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Blue Jackets say they didn’t push Milano to choose OHL over Boston College

Aug 18, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

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When word broke that Sonny Milano decided to continue his hockey career in the OHL rather than NCAA, the implications were pretty heavy that the Columbus Blue Jackets were nudging him in that direction. The organization once again denied such accusations about the franchise favoring Milano playing for the Plymouth Whalers instead of Boston College next season, as the Columbus Dispatch reports.

“We have a lot of respect for Boston College and their program, their ability to develop players,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. “We have the same kind of respect for Plymouth and their ability to develop players … which is why we didn’t get involved in (Milano’s) decision. We left it up to the kid from the get-go.”

Boston College coach Jerry York’s comments fueled such speculation the most:

Earlier in August, Milano made some flattering statements about going the NCAA route:

Whatever might be true, it’s easy to see why Kekalainen doesn’t want to burn bridges with Boston College. The Dispatch notes that he’s known York for “many years.”

Regardless, the Blue Jackets GM acknowledged that the “situation has changed” with the 18-year-old as far as the team’s ability to sign him to an entry-level contract, although Kekalainen states that a deal is not yet on the table.

  1. hotlanta57 - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Something tells me Columbus is throwing him under the bus because just a few weeks ago Sonny reaffirmed his commitment to BC. Then again he does have a history of changing his mind just ask Notre Dame fans…

    • milkmemalkin - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      That’s because Columbus is a joke of an organization and will forever be relevant. It was sad to see them make the playoffs finally only to get destroyed by Marc-Andre and the gang.

      • milkmemalkin - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        *irrelevant

      • hotlanta57 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Sonny would beat Crosby in a fight

      • cliffatola - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        The Jackets did not get destroyed by the Pens, they lost the series but gave the Pens all they could handle. Which series did you watch ?

  2. milkmemalkin - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Sonny is a girls name.

    • hotlanta57 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Your probably not a penguins fan at all. I bet you like some scrub team like the Bruins

      • hotlanta57 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        You’re. I apologize for my disgusting grammatical mistake

      • milkmemalkin - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        you question my loyalty but you don’t even have a team to be loyal to anymore…

      • hotlanta57 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Oh what are you going to say next? That my favorite player is Ovechkin?

    • wearethe5thline - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      …but Sidney isn’t?

      • cliffatola - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        I hate that I responded to that first message now that I see what a troll milkmemalkin happens to be. I hope he is sitting at home trimming his mothers toe nails as he sips a nice bottle of vinegar and water.

  3. pastabelly - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    York will find a way to stick it to Columbus.

    • milkmemalkin - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      that is probably the dumbest thing i have ever heard

      • storminator16 - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        This article is just a chock full of dumb comments. Just enjoy the laughs. :D

  4. storminator16 - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    He didn’t honor his commitment to BC but he didn’t kill kittens in the process. Everyone get over themselves. You only live once and he can still get a degree in some many ways. Yes, turning down a scholarship may look foolish but hopefully that all will be a drop in the bucket in a couple of seasons.

    In other news, the Whalers are going to look very nice next season. The OHL just got better. I’m all in the tank for USA Hockey but it is every individual tier 1 talented kid’s right to do what he thinks is best. He was a trooper for the USNTDP and now he wants to play against the best of the best. I can’t knock this decision. I really don’t think Columbus had anything to do with this, contrary to what US Hockey wants you to believe. The perks with going the Canadian major junior route after getting drafted is enticing.

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