2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets · NHL
Division 5th Central
Conference 15th Western
2011–12 record 29–46–7 (65 pts.)
Home record 17–21–3
Road record 12–25–4
Goals for 202
Goals against 262
General Manager Scott Howson
Coach Scott Arniel (Oct–Jan)
Todd Richards (Jan–Apr) interim
Captain Rick Nash
Alternate captains Jeff Carter (Oct–Feb)
Derek Dorsett (Feb–Mar)
Vaclav Prospal (Feb-Apr)
R. J. Umberger
Antoine Vermette (Oct–Feb)
James Wisniewski (Oct-Mar)
Arena Nationwide Arena
Average attendance 14,660 (80.8%)
Team Leaders
Goals Rick Nash (30)
Assists Vinny Prospal (39)
Points Rick Nash (59)
Penalties in minutes Derek Dorsett (235)
Wins Steve Mason (16)
Goals against average Curtis Sanford (2.60)
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The 2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets season is the 12th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997.[1] The Blue Jackets finished the season as the last place team the first time in franchise history and marking the third straight year that they missed the playoffs. Despite having the statistically best chance to have the number one draft pick, after their last place finish, they lost the lottery to the Edmonton Oilers and received the second pick in the draft.

The Blue Jackets began the year with the worst start in franchise history and the worst start to an NHL season in 19 years. After an 11–25–5 start head coach Scott Arniel was fired replaced by assistant coach Todd Richards. The poor season prompted several personnel changes including the trade of Jeff Carter, who was acquired with much fanfare during the off-season. With the prospect of another rebuild looming the Blue Jackets' captain and best player, Rick Nash, requested to be traded, though he would remain with the team for the entire season.

The team was involved in a controversial loss to the Los Angeles Kings, when the Staples Center clock appeared to freeze at 1.8 seconds allowing the Kings time to score the tying goal, before winning in overtime. During the season Columbus managed only two winning streaks of three or more games. One of which came towards the end of the year helping the Blue Jackets finish with 65 points, the third worst point total in franchise history.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The acquisition of Jeff Carter was one of Columbus' big moves in the off-season

In the off-season the Blue Jackets' approach to building their team changed, moving from a team of young players developing to one with established players. The first deal general manager Scott Howson made was the acquisition of star forward Jeff Carter. The deal sent one of Columbus' young developing players, Jakub Voracek, and the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for Carter. The trade received a positive response in Columbus from fans and management who felt they finally had a number one center to play alongside of their best player, Rick Nash.[2][3] Next they traded for the negotiating rights of soon to be free agent James Wisniewski.[4] Wisniewski scored a career high 51 points during the 2010–11 season splitting time between the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens.[5] The point total was tied for fifth in the league for defenseman scoring.[6] The Blue Jackets came to terms with Wisniewski an hour prior to the start of free agency signing him to a six-year $33 million dollar deal.[7]

Columbus also traded former first round draft pick Nikita Filatov to the Ottawa Senators for a third round pick in the 2011 draft. Filatov had failed to live up to expectations in Columbus, playing in only 44 games over three seasons scoring six goals.[8][9] Prior to the start of the season the Blue Jackets were questioned for not signing a veteran back-up to starting goaltender Steve Mason. The former Calder Trophy winner had struggled in consecutive seasons and the Blue Jackets signed Mark Dekanich as the back-up who had only 50 minutes of NHL experience prior to the start of the season.[2] Columbus did sign a veteran Curtis Sanford to be their third string goaltender and to start for their American Hockey League affiliate the Springfield Falcons. Sanford had not played in the NHL since 2009.[10] During training camp Dekanich suffered a high ankle sprain that was expected to keep him out of the line-up for a month.[11] Sanford suffered a groin injury, leaving Allen York as the backup.[12] York had only played four professional games, all in the American Hockey League, entering the season.[13]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

October – December[edit | edit source]

Derek MacKenzie takes a face-off against the Vancouver Canucks Manny Malhotra during the December 13 game

After the first 5 games, all losses, Carter suffered a broken foot that kept him out of the line-up for 10 games.[14] With carter out the Blue Jackets had a chance to end their losing streak in a game versus the Ottawa Senators. Columbus held a 3–2 lead with under a minute to play. Jason Spezza tied the game on a late powerplay and with just 4.7 seconds reaming Milan Michalek notched the winning goal for the Senators.[15] The loss helped set a franchise record for futility with a 0–7–1 record to start a season. The losing streak came to an end three days later with a win versus the Detroit Red Wings. During the game several milestones were reached, Wisniewski made his Columbus debut, Ryan Johansen and John Moore scored their first career NHL goals, and Grant Clitsome had a career high three assists.[16] Columbus was unable to create any momentum from the win and continued to struggle, culminating in a 2–12–1 record, which was the worst start to an NHL season in 19 years.[17] With the team struggling management attempted to "shake things up" by making some roster moves.[18] The first move was the acquisition of second year center Mark Letestu from the Pittsburgh Penguins, next they traded defenseman Kris Russell, to the St. Louis Blues for defenseman Nikita Nikitin.[19][20] As the clubs slow start continued rumors were that they would fire head coach Scott Arniel and replace him with Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock had previous coached the Blue Jackets to their only playoff appearance in club history and was still under contract with the franchise through the end of the season. Before any of these rumors came to fruition the Blues asked Columbus for permission to hire Hitchcock, the Blue Jackets agreed and St Louis proceeded to hire him.[21] Hitchcock began his Blues coaching career with a 6–1–2 record in his first 9 games, while Columbus amassed a 6–13–3 record to start the season.[22]

During the same time frame as the Hitchcock rumors Sanford returned from his groin injury on November 13.[23] He made his first start of the season against the Boston Bruins, losing 2–1 in a shootout.[24] Sanford continued his strong play going 3–1–2 record, 1.38 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.[10] Sanford started 12 consecutive games before Mason made is next start. The number of starts might not have been as numerous, but prior to the November 23 game Mason was hit in the head by a Nash shot during pre-game warm-ups and suffered a concussion.[25] Mason returned from his concussion after two games making a start against the Vancouver Canucks. Mason allowed only one goal in the game despite suffering from cramping in the third period, temporarily being replaced by Sanford for just over three minutes. Columbus won the game 2–1 in a shootout breaking a 9 game losing streak to the Canucks. After the game Arniel stated that Sanford was still seen as the team's number one goaltender.[26] However, Mason started four of the next six games with the Blue Jackets going 0–5–1 during that stretch.

January – February[edit | edit source]

Trade rumors surrounded Rick Nash during the season

With the losing continuing more rumors began to surface. Unlike before the rumors were about player moves rather than coaching changes. The majority of rumors were that the Blue Jackets would trade Nash. While Howson stated that he had never brought up trading Nash in discussions, other teams had inquired about his availability.[27] Nash stated that if Columbus felt it would make the franchise better than he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause.[28] Howson publicly stated that he had no intention of trading Nash. More rumors came to light when reports attributed to RDS stated that Carter was unhappy in Columbus and demanded a trade. Howson, Carter, and his agent all denied that a trade request was ever made and they were unsure where the reports were coming from.[29] With the trade dead line approaching speculation picked up on the Blue Jackets trading Carter, reports were that Columbus was trying to trade Carter and that he was "100 percent available".[30]

At the half way point of the season with the Blue Jackets barley into double digit wins with an 11–25–5 record, worst in the league, and sitting 20 points out of playoff position, Columbus fired Arniel. He was replaced by assistant coach Todd Richards on an interim basis. Richards previously coached the Minnesota Wild.[31] He recorded his first coaching victory for the Blue Jackets in his second game a 4–3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.[32] The change in coaching did not change the fortunes of the team as they reached the All-Star break with a 13–30–6 record. At the break Blue Jackets' owner John P. McConnell sent out a letter to fans stating his understanding of their frustration. He added that action would be taken around the trade deadline, the Entry Draft, and free agency to indicate the new direction of the team. When speaking of the season McConnell stated "disappointing is not a strong enough word" and that he was committed to giving fans a team of which they can be proud of. He also thanked them for their dedication and passion, while reiterating that the team goal was to "win consistently and compete for the Stanley Cup".[33] Days later a 250 person protest occurred outside of Nationwide Arena. Fans were upset with the Blue Jackets' management and were calling for changes at the top.[34] The same day the fans protested it was announced that the franchise would host the 2013 All-Star Game.[35] Columbus was without a representative for the 2012 All-star game, but Johansen represent the club as a rookie participant in the super skills competition.[36] In the competition Johansen participated in the "Allstate Insurance NHL Breakaway Challenge", a shootout themed event judged by the fans. He received just 1% of the vote and finished last.[37]

The Staples Center clock (score board shown) appeared to freeze costing the Blue Jackets a standings point

Following the break the Blue Jackets were on the road playing the Los Angeles Kings, with the game tie late in the game Kings' defenseman Drew Doughty scored with just 0.4 seconds reaming to win the game. Upon review of the goal it was determined that the clock at Staples Center froze at 1.8 seconds for over a full second, which would have resulted in time expiring prior to the goal being scored. Kings' GM Dean Lombardi stated that the clock was correct and no extra time had been added, due to the way the clock self corrects at various times. Howson stated the team's blog that "It is an amazing coincidence that with the Kings on a power play at Staples Center and with a mad scramble around our net in the dying seconds of the third period of a 2–2 hockey game that the clock stopped for at least one full second" adding that "Either there was a deliberate stopping of the clock or the clock malfunctioned." Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell stated that the Blue Jackets were wronged but that the outcome of the game could not be changed and that the delay was not noticed by the off-ice officials or the situation room in Toronto. To determine the true cause of the clock pause the NHL launched an investigation, talking with the clocks' manufacturer and interviewing the Staples Center staff.[38][39]

Two weeks prior to the NHL trade deadline Columbus announced that unlike earlier in the season they would listen to trade proposes involving Nash, though they were not actively shopping him. Howson stated that the team was open to all options for improving the team, including trading Nash. Speculation was that in return for Nash the Blue Jackets would ask for a "combination of young, proven players, high-end prospects and draft picks".[40][41] Leading up to the trade deadline the Blue Jackets dealt Antoine Vermette to the Coyotes for two draft picks and goaltender Curtis McElhinney. Despite being injured at the time, the acquisition of McElhinney was believed to give Columbus the flexibility to trade Sanford.[42] The following day on February, 23 Columbus traded Carter to the Kings. In the deal Columbus acquired defenseman Jack Johnson and a first round draft pick. The Blue Jackets were given a choice of either taking the pick in 2012 or 2013.[43] At the deadline Columbus was unable to come to terms on a deal involving Nash, but did make one more move.[44] The Blue Jackets sent center Samuel Pahlsson to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two fourth round draft picks and minor league defenseman Taylor Ellington.[45] Following the trade deadline Howson announced that the team had attempted to trade Nash at the player's request. Nash stated that he had requested the trade after being informed that the franchise was going into another rebuilding phase. He further noted that he felt that he "could be a huge part of that towards bringing assets in," and in his view "it was the best thing for the team, the organization, and personally for [his] career."[46] After the personnel changes the Blue Jackets closed out the month with a three game losing streak.

March – April[edit | edit source]

The Blue Jackets playing the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena on February 18, 2012

Columbus started March with a 2–0 shutout against the Colorado Avalanche.[47] They proceeded to win their next game against the Phoenix Coyotes 5–2 which marked the first time that the Blue Jackets posted back to back regulation victories.[48] Columbus again defeated the Coyotes three days later to earn their first three game win streak of the season.[49] They extended the streak to four with a win over the Kings before it came to an end with a 4–1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. It was the only four game win streak of the season for the Blue Jackets.[50] They immediately matched their four game win streak with a four game losing streak and with 10 games reaming the Blue Jackets were the first team eliminated from playoff contention.[51] Shortly after being eliminated they were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers 6–3, the loss clinched last place in the NHL for Columbus.[52] It was the first time in franchise history the Blue Jackets finished in 30th place.[53]

Three days later, on March 28 Mason was injured in the morning skate when a shot from Colton Gillies hit him in the mask. With Sanford again injured, York was forced to make an emergency start. Playing against the Detroit Red Wings York made 29 saves including 17 in the third period helping Columbus to a 4–2 victory and giving York his first career NHL win.[54] York remained the starter and led the Blue Jackets to a second three game winning streak. In his fourth start Columbus was shutout by the Coyotes despite a franchise record 54 shots on goal losing 2–0.[55] The 54 saves by Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith set an NHL record for a regulation shutout.[56] Mason returned to the starters roll the final two games, winning both. The two victories gave Columbus 65 points for the year, their third lowest total in franchise history.[57]

Post-season[edit | edit source]

Finishing with the worst record in the NHL Columbus had the best chance of receiving the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. With the NHL's weighted draft lottery the Blue Jackets had a 48.2% chance of drafting first overall. However, the lottery was won by the Oilers who proceeded to leapfrog Columbus and secure the number one draft pick for a third consecutive year. It was the fifth time that the Blue Jackets were dropped one draft position in the franchises twelve lottery participations.[58]

A month later, on May 14, the blue Jackets announced that Richards would remain as head coach and signed him to a two-year contract. During the press conference Howson noted "Our team continuously improved under Todd and he has earned the opportunity to build upon the work he started." Columbus posted an 18–21–2 record under Richards including winning seven of their final eleven games.[59]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Central Division[60]

1 y - St. Louis Blues 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
2 Nashville Predators 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
3 Detroit Red Wings 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
4 Chicago Blackhawks 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65

Western Conference[61]

1 p – Vancouver Canucks * NW 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 111
2 y – St. Louis Blues * CE 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
3 y – Phoenix Coyotes * PA 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
4 Nashville Predators CE 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
5 Detroit Red Wings CE 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
6 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
7 San Jose Sharks PA 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
9 Calgary Flames NW 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 90
10 Dallas Stars PA 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
11 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 88
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 81
13 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
14 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 74
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65
Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific ROW: Total of games won in regulation or overtime, not shootout.

* – Division leader, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)

Schedule and results[edit | edit source]

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • Silver background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2011–12 Game Log

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals 

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Nash, RickRick Nash 82 30 29 59 −19 40
Prospal, VinnyVinny Prospal 82 16 39 55 −11 36
Brassard, DerickDerick Brassard 74 14 27 41 −20 42
Umberger, R. J.R. J. Umberger 77 20 20 40 −10 27
Nikitin, NikitaNikita Nikitin 54 7 25 32 −5 14
Wisniewski, JamesJames Wisniewski 48 6 21 27 −13 37
Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette 60 8 19 27 −17 12
Tyutin, FedorFedor Tyutin 66 5 21 26 −21 49
Carter, JeffJeff Carter 39 15 10 25 −11 14
Letestu, MarkMark Letestu 51 11 13 24 −3 6
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen 67 9 12 21 -2 24
Dorsett, DerekDerek Dorsett 77 12 8 20 −11 235
Johnson, AaronAaron Johnson 56 3 13 16 −12 26
MacKenzie, DerekDerek MacKenzie 66 7 7 14 4 40
Atkinson, CamCam Atkinson 27 7 7 14 1 14
Johnson, JackJack Johnson 21 4 10 14 5 15
Clitsome, GrantGrant Clitsome 51 4 10 14 −6 24
Pahlsson, SamuelSamuel Pahlsson 61 2 9 11 −6 22
Savard, DavidDavid Savard 31 2 8 10 0 16
Methot, MarcMarc Methot 46 1 6 7 −11 24
Moore, JohnJohn Moore 67 2 5 7 −23 8
Gillies, ColtonColton Gillies 38 2 4 6 −4 25
Lebda, BrettBrett Lebda 30 1 3 4 −1 14
Boyce, DarrylDarryl Boyce 20 0 3 3 −5 19
Boll, JaredJared Boll 54 2 1 3 −8 126
Calvert, MattMatt Calvert 13 0 3 3 −5 16
Russell, KrisKris Russell 12 2 1 3 −1 13
Russell, RyanRyan Russell 41 2 0 2 −7 2
Mayorov, MaksimMaksim Mayorov 10 1 1 2 −3 2
Kubalik, TomasTomas Kubalik 8 1 1 2 −3 6
Giroux, AlexandreAlexandre Giroux 9 1 0 1 −2 8
Martinek, RadekRadek Martinek 7 1 0 1 −3 0
Bass, CodyCody Bass 14 0 1 1 0 32
Huselius, KristianKristian Huselius 2 0 0 0 −2 2
Joudrey, AndrewAndrew Joudrey 1 0 0 0 0 0
Byers, DaneDane Byers 8 0 0 0 0 29
Goloubef, CodyCody Goloubef 1 0 0 0 1 0
Prout, DaltonDalton Prout 5 0 0 0 1 0

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Mason, SteveSteve Mason 46 2534 16 26 3 143 3.39 1355 .894 1 0 2 2
Sanford, CurtisCurtis Sanford 36 1983 10 18 4 86 2.60 971 .911 1 0 0 0
York, AllenAllen York 11 417 3 2 0 16 2.30 199 .920 0 0 0 0
Hunwick, ShawnShawn Hunwick 1 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 .000 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Blue Jackets. Stats reflect time with the Blue Jackets only.
Traded mid-season
Italics denotes franchise record

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Cam Atkinson 1st Career NHL Game October 7, 2011
Ryan Johansen 1st Career NHL Game October 7, 2011
David Savard 1st Career NHL Game October 7, 2011
Cam Atkinson 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
October 10, 2011
David Savard 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 15, 2011
Ryan Johansen 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 22, 2011
Rick Nash 600th Career NHL Game October 22, 2011
Fedor Tyutin 500th Career NHL Game October 22, 2011
Ryan Johansen 1st Career NHL Goal October 25, 2011
John Moore 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
October 25, 2011
Allen York 1st Career NHL Game October 25, 2011
Rick Nash 500th Career NHL Point November 10, 2011
Antoine Vermette 300th Career NHL Point November 19, 2011
Derek Dorsett 200th Career NHL Game November 23, 2011
Vaclav Prospal 1,000th Career NHL Game November 25, 2011
Jared Boll 300th Career NHL Game November 27, 2011
Vaclav Prospal 700th Career NHL Point December 1, 2011
R.J. Umberger 500th Career NHL Game December 2, 2011
Mark Letestu 100th Career NHL Game December 10, 2011
John Moore 1st Career NHL Assist December 29, 2011
Ryan Russell 1st Career NHL Game January 7, 2012
Tomas Kubalik 1st Career NHL Goal January 13, 2012
Ryan Russell 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
January 13, 2012
Steve Mason 200th Career NHL Game January 31, 2012
Andrew Joudrey 1st Career NHL Game February 1, 2012
David Savard 1st Career NHL Goal February 7, 2012
Colton Gillies 100th Career NHL Game February 11, 2012
Cam Atkinson 1st Career NHL Assist February 26, 2012
R.J. Umberger 300th Career NHL Point March 3, 2012
Cam Atkinson 1st Career NHL Hat-trick March 5, 2012
Maksim Mayorov 1st Career NHL Assist March 8, 2012
Jack Johnson 100th Career NHL Assist March 23, 2012
Allen York 1st Career NHL Win March 28, 2012
Dalton Prout 1st Career NHL Game March 31, 2012
Cody Goloubef 1st Career NHL Game March 31, 2012
Nikita Nikitin 100th Career NHL Game April 3, 2012
Derick Brassard 100th Career NHL Assist April 7, 2012
Shawn Hunwick 1st Career NHL Game April 7, 2012

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Blue Jackets have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

June 23, 2011[62] To Philadelphia Flyers
Jakub Voracek
1st-round pick (#8 overall) in 2011
3rd-round pick (#68 overall) in 2011
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Jeff Carter
June 25, 2011[63] To Ottawa Senators
Nikita Filatov
To Columbus Blue Jackets
3rd-round pick (#66 overall) in 2011
June 29, 2011[64] To Montreal Canadiens
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2012
To Columbus Blue Jackets
James Wisniewski (negotiating rights)
July 7, 2011[65] To Montreal Canadiens
Mike Blunden
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Russell
November 8, 2011[66] To Pittsburgh Penguins
4th-round pick in 2012
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Mark Letestu
November 10, 2011[67] To St. Louis Blues
Kris Russell
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Nikita Nikitin
February 22, 2012[68] To Phoenix Coyotes
Antoine Vermette
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Curtis McElhinney
2nd-round pick in 2012
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2013
February 23, 2012[69] To Los Angeles Kings
Jeff Carter
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Jack Johnson
Conditional 1st-round pick in 2012 or 2013
February 27, 2012[70] To Vancouver Canucks
Samuel Pahlsson
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Taylor Ellington
Two 4th-round picks in 2012

Free agents signed[edit | edit source]

Player Former team Contract terms
Andrew Joudrey[71] Hershey Bears 2 years, $1.175 million
Nicholas Drazenovic[71] St. Louis Blues 1 year, $550,000
Mark Dekanich[72] Nashville Predators 1 year, $575,000
Curtis Sanford[72] Hamilton Bulldogs 1 year, $600,000
Alexandre Giroux[73] Edmonton Oilers 1 year, $825,000
Aaron Johnson[74] Milwaukee Admirals 1 year, $550,000
Radek Martinek[75] New York Islanders 1 year, $2.2 million
Dane Byers[76] San Antonio Rampage 1 year, $550,000
Martin St. Pierre[76] Karpat 1 year, $600,000
Cody Bass[77] Ottawa Senators 1 year, $600,000
Vinny Prospal[78] New York Rangers 1 year, $1.75 million
Brett Lebda[79] Springfield Falcons 1 year, $700,000
Shawn Hunwick[80] University of Michigan 1 year, $525,000 entry-level contract

Free agents lost[edit | edit source]

Player New team Contract terms
Gustaf Wesslau[81] Djurgårdens IF 1 year
Scottie Upshall[82] Florida Panthers 4 years, $14 million
Mathieu Garon[83] Tampa Bay Lightning 2 years, $2.6 million
Mike Commodore[84] Detroit Red Wings 1 year, $1 million
Jan Hejda[85] Colorado Avalanche 4 years, $13 million
Trevor Frischmon[86] New York Islanders 1 year, $615,000
Kyle Wilson[87] Nashville Predators 2 years, $1.1 million
Ben Guite[88] San Jose Sharks 1 year, $525,000
Sami Lepisto[89] Chicago Blackhawks 1 year, $750,000
Andrew Murray[90] San Jose Sharks 1 year, $575,000
Ethan Moreau[91] Los Angeles Kings 1 year, $600,000
Anton Stralman[92] New York Rangers 1 year, $900,000

Claimed via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Colton Gillies[93] Minnesota Wild January 14, 2012
Darryl Boyce[94] Toronto Maple Leafs February 25, 2012

Lost via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player New team Date claimed off waivers
Grant Clitsome[95] Winnipeg Jets February 27, 2012

Lost via retirement[edit | edit source]


Player signings[edit | edit source]

Player Date Contract terms
Grant Clitsome[96] June 10, 2011 2 years, $2.5 million
Nick Holden[97] June 20, 2011 1 year, $675,000
Mike Blunden[98] June 29, 2011 1 year, $615,000
Dalton Prout[99] July 1, 2011 3 years, $1.995 million entry-level contract
James Wisniewski[100] July 1, 2011 6 years, $33 million
Marc Methot[101] July 5, 2011 4 years, $12 million
Dalton Smith[102] August 8, 2011 3 years, $2.3775 million entry-level contract
Ryan Russell[102] August 8, 2011 1 year, $525,000
Fedor Tyutin[103] August 31, 2011 6 years, $27 million contract extension
R.J. Umberger[104] September 21, 2011 5 years, $23 million contract extension
Vaclav Prospal[105] February 8, 2012 1 year, $2.5 million contract extension
Boone Jenner[106] March 28, 2012 3 years, $2.4275 million entry-level contract
Sean Collins[107] March 28, 2012 2 years, $1.25 million entry-level contract
Will Weber[108] April 6, 2012 2 years, $1.325 million entry-level contract
Cody Bass[109] April 9, 2012 1 year, $700,000 contract extension
Jake Hansen[110] April 12, 2012 2 years, $1.27 million entry-level contract
Nick Drazenovic[111] April 26, 2012 1 year, $600,000 contract extension
Michael Chaput[112] April 28, 2012 3 years, $2.12 million entry-level contract
Austin Madaisky[113] May 19, 2012 3 years, $1.865 million entry-level contract
Derek Dorsett[114] May 23, 2012 3 years, $4.9 million contract extension
Ryan Russell[115] May 24, 2012 1 year, $700,000 contract extension
Derek MacKenzie[116] May 31, 2012 2 years, contract extension

2011 Draft picks[edit | edit source]

Columbus' picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 37 Boone Jenner C Flag of Canada Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
3 66 (from Ottawa) Thomas Tynan C Flag of the United States United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish (CCHA)
4 98 Mike Reilly D Flag of the United States United States Shattuck-Saint Mary's (Midget Major AAA)
5 128 Seth Ambroz RW Flag of the United States United States Omaha Lancers (USHL)
6 158 Lukas Sedlak C Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic C.Budejovice Jr. (CZREP-JR.)
7 188 Anton Forsberg G Flag of Sweden Sweden Modo Jr. (Swe-Jr.)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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  62. Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire All-Star Center Jeff Carter from Philadelphia Flyers
  63. Columbus Blue Jackets Select Six Players on Second Day of 2011 Entry Draft
  64. Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Rights to Defenseman James Wisniewski from the Montreal Canadiens For A 2012 Seventh Round Draft Pick
  65. Blue Jackets Acquire Russell from Canadiens
  66. Letestu Acquired from Penguins
  67. Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Defenseman Nikita Nikitin from the St. Louis Blues in Exchange for Defenseman Kris Russell
  68. Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Two Draft Picks, G Curtis McElhinney from Phoenix Coyotes for C Antoine Vermette
  69. Blue Jackets Acquire D Jack Johnson and First Round Draft Pick from Los Angeles Kings for C Jeff Carter
  70. Blue Jackets Acquire Two Picks and D Taylor Ellington from Vancouver in Exchange for C Samuel Pahlsson
  71. 71.0 71.1 Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Forwards Andrew Joudrey, Nicholas Drazenovic to Two-Way NHL/AHL Contracts
  72. 72.0 72.1 Columbus Blue Jackets Agree to Terms with Goaltenders Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford
  73. Blue Jackets Sign LW Alexandre Giroux
  74. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Aaron Johnson
  75. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Radek Martinek
  76. 76.0 76.1 Blue Jackets Sign Forwards Dane Byers and Martin St. Pierre to One-Year, Two-Way NHL-AHL Contracts
  77. Blue Jackets Sign Center Cody Bass
  78. Blue Jackets Sign Vinny Prospal
  79. Blue Jackets D Radek Martinek to Miss Rest of the Season, Club Signs D Brett Lebda to One-Year Contract
  80. Blue Jackets Sign Shawn Hunwick to One-Year Contract
  81. Gustaf Wesslau returning to Djurgarden (Swedish). Djurgårdens IF (2011-05-02). Retrieved on 2011-07-08.
  82. Panthers Sign LW Scottie Upshall
  83. Lightning Sign Free Agent Goaltender Mathieu Garon
  84. Wings sign Commodore to one-year
  85. Avalanche Signs Jan Hejda
  86. Islanders Agree to Terms with Frischmon
  87. Preds Sign Forward Kyle Wilson
  88. Veteran Ben Guite Signs With Sharks
  89. Blackhawks agree to terms with Michael Frolik, Sami Lepisto
  90. Sharks Sign Center Andrew Murray
  91. Kings Sign Moreau to One-Year Deal
  92. Rangers add defenseman Stralman
  93. Columbus Blue Jackets Claim Left Wing Colton Gillies Off Waivers from the Minnesota Wild
  94. Columbus Blue Jackets Claim C Darryl Boyce Off Waivers from Toronto Maple Leafs
  95. Jets claim Grant Clitsome off waivers
  96. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Grant Clitsome to Two-Year Contract
  97. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Nick Holden to One-Year, Two-Way NHL-American Hockey League Contract
  98. Jackets Sign Forward Mike Blunden
  99. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Dalton Prout to Standard Three-Year Entry Level Contract
  100. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman James Wisniewski to a Six-Year Contract
  101. Columbus Blue Jackets Agree Terms with Defenseman Marc Methot on a Four-Year Contract
  102. 102.0 102.1 Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Forwards Dalton Smith and Ryan Russell
  103. Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Fedor Tyutin to Six-Year Contract Extension
  104. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Forward R.J. Umberger to a Five-Year Contract Extension through the 2016–17 Season
  105. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Left Wing Vinny Prospal to One-Year Contact Extension
  106. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Center Boone Jenner to A Three-Year Entry Level Contract
  107. Blue Jackets Sign Forward Sean Collins to Two-Year Entry Level Contract
  108. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign D Will Weber to Standard Two-Year Entry Level Contract
  110. Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Forward Jake Hansen to Standard Two-Year Entry Level Contract
  111. Blue Jackets Sign Forward Nick Drazenovic
  112. Blue Jackets Ink Prospect Michael Chaput to Three-Year Entry Level Contract
  113. Jackets Sign D Austin Madaisky to Entry Level Contract
  114. Columbus Blue Jackets Re-Sign Right Wing Derek Dorsett
  115. Columbus Blue Jackets Re-Sign Center Ryan Russell
  116. Blue Jackets Re-Sign Center Derek MacKenzie To A Two-Year Contract
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