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TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Werenski cleared for 'controlled contact'

Defenseman tests shoulder in light 'battle drills; Panarin practices but won't play; Bobrovsky making trip to St. Louis.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider /

The shoulder harness was already history and now the red practice jersey is too.

After shedding the harness that he wore most of last season, after surgery May 3 to repair the labrum and rotator cuff in his left shoulder, Zach Werenski has now jettisoned his "no contact" jersey in practice.

Werenski's doctor visit went well Thursday, he gained clearance for "controlled contact" - meaning a gray jersey instead of red - and he even began taking light contact during 1-on-1 battle drills.

"I didn't scrimmage with the guys, but I did some stuff on the other sheet," said Werenski, who battled for pucks against forward Nathan Gerbe and then joined his group for a post-scrimmage practice on the main rink. "I'm going to start doing it after practice. I'll grab a guy or a coach and just work on [taking contact] and then hopefully Monday get back with the team and start doing more contact. My goal is still to play on Friday [Sept. 28] against Pittsburgh in the preseason."

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Jones listed as The Hockey News' top Norris Trophy candidate for 2018-19

Defenseman scored 16 goals and added 41 assists, both career highs, during 2017-18 season

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The expectations for Seth Jones were clear entering the 2017-18 season: lead the CBJ defensive core with outstanding play and off-ice leadership. He did just that, setting career highs in goals, assists and points, being selected to his first All-Star Game, receiving four votes towards the Norris Trophy, being awarded with an "A" on his jersey mid-season, and tying for the franchise record in scoring by a defenseman.

If Jones continues on the same track, not only will Jones have a shot at another All-Star selection, but a legitimate argument for the Norris Trophy.

The Hockey News recently listed Jones as its top candidate for the NHL's best defenseman honors. 

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TRAINING CAMP UPDATE: Werenski hoping to be cleared for contact soon

Defenseman to meet with doctor Thursday; says recovery from shoulder surgery is going well.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider /

It's no longer hanging in his locker stall as a constant reminder of the frustration Zach Werenski endured last season.

The constricting shoulder harness Werenski wore for all but 12 games in 2017-18, black with an adjustable strap, is now kept in a different part of the Blue Jackets' locker room. It's out of sight now, but still in the back of Werenski's mind.

"It sat in my stall this whole offseason and every time I'd come to the rink I saw it," said Werenski, who's nearly five months out from surgery May 3 to repair the labrum and rotator cuff in his left shoulder. "It kind of gave me motivation to not put it back on again. I haven't seen it since training camp started. I don't know where it is. I'm sure they probably threw it out or something and I hope I never see it again."

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Columbus Blue Jackets announce first roster moves of training camp

Jackets trim training camp roster by three players

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets trimmed their training camp roster by three players, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

The Blue Jackets returned forward Trey Fix-Wolansky, the club's seventh round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, to the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings and released forward Egor Sokolov and defenseman Jordan Sambrook from tryout contracts. There are currently 58 players in camp - 34 forwards, 18 defensemen and six goaltenders.

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Full 60: Blue Jackets Down Blackhawks in the Preseason

First CBJ Goal for Liam Foudy

by Peter Fish @BlueJacketsNHL /

Matchup: Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets

Time: 7:00 p.m. EST

Location: Nationwide Arena

CBJ Starting lineup -- Forwards: Jenner-Foudy-Anderson Defense: Carlsson-Jones Goaltenders: Berube

BUF Starting lineup -- Forwards: Ejdsell-Anisimov-Sikura Defense: Jokiharju-Dahlstrom Goaltenders: Ward

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RECAP: Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 1

Wennberg feeling good about two-point game; Foudy tallies first NHL preseason goal in win over Chicago.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider /

Yes, the Blue Jackets had more NHL players than the Chicago Blackhawkswho left their superstars at home.

Yes, the Jackets' 4-1 victory Tuesday at Nationwide Arena was just a preseason game. Yes, enthusiasm based off the result should be tempered based on those two factors. That's all true.

However, their play overall - and particularly that of center Alexander Wennberg - should at least be jotted down and noted for future reference. It was an impressive two-point night for a guy looking to bounce back from a disappointing year.

"Even though it's the preseason, it's a great way to prepare for the season," said Wennberg, who scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play late in the first period. "It doesn't matter who you play against. I mean, it's always hockey played out there and there's good players on the other team. So, for us to go out there - and for me, as well - to get back this year and start talking about being better … it's a good thing for me."

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PRESEASON GAME 2: Foudy ready for another memorable experience in debut

Jackets' first-round pick will center second line, play with NHL wingers; Werenski hoping for preseason return.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider /

Liam Foudy has done a lot of cool stuff since the Blue Jackets selected him 18th overall at the 2018 NHL Draft this summer in Dallas.

Since then, he's taken part in his first NHL development camp, played for Canada at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase in Kamloops, B.C., helped the Jackets win the 2018 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament and then got his first taste of NHL training camp in Columbus.

Next up is playing his first preseason game for the Blue Jackets, who will start him out at second-line center against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Go,, 1460 ESPN Radio).

"I think I've had a long, good summer with a lot of playing, and I think going to [Traverse City] helped me get ready for this - playing some game action, [with] speed, and I think I'll be ready for today," Foudy said. "I'm definitely going to try and use my speed as much as I can. That's my No. 1 asset, so I'm going to go out there and try to skate as much as possible and use my speed."

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RECAP: Blue Jackets 1, Sabres 4

Blue Jackets fall to Sabres in first preseason game of 2018-19 campaign

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider /

After four days of intense conditioning to start training camp, the Blue Jackets didn't expect to be refreshed Monday night at Nationwide Arena.

In fact, in the third camp directed by coach John Tortorella, they now expect to feel the exact opposite of refreshed in their first couple preseason games.

"It takes a while," said center Pierre-Luc Dubois, who finished with an assist on the lone Columbus goal in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres to start the preseason. "These games are kind of frustrating because you have no energy and you know it, but at the same time you don't like losing and you don't like not playing well. So, it's just getting through this first four or five days of camp."

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PRESEASON GAME 1: Jackets looking to overcome Sabres, camp fatigue

Vigneault, Abramov among Columbus prospects looking to shine; Sabres leave Dahlin in Buffalo.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider /

They've run, or biked, as fast as possible for two miles or 12 minutes.

They've scrimmaged for two days straight, finishing with a series of lung-burning, leg-weakening conditioning laps that probably felt endless. Now, it's time for the Blue Jackets to play some actual hockey against somebody other than themselves.

Columbus starts its preseason this week with a set of back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday at Nationwide Arena, first against the Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., Fox Sports Go,, 1460 ESPN Radio) and then hosting the Chicago Blackhawks the following night.

"I'm a little concerned about these two games for us, because they have skated and skated, and it's been really hard for them," said coach John Tortorella, whose demanding training camps are now well-known across the NHL. "You've got to be really careful, as far as how you evaluate [these guys], because I think we're going to have some tired players out there tonight - but I'm looking at the guys I just don't know a lot about, that I have not seen. I've heard about [them], but I have not seen [them] play, so I just act according that way."

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Former Blue Jackets Jared Boll, Fedor Tyutin join hockey operations staff

Boll named assistant development coach, while Tyutin joins club's scouting staff

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Former Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has joined the National Hockey League club as an assistant development coach and former defenseman Fedor Tyutin will serve as a member of the club's scouting staff, General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

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