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FINAL: Blackhawks 4, Blue Jackets 3

Columbus takes an early lead behind goals from Del Zotto, Atkinson before Chicago rally

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets lost a 4-3 final to Chicago on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. 

Game in a Paragraph 

Columbus came out firing in the opening minutes, taking a 2-0 lead in the first three-plus minutes before many of the fans at the downtown barn had found their seats. But Chicago countered to tie the game before the end of the period and pulled away from there, taking a 4-2 lead with a strong second period and using some big saves by goalie Kevin Lankinen in the third to finish off the win despite a late CBJ tally.

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Savard ends tenure in Columbus as a memorable Blue Jacket

Looking back at the 10-year CBJ career for one of the mainstays of the locker room

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets' retooling of the roster at the trade deadline began in earnest today with the trade of unrestricted free agent-to-be David Savard to Tampa Bay for a first-round draft pick in 2021 and a third-rounder in 2022. 

The 30-year-old native of Quebec has been a Blue Jacket since being taken in the fourth round (94th overall) in the 2009 draft. He and Cam Atkinson were tied as the longest-tenured members of the team, both debuting on opening night of the 2011-12 season, and Savard leaves having played 597 games in union blue, fourth most in franchise history. 

Good luck in Tampa Bay, David. Here are some of the highlights and memories from Savard's time with the Blue Jackets. 

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CBJ acquire draft picks from Lightning in exchange for D David Savard

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a first-round pick in the 2021 National Hockey League Draft and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a three-team trade that includes the Detroit Red Wings and will send defenseman David Savard to Tampa Bay, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As part of the deal, Columbus will retain 50 percent of Savard's contract, which expires at the end of this season.

"David Savard is a consummate professional and his contributions to our organization over the past 10 years have been significant," said Kekalainen. "He has been an incredibly selfless player on the ice, a great teammate in the dressing room and a great representative of the Blue Jackets off the ice. We wish he, Valerie, and their family all the best moving forward."

Savard, 30, has registered 41 goals and 125 assists for 166 points with 331 penalty minutes and a cumulative +24 plus/minus rating in 597 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including 1-5-6 and 24 penalty minutes in 40 games this season. He has added 1-10-11 and 14 penalty minutes in 37 career outings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Selected by the Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 94th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft, Savard has played more games with the club than any other defenseman in franchise history and ranks fourth on the club's all-time games played list. Among blueliners, he also stands third in goals (tied) and assists and fourth in points. His best season with the club was 2014-15 when he set career highs in goals, assists and points with 11-25-36 in 82 games. In 2016-17, he set a club single-season record with a +33 plus/minus rating in 74 outings.

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CBJ announce several roster moves

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forwards Zac Dalpe and Kole Sherwood and defenseman Scott Harrington from the taxi squad and added defensemen Andrew Peeke and Gavin Bayreuther to the taxi squad from the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Dalpe, 31, has notched a goal and six shots in five games with the Blue Jackets this season, including his first goal with the club on April 6 vs. Tampa Bay. The Paris, Ontario native has posted 13-13-26 and 36 penalty minutes in 146 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes. The 6-2, 194-pound center has 1-1-2 and 13 penalty minutes in 18 career contests with the Blue Jackets from 2017-21. He has added 151-134-285, 185 penalty minutes and a cumulative +17 plus/minus rating in 383 career AHL games, including 3-1-4 and five penalty minutes in five outings with Cleveland in 2020-21.

Sherwood, 24, has tallied 3-1-4 with 17 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in nine games with Cleveland this season and has 29-13-42 and 144 penalty minutes in 110 career AHL games over the past four seasons. The New Albany, Ohio native has collected two penalty minutes in five career NHL games with the Blue Jackets. He appeared in two games with Columbus during the 2018-19 season, including his NHL debut at Chicago on Feb. 16, 2019, and logged three games with the club during the 2019-20 campaign.

Harrington, 28, has recorded 1-2-3 and four penalty minutes in six games with Columbus this season. The Kingston, Ontario native has notched 7-30-37 and 69 penalty minutes in 197 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins since making his League debut in 2014-15. Originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round, 54th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft, the 6-2, 206-pound blueliner was acquired by Columbus in a trade from Toronto on June 25, 2016.

Peeke, 22, has registered two assists with four shots and an "even" plus/minus rating in six games with the Blue Jackets this season. He made his NHL debut in 2019-20 and recorded 1-2-3 with four penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 22 games with the club. The Parkland, Florida native has added 5-15-20 and eight penalty minutes in 36 career AHL games with Cleveland, including 0-4-4 and two penalty minutes in seven outings in 2020-21. The 6-3, 197-pound blueliner was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the second round, 34th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bayreuther, 26, has collected 2-3-5 and 10 penalty minutes in 19 career NHL games, all with the Dallas Stars in 2019-20. Signed by Columbus as a free agent last October, he has notched 1-9-10 and 11 penalty minutes in 10 outings with Cleveland this season. In 208 career AHL games, he has 23-78-101 and 91 penalty minutes with the Monsters and Texas Stars. He collected 35-76-11 and 92 penalty minutes in 142 career games at St Lawrence University (ECAC) from 2013-17.

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets open series with Chicago in Nationwide Arena

Columbus turns focus to its level of play amid a week of uncertainty

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com
BLUE JACKETS (15-19-8) vs. BLACKHAWKS (18-18-5) 

Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, Nationwide Arena 

TV: Bally Sports OhioCBJ appBally Sports app, NHL Network 

Radio: Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets radio network (97.1 The Fan flagship) 

As uncertainty -- and a dose of bad news -- surrounds the Blue Jackets, the only thing head coach John Tortorella and the team can focus on is their level of play. 

Thursday night during a 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay, that was actually better than the final score would indicate, Tortorella said. Columbus had a few defensive breakdowns and didn't get great goaltending, but the team generated consistent offense and delivered effort even while being in a big hole on the scoreboard for most of the game.  

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CBJ acquire conditional seventh-round pick in exchange for C Riley Nash

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2022 National Hockey League Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for center Riley Nash, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The pick will become a sixth-round pick if Nash plays in 25 percent of Toronto's playoff games this season.

Nash, 31, signed a three-year contract with Columbus as a free agent on July 1, 2018. In his three seasons as a Blue Jacket, he registered 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points with 33 penalty minutes in 179 games. Currently sidelined with a sprained knee, he has collected 2-5-7 and four penalty minutes in 37 outings this season.

"Riley Nash is a terrific person and hard-working player that has been a solid contributor to our club over the past three seasons," said Kekalainen. "We appreciate everything he has done as a Blue Jacket and wish him the best in the future."

The Consort, Alberta native has tallied 63-109-172 and 134 penalty minutes in 578 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes. He has added 2-6-8 and 10 penalty minutes in 32 career games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 2-3-5 and four penalty minutes in 17 postseason outings with Columbus.

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CBJ place D Zach Werenski on Injured Reserve

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Zach Werenski on Injured Reserve due to an inguinal/sports hernia, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

He is expected to undergo surgery next week to repair the injury and will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season. Werenski, 23, has collected seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points and 13 penalty minutes in 35 games this season, leading club defensemen in goals and ranking second in points. He also ranks second on the club in averaging 24:22 TOI per game.

"Zach has been playing through the injury for most of the season and as much as we would like to have him in the lineup, having the surgery now is the right decision and will allow him to be 100 percent before the start of training camp in the fall," said Kekalainen.

A 2017 Calder Trophy finalist and All-Rookie Team selection who made his All-Star Game debut in 2018, Werenski has registered 65-124-189 and 71 penalty minutes with a cumulative +13 plus/minus rating in 335 games during his five NHL seasons. In 2019-20, he set a club record and led all NHL blueliners in goals when he notched 20-21-41, 10 penalty minutes and was +9 in 63 outings. The former University of Michigan standout was selected by Columbus in the first round, eighth overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft.

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#CBJ20 Where Are They Now: Vinny Prospal

The energetic fan favorite reflects on his two years with Columbus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Where Are They Now: Prospal

Where Are They Now: Prospal

Former Blue Jacket Vinny Prospal joins Jackets Insider on a brand-new episode of Where Are They Now, presented by Huntington Bank.

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There are very few people who brought as much emotion, passion and fun to the game in a Blue Jackets sweater than Vinny Prospal.

And there are very few moments in team history where a player showed off those traits quite like Prospal did in a March 9, 2013, game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Yes, the famous point. With the Jackets up late in what would be a 3-0 win, the team's fourth in a row, Prospal was mixed up in a late kerfuffle with Justin Abdelkader, and as he skated away, the CBJ forward pointed at the scoreboard.

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CBJ assign Zac Dalpe to taxi squad, Liam Foudy to Monsters

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Zac Dalpe to the taxi squad and forward Liam Foudy to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Dalpe, 31, has notched a goal and six shots in five games with the Blue Jackets this season. He tallied his first career goal with the club on April 6 vs. Tampa Bay. The Paris, Ontario native has posted 13-13-26 and 36 penalty minutes in 146 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes since making his League debut in 2010-11. The 6-2, 194-pound center has recorded 1-1-2 and 13 penalty minutes in 18 career contests with the Blue Jackets from 2017-21. He has added 151-134-285, 185 penalty minutes and a cumulative +17 plus/minus rating in 383 career AHL games, including 3-1-4 and five penalty minutes in five outings with Cleveland in 2020-21. Originally selected by Carolina in the second round, 45th overall, at the 2008 NHL Draft, Dalpe was claimed off waivers by Columbus on Feb. 27, 2017.

Foudy, 21, has registered 0-3-3 with six penalty minutes, 32 shots and a +1 plus/minus rating in 18 games with the Blue Jackets this season and added 1-3-4 and a +2 plus/minus rating in four games with the Monsters. The 6-2, 193-pound forward has recorded 0-4-4, six penalty minutes and a cumulative +2 plus/minus rating in 20 career regular season games with the club since making his NHL debut in 2019-20. The Scarborough, Ontario native, who added 1-1-2 in 10 outings during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 18th overall, at the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Dalpe's path of perseverance pays off with memorable goal

Veteran forward and proud dad reflects on a hockey career full of ups, downs

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Zac Dalpe read the play perfectly, cut through the middle of the ice and put himself in the right spot to receive the pass from Max Domi. 

It was a veteran play, and Dalpe finished it like a man who knows how to score. The 31-year-old Blue Jackets forward took Domi's pass and quickly tucked it past Andrei Vasilevskiy on Tuesday night to tally the first goal in Columbus' 4-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champs. 

To some, it might have been a meaningless goal in a game that probably won't have a ton of historic significance down the road. The scoresheet won't be printed and framed by many, and Dalpe's goal might end up a footnote you find on Hockey Reference years down the road.

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