Columbus Blue Jackets 2014 News and Updates
3/7/14 - Just a week after reactivating him, the Columbus Blue Jackets unloaded right wing Marian Gaborik, sending him to the Los Angeles Kings for wing Matt Frattin and a pair of draft picks – a second rounder and a conditional third rounder. Gaborik, who was a deadline acquisition by the Blue Jackets for last season’s abortive playoff push, had only appeared in 22 games this season, scoring just six goals. The Blue Jackets were involved in one other trade deadline deal this week, picking up defenseman Nick Schultz from Edmonton for a fifth round draft pick. The Jackets are pushing hard for just their second ever playoff appearance; after losing their first game after the Olympic break to New Jersey, they’ve won two straight to move into a seventh place tie with the New York Rangers.
2/28/14 - Without even playing a game since the post-Olympic Games resumption of the National Hockey League’s regular season, the Columbus Blue Jackets received good news this week with the activation of right wing Marian Gaborik off the injured list. Gaborik, acquired at last season’s league trading deadline, had been inactive since suffering a broken collarbone against Philadelphia on December 21, missing 22 games plus representing his home country of Slovakia in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As well, Russian national team – and CBJ – goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has to be happy to be back in Columbus, after a disappointing showing at the Sochi Games.
2/21/14 - Columbus, OH has had no shortage of hockey during the Olympic break. The Blue Jackets sent one coach and four of their players to Sochi (Fedor Tyutin, Artem Anisimov, Nikita Nikitin and Sergei Bobrovsky) to represent Russia in men's hockey, and will welcome them back for practice this weekend. Before the break, the Blue Jackets were on a roll: achieving a franchise record 8-straight games due to increased intensity during power play. Columbus currently sits one point away from securing that final wildcard spot in the East. Can they make a playoff run for the second time in team history? Columbus takes on the Florida Panthers at home on 3/1, and tickets start at $43. Score some Blue Jackets tickets and see if this team has what it takes to compete in the postseason!
1/30/14 – Before the Jackets recently lost three in a row, they were one of the hottest teams in the NHL winning a franchise best seven games in a row. While the team remains above .500, the Jackets will make some changes including adjusting their lines. Cheer on the team as they try to make the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2009. Columbus Blue Jackets tickets saw the biggest bump in price for remaining home game since the start of 2014 (22%). You’ll pay an average of $117 at Nationwide Arena, $13 under the league’s average price.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2013-2014 Season
Columbus Blue Jackets tickets are currently averaging $78, fourth cheapest in the League and second cheapest in the Metropolitan Division behind Carolina Hurricanes tickets. Last year at this time, Blue Jackets tickets had a similar price tag at $85. Like most teams, interest in the Blue Jackets fell and so too did ticket prices with the NHL lockout last year, 16% to be exact to $71. By the start of the 2013 shortened season, Blue Jackets tickets averaged $73. While the price was lower than it had been six months prior, Columbus hockey tickets were up 14% since the 2011-2012 season.
The slight increase in price from last season to now is likely due to the quality of play (the Blue Jackets just missed the 2013 NHL Playoffs via a tiebreaker with the Minnesota Wild) and marquee Divisional matchups. The most expensive game on the Blue Jackets schedule at Nationwide Arena is a late-March matchup Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, averaging $152. In fact, the three most expensive games in Columbus will be against the Penguins – averaging $135 in November and $128 at the end of the calendar year. Columbus will open the preseason at home against the Penguins where tickets are as low as $13 and average $69, half the cost of the top 3 regular season Blue Jackets games.
The Penguins along with the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals make up the new Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference. A must-see NHL game in the Division: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers, the return of Rick Nash. Like the Detroit Red Wings, the Blue Jackets made the jump from the West to the East after the NHL realignment this year.
Recent changes to the Blue Jackets roster include the additions of defenseman David Savard, Mario Gaborik from the New York Rangers, last year’s Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky and former Boston Bruin Nathan Horton.