, fans are invited to watch the team take the ice at the OhioHealth Ice Haus on Saturday, September 24. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the first practice session begins at 9 a.m. A second session, beginning at 1 p.m., will take place on the main ice at Nationwide Arena. Admission is free.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance for Saturday's practice sessions will receive a long-sleeved Blue Jackets T-shirt courtesy of OhioHealth.

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For Blue Jackets, the youth movement is on

Several top prospects appear ready to make an impact in camp

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

When the Lake Erie Monsters won the Calder Cup last June, several Blue Jackets players (including captain Nick Foligno), were sending their younger teammates congratulations.

Just three short months later, those players will line up against each other at training camp in a competition to make the Jackets roster the best it can be this season.

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Davidson optimistic about Blue Jackets' goaltending

Bobrovsky's form, plus emergence of young goalies creates competition in net

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer /

John Davidson let a wry smile escape when asked about the play of Sergei Bobrovsky at the World Cup of Hockey.

Sure, it's early and yes, a short tournament be a bit of a wild card, but there's no denying the form that the Blue Jackets' No. 1 goaltender appears to be in. Since being named Russia's starting goaltender, he's been arguably their best player, and did his finest work in a win over Sweden this week.

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Blue Jackets announce training camp roster, schedule

Players report for physicals/fitness testing Thursday, take the ice for first time Friday

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / Press Releases

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets begin preparations for their 16th National Hockey League season with the opening of training camp, presented by OhioHealth, on Thursday, September 22. Players will report for physicals at McConnell Spine, Sport and Joint Center beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 22 with fitness testing to follow at Nationwide Arena.

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Jackets take third place with win over Rangers

Dubois, Moutrey, Milano lead offensive charge to cap 3-1-0 weekend

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer /

TRAVERSE CITY - They did not have an opportunity win a third straight title at the NHL Prospects Tournament, but the Blue Jackets made sure they left beautiful northern Michigan feeling good about themselves.

A solid 6-4 victory over the New York Rangers gave them third place in the tournament, capping a 3-1-0 weekend with but one blemish (a Friday night loss to Detroit) on their record.

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