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Gagner making an early impression

Veteran forward has shown skill, versatility in preseason

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Gagner's shootout winner

CBJ@BOS: Gagner wins it with beautiful shootout goal

Sam Gagner skates down in the shootout, then uses a slick move to slip the puck past Zane McIntyre to win the game for the Blue Jackets 3-2

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BOSTON - You would be hard-pressed to find a Blue Jackets player who has hit the ground running (skating?) like Sam Gagner.

Sure, he's a well-traveled veteran player who has been through this all before, but like so many players on this roster, he has something to prove. The 27-year-old was an unsigned free agent late into the summer before Columbus came calling, inking him to a one-year deal to add depth up the middle and help on the power play.

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Gagner's winner sends Jackets to shootout win

McElhinney makes 29 saves in Columbus' first preseason victory

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

BOSTON - After a pair of rather sluggish exhibition games yesterday, the pace was noticeably higher tonight at TD Garden.

The Blue Jackets, after two days of intense testing and skating workouts, were playing their third preseason game in two days, which gave John Tortorella an opportunity to see some guys he hadn't seen yet, and also to see some players who he wanted to see again.

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Blues sweep preseason doubleheader from Jackets

Hartnell - Gagner - Atkinson line impresses in afternoon game

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets have gone full-bore into Camp Tortorella since Thursday morning. Forgive them if their legs were a little heavy on this fine Sunday.

You'd hear that sentiment echoed by the head coach himself, who knew going into these split-squad games that his team might not have a lot of gas left in the tank. As a result, Columbus took a pair of losses (one in St. Louis, the other at Nationwide Arena), but the outcome doesn't bother Tortorella.

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Game Day: Blue Jackets continue preseason in Boston

Columbus plays its third of eight tune-ups at TD Garden on Monday

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Call it a sneak preview of opening night if you want (you don't have to).

The Blue Jackets and Bruins meet Monday night at TD Garden about three weeks out from their first official game of the season, which is Oct. 13 at Nationwide Arena.

For Columbus, it's already the third exhibition tune-up in two days, giving John Tortorella and his coaching staff ample opportunity to see a large group of players in action.

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Tortorella: competition for jobs is "wide open"

Young players ready to make impact sooner than later

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Training Camp Day 3: Tortorella

Tortorella on day three of OhioHealth training camp

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella wraps up day three of OhioHealth training camp

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John Tortorella wants to make it clear: there are jobs to be had in this training camp.

At the end of last season, he laid out expectations for the players and gave them an idea of what this camp would be like. He challenged the group to come to camp in top shape, ready to go from Day 1, and not using the next three weeks to get into shape.

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CBJ Training Camp notebook: Sept. 24

Tortorella talks conditioning after physically demanding day on the ice

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Perhaps more compelling than watching today's demanding skating drills was seeing players from other groups, gathered in the tunnel to see what was coming up next for them.

On the first "hockey" day of Blue Jackets training camp, there was a lot to take in.

It was a full day: the first groups took the ice for a scrimmage at 9 a.m. in the OhioHealth Ice Haus, and seven hours later, the final practice of the day wrapped up. There were the aforementioned scrimmages, regular old practice drills, and as coach John Tortorella promised over the summer, a lot of skating.

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Blue Jackets rosters for split-squad games (Sept. 25)

Club plays 1 p.m. ET game in St. Louis, then 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / NHL.com

Here are the rosters for Sunday's split-squad games:

At St. Louis...

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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 / BlueJackets.com

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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Game Day: Blue Jackets, Blues tangle in split-squad

Teams play in St. Louis (1 p.m. ET) and then in Columbus (7 p.m.) to open exhibition schedule

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Rejoice, friends - hockey season has arrived.

It's the preseason and it begins in an unconventional manner with this split-squad endeavor against the St. Louis Blues, but nonetheless, it's an opportunity early in training camp for the Blue Jackets to see where they stand.

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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 BlueJackets.com

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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