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Nick Foligno named a finalist for Mark Messier Leadership Award

Foligno is first Blue Jacket selected as a finalist for the award since its inception in 2007

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno is a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, the club and League announced tonight. The award is presented "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season" as selected by six-time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Famer Mark Messier. The other finalists are Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames.

On the ice, Foligno helped Columbus to a 50-24-8 record and 108 points - a 32-point improvement from 2015-16 - by collecting 26-25-51 and adding five game-winning goals in 79 outings. In his second season as captain, he recorded 25 goals and 50 points for the second time in his career (2014-15) as the Jackets compiled the fourth-best record in the NHL a season after finishing 27th overall. He also picked up 5-9-14 and two game-winners during the club's 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in NHL history, from Nov. 29, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017.

FOLIGNO NAMED COMMUNITY MVP

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Blue Jackets management thinking big picture

Despite early playoff exit, reasons for optimism are abound

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

There's no question that you'd be hard pressed to find a member of the Blue Jackets organization who wasn't disappointed with how the team's season ended. But Jackets' management must always challenge themselves to look at the bigger picture of what the team is trying to do and if they are on track towards those goals.

While the promise of the future doesn't lessen the disappointment of an early playoff exit, there are very real reasons for optimism when it comes to the future of the Blue Jackets.

BLUE JACKETS EXIT DAY INTERVIEWS

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Blue Jackets prospects shining in playoffs

Dubois, Kolesar and Thurkauf saving their best for playoff hockey

by Andrew Schwepfinger / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets might have ended their playoff campaign earlier than expected, but that hasn't stopped the organization's prospects from playing their best in the playoffs.

Western Hockey League action has featured a tight playoff series between two Jackets prospects, Keegan Kolesar and Calvin Thurkauf, and their respective teams, the Seattle Thunderbirds and Kelowna Rockets.

On the other side of the continent, the Jackets' 2016 third overall selection Pierre-Luc Dubois has played a key role in the QMJHL President's Cup Playoffs with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

Q&A: PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS

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John Tortorella named a finalist for Jack Adams Award

Tortorella won the award with Tampa Bay in 2003-04, was runner-up in 2002-03 and 2011-12

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the NHL's coach of the year as voted on by the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association, the club and League announced tonight. 

Tortorella led the Blue Jackets to the best season in the club's 17-year history in 2016-17 with a 50-24-8 record and 108 points, which was the fourth-best mark in the NHL. The club's 108 points was a 32-point turnaround from 2015-16 when Columbus finished with a 34-40-8 mark and 76 points. This past season, the Blue Jackets ranked second in the League in goals-against average (2.35 per game), sixth in goals-for (3.01), ninth in penalty killing (83.3 percent) and 12th in power play efficiency (19.8 percent). The club also boasted the third-best goal differential in the League at +54.

BLUE JACKETS EXIT DAY COVERAGE

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Jackets' mindset on long-term success

Team not satisfied despite record-setting regular season

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets ended the 2016-17 season with 108 points, 50 wins and they were not at all pleased. The team exited the first round of the playoffs by a series score of 4-1 at the hands of division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We're out in the first round," head coach John Tortorella said. "That's the problem. That's the problem right there. We're out in the first round. So that's not success."

As Jackets leadership has preached all year, there are two seasons. The regular season, and the postseason. The sting of the outcome from that second group of games, arguably the most important, is already motivating players as they head into a summer that, for them, is far too long.

EXIT INTERVIEW DAY

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#CBJ Social Roundup: April 24

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

People across the Blue Jackets fan base show their support this postseason and reflect on the record-breaking year. This week's #CBJ roundup:

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2016-17 Season in review

Looking back on the best season in franchise history

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The 2016-17 season was one for the record books. The team fought from 27th in the league last season to the fourth in the NHL. They clinched their third playoff berth in franchise history and shattered team records across the board.

We took a look back at the season that was.

September

65 players showed up for the Blue Jackets training camp, a tough outing under the leadership of John Tortorella that was meant to test the team not just physically but mentally. As the roster started to take shape, the Jackets split the first four of their pre-season games going 2-2-0.

October

After four more pre-season matches, the Jackets roster was finalized for opening night. Sprinkled among returning veterans, fresh faces like Sam Gagner joined the ranks along with rookies such as Zach Werenski, Lukas Sedlak and Markus Nutivaara. But the Jackets dropped their first two games, including the home opener to Boston Oct. 13. 

With a five-day break between games two and three, the Jackets worked on their game and come Oct. 21, the team got its first win of the season over the Chicago Blackhawks. They'd beat Dallas and Anaheim and go 3-3-1 for the month.

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Sergei Bobrovsky named a finalist for Vezina Trophy

Bobrovsky is a finalist for the second time after winning the award in 2013

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- For the second time in his career, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding goaltender as voted by league general managers, the club and NHL announced tonight. He won the award following the 2012-13 season.

Bobrovsky posted a 41-17-5 record, 2.06 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and seven shutouts in 63 games this season, leading the NHL in GAA and SV%, while ranking third in wins and shutouts (tied). Along the way, he won 14-straight games from November 29 to January 3, tying the second-longest winning streak in NHL history. He was named the NHL's First Star for the month of December (12-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .939 SV%) and Second Star in March (9-1-1, 1.09 GAA, .967 SV%) and posted three-straight shutouts on March 2 vs. Minnesota, Mar. 5 at New Jersey and March 7 vs. New Jersey to tie a club record. He also made his NHL All-Star Game debut at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in January.

BOBROVSKY'S RECORD-SETTING SEASON 

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Exit Day Sound 4.22

The Blue Jackets talk to the media before the offseason

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Exit Day: Tortorella (4/22/17)

Torts talks to the media after the end of the season

John Tortorella talks to the media after the end of the 2016-17 season

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"Good is the enemy of great."

That was the theme of the Blue Jackets exit day as the team leaves for the summer with the feeling that the season ended too soon. John Tortorella and the several players on the team talk about how they feel today, what they'll do to prepare this summer and what to expect next season. The Blue Jackets' season ended on Thursday when they lost to Pittsburgh 5-2 to end their first round series 4-1.

Video: Jackets' management speaks to wrap up the season

 

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Blue Jackets' early dismissal lights fire for the future

Columbus looks at series loss as motivation for next season

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets' 2016-17 campaign ended Thursday night in Pittsburgh, but while the sting of a season-ending loss still lingers, there are reasons to be excited for what comes next.

"(From the series against Pittsburgh,) I learned that we're a good team," head coach John Tortorella said. "I thought our guys had no fear. Playing against the Stanley Cup champ, a very good team, they had no fear and we put a ton of good minutes there.

"I'm proud of our club. I like a lot of things about our club. We have to lick our wounds and learn from some of the things that went on in this series. But I can't wait to get going again with them, quite honestly."

If this year is any indication, if this Jackets team puts in the same amount of work into next year, exciting things lie ahead.

The Jackets blew up expectations around the league this season. They were the second youngest team in the NHL and rung up a 50-win, 108-point campaign that included a 16-game win streak.

WERENSKI NOMINATED FOR CALDER TROPHY

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