Columbus Blue Jackets Extend Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins

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The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to a five-year, $27 million contract extension. He still has one year left in his two-year, $8 million contract signed in 2020, making him a signed player until 2027. The new contract carries a $5.54 million AAV starting in the 2022-23 season and has a 10-team no-trade […] READ MORE


Puck Drop Preview: 2021-22 Columbus Blue Jackets

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Welcome to our latest series here at Last Word on Hockey. The Puck Drop Preview series takes you through each team as the season is fast approaching. The preview will focus on the narratives surrounding the team ending last year, during the offseason, and heading into the 2021-22 season. Puck Drop Preview also focuses on […] READ MORE


Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks Has Passed Away

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Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has tragically passed away at the age of 24. Reports out of Latvia broke the news of his untimely passing on Sunday. Since then, the Columbus Blue Jackets have released a club statement. #CBJ statement on Kivlenieks’ passing pic.twitter.com/iig3UU7Iwk — Alison (@AlisonL) July 5, 2021 Matiss Kivlenieks Has Died […] READ MORE


Columbus Blue Jackets Lose Joonas Korpisalo For Season

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost goaltender Joonas Korpisalo for the remainder of the season due to an injury. This comes at a time where the Jackets are already in last place in the Central Division and have very little hope of salvaging a respectable season. The team announced the news Tuesday morning. The Blue […] READ MORE


NHL Rumours: Winnipeg Jets, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres

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Hello and welcome to a regular Sunday edition of NHL Rumours! The trade deadline is only a month or so away and teams are busy planning. Rosters are constantly changing due to injuries and illnesses, which means there could be plenty happening over the next few weeks. Check with Last Word on Hockey frequently for […] READ MORE


Elvis Merzlikins Injury Forces Him on IR

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Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins has been placed on IR. He suffered an upper body injury during practice on Wednesday and is day to day. Matiss Kivlenieks has been elevated from the taxi squad. UPDATE: The Blue Jackets have placed G Elvis Merzlikins on Injured Reserve and have elevated G Matiss Kivlenieks from the […] READ MORE



Unlikely Columbus Blue Jackets Playoff Heroes

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Post-season heroes come in all forms from the star player to the unknown fourth-liner. We all know the exploits of the great playoff performers. However, we hardly hear about the unlikely playoff heroes. These unlikely post-season stars can contribute in many ways. Contributions could be for an entire playoff run, a series, a game, or […] READ MORE



Columbus Blue Jackets Elvis Merzlikins Out

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that goaltender Elvis Merzlikins is out. The nature of the injury or other ailment is unknown at this time. We also don’t know how long he will be absent. Blue Jackets reporter Jeff Svoboda reported the update from coach John Tortorella late Monday morning. Tortorella on Elvis Merzlikins: "He's […] READ MORE