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No buyouts coming from Blue Jackets

Jun 21, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

There will be no compliance buyouts coming to anyone on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jarmo Kekalainen, the Blue Jackets general manager who was hired for the job in February, confirmed that to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

The Blue Jackets are coming off a decent 2012-2013 regular season, in which they fought from the bottom of the Western Conference standings to within one point of earning a post-season berth for the second time in franchise history.

Kekalainen’s main concern, however, is re-signing goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who took home the Vezina Trophy as the league’s stop puck stopper.

Bobrovsky is being pursued by the KHL, and is a restricted free agent this summer. He is at the end of a three-year, $2.7 million entry level contract with the Blue Jackets.

“We’ll look at all the different options — short-term, long-term, arbitration … who knows?,” said Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson earlier this month.

“We think we’ll get him signed.”

  1. 19to77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Long story made short, every team but Philadelphia is claiming to refuse to buy anyone out, including the five or six that are lying about it and planning to buy people out immediately anyway.

    A guarantee of no buyouts is about as ironclad as a vote of confidence in a struggling coach.

    • mathieug79 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      who would you buy out if you were the GM of the Columbus Bluejackets? Not a lot of options there, Lou also said he didn’t want to buy anyone out, well maybe that has something to due with the financial restrictions of the team. The only teams that will buy out players are the big market teams (NYR, PHI, TOR, ect..)

      • hockey412 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        The jackets have plenty of cap room. No need to buy anyone out to get out under the cap. They also don’t have any ridiculously overpriced long term contracts. Wisniewski is the highest. I agree, no reason to buy anyone out.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        they dont have any ridiculous contracts yet….we will see what they offer bob. they are still in no distress that would warrant a buyout of anyone.

      • 19to77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Oh, I don’t doubt that CBJ actually means it. They don’t need to buy anyone out. But most of the OTHER teams that have said that so far have buyout candidates sticking out like sore thumbs. Just more smoke and mirror stuff from the GMs.

  2. davebabychreturns - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Honestly I can’t believe this is news.

    NHL’s 28th most valuable franchise (which also has its 2nd greatest yearly operating losses) isn’t going to spend extra money. Shocker!

  3. bonzopookie - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    yawn…28th most valuable franchise that has a fanbase like no other. Try missing the playoffs in Detroit 5-6 in a row, and that dump will be a ghost town! Take your bashing elsewhere, you idiot!!!! This team has more promise than half of the snob-driven franchises out there!

    • davebabychreturns - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Maybe take a deep breath or two there, pal.

      I’ve no issue with fans in Columbus or the Blue Jackets franchise, in fact it sucks seeing one team get the short end of the stick for so long (and I’m hopeful that in actually qualified management types like JD and Kekelainen, they are finally positioned to turn things around for good).

      That being said it’s pretty clear that the compliance buy outs are meant for teams with money to burn, and it’s also pretty clear that Columbus is not one of those teams (even though they have been players in free agency in the past). Heck, even in Vancouver (a team earning $30m/year in profit) there is some doubt that ownership will approve buy outs.

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