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Columbus Blue Jackets Playoff Pressure

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 15: Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets deflects a shot next to teammate Markus Nutivaara #65 during the Blue Jackets 5-4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals during Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on April 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) When a franchise makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there is a lot of pressure on the team to advance. When that franchise has never made it out of the first round, the pressure...

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Dallas Stars Coach Ken Hitchcock Retires

Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock has announced this will be his last season as a coach in the NHL. The Stars finished the season with a 42-32-8 record finishing tenth in the Western Conference and missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though Hitchcock has retired from coaching he will take on a role as an advisor for the Stars. Ken Hitchcock is retiring from coaching. Official announcement expected soon. Stars will begin search for a new head coach immediately. — Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 13, 2018 The 67-year old Hitchcock’s second stint with the Stars lasted only one year....

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Columbus Blue Jackets Josh Anderson, Washington Capitals Tom Wilson Avoid Suspensions

COLUMBUS, OH – JANUARY 7: Josh Anderson #34 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the New York Rangers on January 7, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. New York defeated Columbus 5-4. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) The NHL Department of Player Safety will not hold hearings with Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson or Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson. Many analysts had surmised that their plays in Game One of the playoffs would attract supplemental discipline. The NHL DoPS disagrees. No DoPS hearing coming for Tom Wilson (or Josh Anderson). Caps...

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Columbus Blue Jackets Stay Hot

COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 17: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by David Savard #58 of the Columbus Blue Jackets after defeating the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on March 17, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) Everything is clicking for the Columbus Blue Jackets right now. The team has found its groove heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Compare that to this time last season when the Blue Jackets were just coasting in the post-season. Things like the power-play and certain players have really helped the Columbus Blue Jackets stay...

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Columbus Blue Jackets First Round Matchups

NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 20: Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella during the first period of the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 20, 2018, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With five games left in the season, Columbus is flipping between the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division and a wild-card spot. Just one point behind the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins and the third-place Philadelphia...

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Columbus Blue Jackets Extend Markus Nutivaara

COLUMBUS, OH – DECEMBER 20: Markus Nutivaara #65 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 20, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Markus Nutivaara to a four-year contract extension worth $10.8 million, or $2.7 million per season. This contract extension carries him through the 2021-2022 season. The Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Markus Nutivaara to a four-year contract extension. Total worth $10.8m w/ $2.7m AAV (cap hit per season). Real dollars: $2.5m first three seasons &...

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Boston Bruins Extend Zdeno Chara

SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 15: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins skates against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 15, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) The Boston Bruins announced that they have signed defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year contract extension worth $5 million plus $1.75 million in games played/playoff incentives. This contract carries him through the 2018-2019 season. Bruins sign Zdeno Chara to one-year contract extension: https://t.co/ZPr2lxt2NW pic.twitter.com/YipgzyLsbm — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 28, 2018 Chara will earn $5 million, plus an additional $1.75 million in performance-based incentives....

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