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Columbus Blue Jackets announce 2018-19 regular season schedule

Club's 18th NHL season opens at Detroit on October 4

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets and National Hockey League announced today a 2018-19 regular season schedule in which the club will play 82 games, including 41 home dates at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets will kick off their 18th NHL season on Thursday, October 4 against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena, marking the sixth time in club history and first since 2014-15 that the club will open the season on the road. Columbus will play its home-opener the following night on Friday, October 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets' announcement of the club's 2018-19 schedule is presented by Mike's Hard Lemonade.

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Seth Jones Named To NHL Second All-Star Team

Jones becomes first skater in Blue Jackets history to earn postseason All-Star Team accolades

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team, the club and NHL announced tonight at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Voting for the All-Star Teams were conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season. He becomes the first skater in club history to be voted to the First or Second All-Star Team, joining goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky (First Team in 2012-13 and 2016-17) and Steve Mason (Second Team in 2008-09).

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BATTALION BREAKDOWN: Dean Kukan

Rookie defenseman filled in capably for Blue Jackets, earned contract extension.

by Rachel Bules / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season from a numerical standpoint, starting with the highest jersey number and counting down to the lowest. Today, BlueJackets.com examines defenseman Dean Kukan's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2017-18 campaign.

Dean Kukan

Number: 46

Age: 24

Birthdate: July 8, 1993

Height/Weight: 6-2, 186

Position: Defense

Nickname: "Kuks"

Dean Kukan, a Swiss-born defenseman, played six seasons in Europe before signing an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in 2015 and starting his path to the NHL in earnest.

After making his NHL debut by playing eight games with the Blue Jackets in 2015-16, Kukan didn't play a single game in Columbus the following season and came into 2017-18 hoping to jump start his journey.

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Blue Jackets have their map to the playoffs in 2018-19

BlueJackets.com breaks down next season's schedule, which includes three home-openers, six straight home games, nine straight off days and two home dates against both Pittsburgh and Washington.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The Stanley Cup has been decided, the NHL Awards were handed out Wednesday and the 2018 NHL Draft will take center stage this weekend in Dallas.

Outside of Washington D.C., where the Stanley Cup celebration will last all summer, the focus around the NHL is shifting to next season. The draft could spark some significant trades, the July 1 start of free agency is fast approaching and we now know the regular-season schedule for 2018-19, which was released Thursday.

The Blue Jackets' roadmap to the Stanley Cup Playoffs is officially laid out for them, as they prepare to continue their own Cup chase by aiming for a third straight postseason appearance. It's a slate that starts and finishes with back-to-back games, two of 16 back-to-back sets awaiting the Jackets, and in between is a full season's worth of notable matchups and dates to remember.

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Now that we've got the map, here's a month-by-month glance at what's in store for the Blue Jackets in 2018-19:

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Columbus Blue Jackets announce home opener for 2018-19 season

Complete 2018-19 season schedule slated to be released on Thursday

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets will open the home portion of the 2018-19 regular season on Friday, October 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. ET at Nationwide Arena, the club and National Hockey League announced today. The remainder of the Blue Jackets 2018-19 schedule is expected to be released on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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Blue Jackets set sail in '18-19 on sea of red

Columbus to host Hurricanes in first game at Nationwide, after opening in Detroit.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets are getting used to seeing red.

After their first-round loss to the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in April, Columbus will continue its own quest for the Cup by starting next season against two more red-clad teams - the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes.

The Blue Jackets will open their 2018-19 schedule with back-to-back games, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Little Caesar's Arena and returning home Friday, Oct. 5 to Nationwide Arena for a 7 p.m. home-opener against the Hurricanes.

It's the first time Columbus has opened on the road since 2014, when the Blue Jackets defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 at KeyBank Center.

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Davidson Q & A: 'We have to be patient ... we have to be smart'

Blue Jackets' president of hockey operations talks draft, free agency and continuing to climb.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

A busy offseason for the Blue Jackets is getting even busier this week.

The action starts with an NHL Board of Governors meeting in Las Vegas that John Davidson, Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, will attend. After that, it's the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas for Davidson, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and the rest of the hockey-operations staff - followed by the start of development camp Monday in Columbus.

After development camp concludes Friday, the focus shifts to the start of free agency on Sunday, July 1, which is usually the biggest day in the offseason for roster decisions.

"It looks like a real good draft from what we understand, from all of our scouts talking to us," said Davidson, who was interviewed this week by Bob McElligott, Blue Jackets' radio play-by-play broadcaster. "Then you have development camp, free agency, you have a little bit of everything … contracts. It's nine or 10 different things going on at once. This is action. This is what you like. Jarmo's fielding calls from general managers, making his own calls. It's action."

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Blue Jackets GM responds to Panarin report

Sportsnet says Jackets are 'testing' trade market for star; Kekalainen cites 'plenty of time' to negotiate contract extension.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Things happen fast in hockey, including the offseason.

That became clear Tuesday afternoon, when a tweet by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman about Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin caused an instant commotion in NHL circles.

Friedman tweeted that Columbus is now testing the trade market for Panarin - who has a year left on his contract - in response to him reportedly telling the Jackets he's not interested in negotiating an extension yet.

Jarmo Kekalainen, the Blue Jackets' general manager, made a rare response to a rumor by issuing a statement:

"Artemi is an elite National Hockey League player. Our position has been that we want him to be a Blue Jacket for many years and that has not changed. He has a year left on his contract, so there is plenty of time to work towards that end. Should anything change moving forward, we will address it at that time and any decision we make will be in the best interest of our club."

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Blue Jackets to conduct annual development camp from June 25-28

Fifth annual 3-on-3 Tournament to be held on Thursday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m.

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets will conduct their annual development camp for prospects at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the club's official practice facility at Nationwide Arena, with on-ice practice sessions scheduled from Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28, the club announced today.

This year's camp is highlighted by the fifth annual 3-on-3 Tournament, which will be held on Thursday, June 28 beginning at 4:30 p.m. All on-ice practice sessions are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of on-ice sessions can be found below:

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#CBJ Social Roundup: June 19

Nick Foligno listens to Celine Dion, seriously.

by Rachel Bules / bluejackets.com

Festival season is upon us, and Wennberg and his friends were making the most of it in Stockholm this past weekend.

Summerburst ��

A post shared by Alexander Wennberg (@alexanderwennberg) on

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