Columbus Blue Jackets Player News: All Positions

News: Werenski is slated to sign a new contract with the Blue Jackets prior to training camp, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Despite not signing his qualifying offer, Werenski's agent Pat Brisson told reporters, "It's our intention to have an agreement in time fo camp." The blueliner is coming off a second 40-plus point campaign in his three NHL seasons. Given his offensive contributions, the 22-year-old will no doubt be getting a big pay raise which could see him top Seth Jones' $5.4 million cap hit.
News: Dano inked a one-year, two-way contract with Columbus on Thursday.
Impact: Dano was only able to break into the lineup for eight games last season with Colorado, in which he managed just three shots, seven PIM and 16 hits while averaging a meager 6:53 of ice time. The Austrian forward figures to spend the bulk of the upcoming season in the minors again, though he could earn the occasional call-up throughout the year.
News: MacInnis signed his qualifying offer from Columbus on Tuesday. The deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $874,125.
Impact: MacInnis set career highs in assists (20) and points (24) with AHL Cleveland last season. Selected by the Coyotes with the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old was acquired by the Jackets in July of 2018 in a swap for minor-league players. The center figures to spend the majority of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.
News: Milano accepted the Blue Jackets' qualifying offer for the 2019-20 campaign Monday.
Impact: The Blue Jackets' offer was for a one-year, two-way deal that will pay Milano $874,125 at the NHL level this season. The 2014 first-round pick hasn't lived up to expectations since making his NHL debut in 2015-16, totaling 15 goals and 24 points in 70 appearances with Columbus. To make matters worse, the 23-year-old was recently arrested for his involvement in a brawl that stemmed from a dispute over a Manhattan nightclub bill, although it remains to be seen if he'll be punished by the league over that matter. Either way, Milano will likely spend the majority of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
News: Scott signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Scott has struggled to make a name for himself in the minors, and he registered 13 goals along with 11 assists last year with the Cleveland Monsters, where he figures to spend the majority of the upcoming season.
News: Milano was arrested along with Avalanche forward A.J. Greer early Sunday morning for their role in a brawl over a Manhattan nightclub bill, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Reports say that Milano and Greer were inside an apartment on W. Houston Street near Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village at about 6:30 a.m. when they got into an alleged fight with a 28-year-old man. The dispute turned physical, and the two players allegedly assaulted the man, sources said. According to reports, the two are being charged with assault.
News: Harrington penned a three-year, $4.9 million contract extension with Columbus on Friday.
Impact: Harrington set career highs in games played (73), assists (15) and points (17) last season. The blueliner's deal is one way in nature, which all but guarantees he won't have to spend any time in the minors. Still, the 25-year-old will face plenty of competition for minutes and will need to enjoy a strong training camp in order to earn a spot in the Opening Night lineup versus Toronto on Oct. 4.
News: Vigneault signed a one-year, AHL-only contract with the Cleveland Monsters on Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Vigneault didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets before the June 26 deadline, but will stay with the club anyway. The 23-year-old has struggled to produce at the AHL level, potting 14 goals and 47 points in 133 games. He should definitely be off fantasy radars for next season and likely beyond, as it seems an NHL debut isn't coming soon.
News: Nyquist signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Blue Jackets on Monday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Impact: Nyquist is a consolation prize for a Columbus team that's losing a lot of star power with Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky bolting in free agency. The Swede turns 30 in September and scored a career-best 60 points between the Red Wings and Sharks last season. Nyquist has topped the 40-point mark in each of the past six seasons.
News: Murray (back) signed a two-year, $9.2 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: According to this report, a three-year deal for Murray had been discussed, but Murray has still commanded a substantial raise over the one-year, $2.825 million that he procured with Columbus last July. Selected by the Blue Jackets with the second overall pick in the 2012 draft, Murray seems to be coming into his own at hockey's highest level. He's been battling nagging upper-body and back injuries, but Murray managed to drop in a goal and 28 helpers to complement a plus-20 rating over 56 games last season. If you can get him late enough, consider drafting him as a nice depth defenseman in fantasy games.
News: Korpisalo signed a one-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Monday.
Impact: As a restricted free agent, Korpisalo received a qualifying offer from the Jackets as the clear sign that he'd be re-upping with the Eastern Conference club. The Finn compiled a 10-7-3 record to go with a 2.95 GAA and .897 save percentage through 21 starts and 27 total appearances last season. His fantasy value could skyrocket with Sergei Bobrovsky expected to depart Columbus through free agency.
News: Duchene is expected to join Nashville when free agency begins, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Nashville sent P.K. Subban to the Devils in a salary dump in order to make a run at Duchene and it appears that it worked. The 28-year-old forward will make the Predators' forward group very threatening. He's coming off his second 70-point campaign, including a career-best 31 goals. Assuming he signs with Nashville, he'll join Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen in a lethal top-six.
News: Vigneault was not among the Blue Jackets players to receive a qualifying offer, NHL.com reports.
Impact: It seems the organization will allow Vigneault to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The move shouldn't come as a shock to fantasy owners, considering the 23-year-old struggled to consistently produce in three season with AHL Cleveland. The Clarkson University product may have to consider a move abroad if he wants to extend his professional career, though it seems an NHL debut is off the table.
News: Siebenaler didn't receive a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: While Siebenaler won't be officially tied to the Penguins any more, the blueliner did sign a minor-league contract with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which will at least keep him on the radar. The 23-year-old was acquired from the Penguins via Columbus in February, so hasn't really had a lot of time to impress with his new club.
News: Robinson has accepted the Blue Jackets' qualifying offer.
Impact: Robinson failed to impress at the NHL level last season, going scoreless in 13 appearances, but he showed some promise while skating for the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, notching 12 goals and 24 points in 45 games. The 24-year-old forward will likely once again spend the majority of the upcoming campaign in the minors, but he should also get the occasional look with the Blue Jackets when they're dealing with injuries up front.
News: Graves won't receive a qualifying offer from the Flyers ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: Graves was immediately sent to the ECHL after being acquired by the Flyers from the Coyotes via a trade in January, so the fact that he's being cut loose is hardly surprising. He'll likely be seeking an AHL-only deal with a new organization this offseason.
News: Somerby has received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Somerby hasn't managed to crack the NHL, but the blueliner brings intriguing size at 6-foot-6 and 218 pounds. Large defensemen tend to be late bloomers and Sotherby will turn 25 in June, so the Blue Jackets figure there's no harm in keeping him around in case something clicks.
News: Columbus has given Robinson a qualifying offer, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Robinson has yet to make an impact at the NHL level, having gone scoreless in 14 appearances over the past two seasons, but he's looked solid while skating for Columbus' minor-league affiliate, notching 12 goals and 24 points in 45 appearances. The Princeton University product doesn't have a ton of upside, but he could develop into a solid bottom-six contributor for the Blue Jackets at some point down the road.
News: Harrington has received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Harrington held down a regular role for the first time in his NHL career last season, finishing with 17 points in 73 games. A return to a bottom-pairing role seems to be the most likely scenario for the 26-year-old defenseman.
News: Werenski has received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This was the obvious move for Columbus, as the Blue Jackets will now retain Werenski's rights. Expect the two sides to try to hammer out an extension, as Werenski has been a key piece for the Blue Jackets with 128 points in 237 career NHL appearances.
News: The Blue Jackets have extended Murray (back) a qualifying offer, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This news comes as no surprise, as Murray has been a key member of Columbus' blue line since turning pro at the age of 20 in 2013-14, notching 101 points in 320 games while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per contest. The 25-year-old blueliner's name has come up in trade talks of late, so it remains unclear if he'll end up being extended or dealt now that he's been qualified. The second overall pick from the 2012 draft is currently recovering from a back injury and has dealt with health issues throughout his career, which may make the Blue Jackets wary of signing him to a long-term deal.
News: Milano has received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Milano scored 14 goals over 55 games for Columbus in 2018-19 but couldn't carve out a role with the big club last season, finishing with just one point in eight games. This will likely be a make-or-break year for the 2014 first-rounder, as Columbus' notable free agent departures among the forward ranks should clear out plenty of minutes.
News: Korpisalo has received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as Korpisalo is likely to get a crack at the starting job with Sergei Bobrovsky expected to bolt in free agency. Korpisalo burst onto the scene with a .920 save percentage in 31 games as a rookie in 2015-16, but he's failed to recreate that success since, watching his career GAA balloon to 2.89 and his save percentage drop to .907.
News: Sedlak received a qualifying offer from Columbus ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sedlak has already inked a two-year contract to play in the KHL, but this move allows the Blue Jackets to retain his rights should Sedlak one day return to North American hockey.
News: Clendening signed a two-year extension with the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Impact: The first season of the contract will be a two-way deal, while the second year will lock in Clendening's NHL salary because it's one way. Clendening appeared in just four games with the big club last season but also suited up for seven postseason contests.
News: Scott has received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Scott hasn't been able to break into the NHL since turning pro in 2016-17, and he hasn't been overly impressive in the minors, either, totaling 68 points in 206 appearances. The 23-year-old forward will likely once again spend the majority of the upcoming campaign with AHL Cleveland.
News: The Blue Jackets have extended MacInnis a qualifying offer, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: MacInnis spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Cleveland, notching four goals and 24 points in 71 regular-season appearances before adding three points in eight playoff games. The 2014 second-round pick is still only 23 years old, but he's running out of time to prove that he's capable of earning a regular role on an NHL roster. All signs point to MacInnis once again spending the majority of the upcoming season in the minors.
News: Hannikainen signed a one-year, $735,000 extension with the Blue Jackets on Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hannikainen notched four goals and seven points during 44 regular-season contests during the 2018-19 campaign. The 26-year-old Finn will likely slot into a bottom-six role again next season.
News: Lilja signed an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Impact: Lilja beat Saturday's deadline for signing a contract with an NHL squad and should be on hand this fall for Columbus' training camp. He closed out the 2018-19 season as the leading scorer (37 points) for Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League and will now make the trip over the pond to try his hand at hockey's top level.
News: Tarasov will play for Finnish club Assat on loan from Columbus for the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: Tarasov was drafted by the club in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft and earned a three-year, entry-level contract from the Blue Jackets in May. Rather than have the 20-year-old join an already crowded goalie group, the team decided to leave the Russian overseas for another year. Depending on the development of other prospects, Tarasov figures to join up with AHL Cleveland for 2020-21.
News: Sedlak agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Chelyabinsk Traktor (KHL) on Friday.
Impact: Sedlak spent much of the 2018-19 campaign watching from the press box as a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets. In total, the center saw action in just 47 contests, in which he secured four goals, two assists and 43 shots while averaging a mere 9:00 of ice time. The Czech's last appearance for Columbus came March 19 versus Calgary. Considering his lack of minutes, it shouldn't come as a shock to see the 25-year-old move overseas. The team will almost certainly issue Sedlak a qualifying offer this summer if only to retain his player rights should he ever want to return to the NHL.