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Blue Jackets make a series of roster moves

Milano, Korpisalo, Carlsson to Cleveland; Kivlenieks recalled

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue have assigned defenseman Gabriel Carlsson, left wing Sonny Milano and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate and recalled goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Carlsson, 20, has recorded an assist in eight games with the Blue Jackets this season and has posted 0-2-2 in 10 career games since making his NHL debut at the end of last season. The Orebro, Sweden native also made his AHL debut in 2016-17, recording 0-1-1 in three games with the Monsters. Columbus' second first round pick, 29th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft, he collected 3-12-15 and was +15 in 92 career Swedish Hockey League games with Linkoping from 2014-17, including 2-2-4, six penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 40 games in 2016-17.

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 2, NYR 0

Snipes from Werenski and Panarin lead the way in Jackets shutout win

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Inside the Blue Jackets' locker room Tuesday at Nationwide Arena, there was a message written on the board.

It was a simple inquiry, three words long, and has yet to be answered in full by the Blue Jackets: "Who are we?"

It was put there by coach John Tortorella, who's still trying to figure this team out after an impressive 2-0 victory against the New York Rangers.

"That's the biggest thing I have my eyes set on here," Tortorella said. "We're a quarter of the way through the season. We've got to get straightened out who we are. We could talk about it, we could show tape about it, but we've got to play like who we are … and I think we took a step in the right direction tonight."

It wasn't perfect, but this was much better than the Jackets' previous two games - which were also victories. This one, however, ended in regulation. The other two ended in a nine-round shootout in Detroit - snapping a four-game losing streak - and a 2-1 overtime win Tuesday in Montreal.

Columbus didn't dominate either one, but gladly accepted wins presented to them by the genie who plays goalie for them, Sergei Bobrovsky. His bag of magic tricks never seems to run out, as he keeps contorting his body and making sure-thing goals disappear.

This time, however, Bobrovsky wasn't the main storyline - despite 36 saves and his second shutout of the season. The major takeaway was the Jackets as a whole, after they dominated much of this game.

They outshot the Rangers 42-36, including 33-21 in the first two periods. They kept consistent pressure on New York's Henrik Lundqvist, who needed 40 saves to keep it close. They got big goals from Zach Werenski in the second period and Artemi Panarin in the third, and they worked the puck below the hash marks in the offensive zone exactly the way Tortorella wants them to do it.

It was only one game, but the bulk of it answered that question on the board.

"We weren't in love with our last two games," center Brandon Dubinsky said. "Tonight, I thought we got back to who we need to be a little bit more. Now, it's just about trying to be consistent with it, day in and day out, [in] practices and games."

Video: Panarin is awarded the Kepi for his power play goal

Here's how it all went down:

First Twenty

Goals: CBJ - None; NYR - None
Shots: Blue Jackets 14, Rangers 12

Shot-Attempts percentage (Corsi 5v5): Rangers 53.6% (15-13), Blue Jackets 46.4% (13-15)

Scoring chances 5v5: Blue Jackets 9, Rangers 5

High-Danger chances 5v5: Blue Jackets 6, Rangers 4

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Core, winning help drive deal to keep Cam Atkinson home

Atkinson signs for seven more years in Columbus

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

This easily could've gone a different direction.

Rather than reaching agreement on a seven-year, $41.125 million contract extension, like the Blue Jackets and forward Cam Atkinson did Friday, each side could've just kicked the can down the road a little further.

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Blue Jackets activate Zac Dalpe off Injured Reserve, assign to Monsters

Dalpe, 28, has missed the past four games with an upper body injury suffered on Monday, November 6 at the New York Rangers

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Zac Dalpe off Injured Reserve and assigned him to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate after clearing waivers, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Dalpe, 28, has missed the past four games with an upper body injury suffered on Monday, November 6 at the New York Rangers. He has recorded 13 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season, including making his club debut on Oct. 6 vs. the New York Islanders.

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Q and A with Cam Atkinson following contract extension announcement

Cam Atkinson talks about his seven-year contract extension

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Atkinson on his extension 11/17

Cam Atkinson talks about his seven-year extension

Blue Jackets right winger Cam Atkinson sits down with Bob McElligott to talk about his seven-year contract extension

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Like most guys in a contract year, Cam Atkinson tried to ignore his status as a pending free agent.

The Blue Jackets' forward, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Draft, tried to focus on hockey this season and nothing else.

Some things, however, are easier said than done. Atkinson did find himself thinking about his situation more than he liked, so he did something about it - signing a seven-year, $41.125 million contract extension Friday that will keep him in Columbus through the 2024-25 season.

"I mean, everyone's different, but a player would be lying if they said it wasn't in their head, because there are so many uncertainties throughout the year," Atkinson told BlueJackets.com. "Ultimately, and Columbus has known this since Day 1 … just that I wanted to be here."

Atkinson is a big piece to the puzzle for the Blue Jackets, after scoring 35 goals and finishing with 62 points last season, but he's off to a slower start than usual. He has just four goals and two assists in 14 games, and missed four games with a minor injury and illness. 

MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONTRACT EXTENSION

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Blue Jackets sign Cam Atkinson to a seven-year contract extension

Jackets sign right wing Cam Atkinson to a seven-year, $41.125 million contract extension

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Cam Atkinson to a seven-year, $41.125 million contract extension that will keep him with the club through the 2024-25 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

Atkinson, 28, has registered 125 goals and 108 assists for 233 points with 106 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 397 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets. He ranks second in club history in goals and game-winning goals (25), fourth in points, seventh in games played and 10th in assists and is one of three players (Rick Nash, R.J. Umberger) in club history to score 20 or more goals in four consecutive seasons. 

"Cam Atkinson has played an integral role in the growth of our team over the past four seasons and we couldn't be happier that he will remain a Columbus Blue Jacket for many years to come," said Kekalainen. "He has improved every year he's been here and has become a player our team can use in all situations. We believe his best years are still in front of him."

ATKINSON TALKS ABOUT HIS EXTENSION

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Practice Notes: Jackets still searching for offense, better power play

Werenski moved back to more 'comfortable' spot at point on second power-play unit.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

John Tortorella has done quite a few things to spark the Blue Jackets' offense.

He's tried just about every line combination possible. He's changed-up the power-play units. He's reinforced the motto "safe is death," with the goal of increasing scoring chances though calculated risks.

Tortorella even refers to defensemen Seth Jones and Zach Werenski as "rovers," now, and has encouraged them - Werenski, especially - to take more offensive chances. Thus far, none of it has worked consistently.

"I'm not a big guy reading the numbers all the time," said Tortorella, who unveiled more lineup reconfiguring during practice Thursday at Nationwide Arena. "Where our lack of consistency is, is how much we play under the hash [marks]. We talk about how we're going to play, I think it's a very good team under the hash [marks]. That still allows skill to happen. I just don't think we're there enough."

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Preview: Blue Jackets looking to play better, win third straight

Third-period letdown in New York earlier this month still fresh in their minds.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

GAME 20: RANGERS (9-8-2) AT BLUE JACKETS (11-7-1)

NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 P.M., FRIDAY

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO/FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM

It wasn't the 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden that bothers the Blue Jackets as much as the way they lost.

Columbus led, 2-1, after 40 minutes, and then played arguably their worst period of the season. The Blue Jackets lost two one-goal leads in the third period, and allowed three power-play goals after taking three costly penalties.

"I thought we [threw] one away this year with the lack of discipline," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Thursday, after practice at Nationwide Arena. "We lost ourselves there."

It was the second loss in what became a four-game winless skid (0-3-1). It was also the continuation of a recent trend. The Rangers scored multiple goals in the third period against the Blue Jackets last season multiple times.

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David Savard becomes a new man after beard bounty reached

After original goal reached, there's still more work to do

by Jimmy Longo BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Well folks, the beard bounty was reached, and David Savard shaved his beard Thursday afternoon. At this point, the Beard Bounty has raised over $3,000 directly to the Movember Foundation. If you'd like to donate, feel free to do so here!

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Bob does it again for Blue Jackets

Columbus still scuffling offensively, but another great night for Bobrovsky nets win in Montreal.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Eventually, the Blue Jackets will pick up goalie Sergei Bobrovsky if he's having an off night.

Right now, they're thankful for the opposite. Bobrovsky is carrying the Blue Jackets during a stretch when the offense is sputtering, and his latest goaltending masterpiece - a 2-1 overtime win Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre - was another shining example.

Bobrovsky made 28 saves, and it felt like each one was a game-saver. None stood out more than a dazzling, diving effort with his blocker to deny a sure goal in the third period off a 2-on-1 rush.

"It's the key to winning in the National Hockey League," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said afterward. "Your goaltender has to do it. I mean, a couple saves Bob made in the third period, and put that with the save he made in Detroit [on Saturday], it's a big reason we're getting points. Teams go through it, and a goaltender has to stand in there, and Bob has been terrific for us, to give us the opportunity."

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