BLUE JACKETS FRANCHISE TIMELINE
Nov. 1, 1996 – Columbus Hockey Limited, a partnership formed by five investors interested in attracting a National Hockey League expansion team to Columbus, Ohio, submits an application and a $100,000 fee to the NHL office.
Jan. 13, 1997 – Columbus Hockey Limited makes a formal presentation to the NHL in New York.
May 31, 1997 – Nationwide Insurance announces plans to privately finance a $150 million arena in downtown Columbus.
June 25, 1997 – The NHL awards the city of Columbus an expansion franchise along with Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Ga., and St. Paul, Minn.
Nov. 11, 1997 – Team officials announce that the name of the franchise will be the Blue Jackets, celebrating patriotism, pride and the rich Civil War history in the state of Ohio and, more specifically, the city of Columbus.
Feb. 11, 1998 – Doug MacLean, who led the Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996 as the team’s head coach, is named general manager of the Blue Jackets. Shortly after he would also accept the role as the organization's president.
May 26, 1998 – Ground is broken in downtown Columbus on the site of Nationwide Arena, future home of the Blue Jackets.
Sept. 30, 1999 – The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League is named the minor-league affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Oct. 14, 1999 – The team unveils its home and road jerseys with Mike Emrick, television voice of the New Jersey Devils, presiding over the event. Over 4,000 enthusiastic fans attend the unveiling at the Easton Town Center.
Mar. 29, 2000 – The team announces the formation of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, a grant-making public charity that will orchestrate the team's community development and fund-raising programs.
May 1, 2000 – Team officials meet with NHL executives in New York and it is determined that the Blue Jackets have met all requirements for admission into the league, including the sale of over 12,000 season tickets. As a recognized franchise, the Blue Jackets may now officially actively participate in all NHL-related matters.
May 4, 2000 – The Blue Jackets sign the first player in the history of the organization, Niagara University goaltender Greg Gardner.
May 11, 2000 – The Blue Jackets negotiate the first trade in the history of the organization, sending their fourth and ninth round picks in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft to the New York Islanders for forward Chris Nielsen.
June 23, 2000 – The Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild participate in the 2000 Expansion Draft in Calgary, Alberta.
June 24-25, 2000 – The Blue Jackets select 11 players in their first Entry Draft at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. With the first pick in team history, the club tabs Brampton Battalion defenseman Rostislav Klesla with the fourth overall pick. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
July 3-4, 2000 – Columbus makes its first significant splash in the free agent market by signing defenseman Lyle Odelein and goaltender Ron Tugnutt on back-to-back days.
July 5, 2000 – The Blue Jackets name former Calgary Flames and Team Canada bench boss Dave King as the first head coach in team history. Shortly thereafter, Newell Brown is named associate coach, Gerard Gallant assistant coach and Rick Wamsley goaltending coach.
Sept. 8, 2000 – The Blue Jackets open their training camp at the CoreComm Ice Haus, the only practice facility in the NHL housed where the team plays its games.
Sept. 8-9, 2000 – The grand opening of Nationwide Arena takes place and features a pair of sold out concerts by country music superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Sept. 15, 2000 – Columbus plays its first preseason game at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. The Penguins defeat the Blue Jackets 3-2. Martin Spanhel scores the "unofficial" first goal in team history.
Oct. 7, 2000 – Welcome to the NHL Columbus! The Blue Jackets jump out to a 3-0 first period lead, but suffer a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks before a sellout crowd of 18,136 in their inaugural NHL game. Bruce Gardiner scores the first goal in team history at 7:34 of the first period.
Oct. 12, 2000 – Kevyn Adams scores two goals, including the game-winner at 4:13 of the second period, as the Blue Jackets post the first win in franchise history with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Oct. 27, 2000 – Marc Denis makes 32 saves to lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The win is the first in club history at Nationwide Arena.
Dec. 18, 2000 – Ron Tugnutt makes 27 saves to record the first shutout in team history in a 2-0 win over the Canadiens at the Molson Centre in Montreal.
Feb. 10, 2001 – Geoff Sanderson collects the first hat trick in team history as he scores all of the Blue Jackets’ goals in a 3-1 win over Nashville at Nationwide Arena.
Mar. 19, 2001 – David Vyborny becomes the first rookie in NHL history to score a pair of penalty shot goals in one season when he beats Nashville's Tomas Vokoun. He also scored on Chicago's Robbie Tallas on Oct. 15.
Mar. 24, 2001 – Espen Knutsen sets a club record for assists and points in a game with five in a 6-4 win over the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena.
Apr. 8, 2001 – Ron Tugnutt makes 29 saves to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime and picks up his 22nd win of the season to set a new NHL record for wins by a goaltender on an expansion team.
June 23-24, 2001 – The Blue Jackets select 11 players, including Montreal Rocket goaltender Pascal Leclaire with the eighth overall pick, at the 2001 Entry Draft at National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, FL. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
Sept. 16, 2001 – The Blue Jackets hold a "Red, White & Blue" scrimmage at Nationwide Arena to raise money for victims of the 9/11 tragedies. Members of the Columbus Police and Fire Department hockey teams collect nearly $35,000 at the event.
Oct. 4-8, 2001 – The Blue Jackets are fit to be tied as the club opens its second NHL season with three consecutive ties. Columbus battles St. Louis to a 3-3 tie at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 4 and then comes away with 3-3 and 2-2 stalemates in a home-and-home series against Philadelphia.
Nov. 21, 2001 – Columbus plays the first game in team history that ends in a scoreless tie following regulation play. However, Luc Robitaille's goal at 4:17 of overtime gives Detroit at 1-0 win. Columbus would suffer a similar fate vs. Nashville on Feb. 9.
Feb. 2, 2002 – Espen Knutsen becomes the first player to represent the Blue Jackets at the All-Star Game. He tallies a goal and an assist to help the World Team to an 8-5 win over the North American squad at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. He is also the first native of Norway to play in the game.
Feb. 8, 2002 – David Vyborny’s third period goal lifts the Blue Jackets past league-leading Detroit and gives Columbus its first-ever win at Joe Louis Arena. The loss was one of just seven suffered by the eventual Stanley Cup champions at home.
Mar. 16, 2002 – Brittanie Cecil, 13, is struck by a deflected puck while attending the Blue Jackets game against the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena. She dies two days later becoming the first fan fatality in the NHL's 85-year history. The Blue Jackets honor her memory by wearing a heart shaped decal with her initials "BNC" on their helmets for the remainder of the season.
Apr. 12, 2002 – The Blue Jackets beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-4 in overtime in the final home game of the 2001-02 season. The 18,136 fans in attendance mark the club's 56th-consecutive sellout at Nationwide Arena.
June 22-23, 2002 – The Blue Jackets, who are expected to select third overall at the 2002 Entry Draft at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, trade up to get the first overall pick and use it to select London Knights left wing Rick Nash. An active draft weekend finds the Blue Jackets making five trades and selecting 13 players at the 2002 Entry Draft at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
June 27, 2002 – The Blue Jackets' arrival in Columbus is voted the top moment in Columbus sports history by fans it is announced at "Columbus Celebrates Sports," a fund-raising event hosted by the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau to kick off the newly formed Columbus Sports Commission.
Sept. 16-2002 – For the first time, the Blue Jackets conduct a portion of training camp outside Columbus, traveling to Cahill Stadium in Summerside, PEI, Canada for five days of practices and scrimmages.
Oct. 10, 2002 – The Blue Jackets win their season and home-openers for the first time in club history, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 at Nationwide Arena. Rick Nash becomes the eighth first overall NHL draft pick, and first since Eric Lindros in 1991, to score a goal in his first NHL game.
Oct. 19, 2002 – Columbus’ home sellout streak of 58 consecutive games is snapped as a crowd of 17,424 is on hand to watch the Blue Jackets beat Florida 4-1 at Nationwide Arena. The streak began on Jan. 27, 2001 vs. Anaheim and ended on Oct. 14, 2002 vs. Phoenix.
Jan. 7, 2003 – The Blue Jackets fire head coach Dave King. President and General Manager Doug MacLean replaces him as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Jan. 8-11, 2003 – Columbus posts three-straight road wins for the first time in team history, beating Minnesota (2-1 on Jan. 8), Vancouver (3-2 on Jan. 10) and Calgary (7-2 on Jan. 11) in Doug MacLean's first three games behind the bench.
Feb. 1, 2003 – Rick Nash and Rostislav Klesla play in the Topps/NHL YoungStars Game during All-Star Weekend in Sunrise, FL. Nash notches 2-1-3 in the contest.
Feb. 2, 2003 – Ray Whitney becomes the second Blue Jacket to play in the All-Star Game and tallies 0-1-1 to help the Western Conference to a 6-5 win at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, FL.
Mar. 20, 2003 – Tyler Wright scores three goals in a 4-3 OT win vs. Toronto to become the first player in Blue Jackets history to record two hat tricks in a season. He also scored three times in a 5-1 win vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 2002.
Mar. 29, 2003 – Geoff Sanderson becomes the first player in team history to score four goals in a game in a 6-4 win at Calgary. Sanderson adds an assist and Andrew Cassels tallies 1-4-5 as each ties the club record for points in a game.
Apr. 4, 2003 – During the third period vs. Detroit, Marc Denis breaks the NHL single season record for minutes played by a goaltender (4,433 by New Jersey's Martin Brodeur in 1995-96). He finishes the season with a new standard of 4,511.
June 21-22, 2003 – Columbus selects 10 players, including right wing Nikolai Zherdev with the fourth overall pick, at the 2003 Entry Draft at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, TN. Parma-native Dan Fritsche becomes the first Ohio-born player drafted by the Blue Jackets when the club selects him in the second round, 46th overall. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
Oct. 9, 2003 – The Blue Jackets open on the road for the first time in club history, suffering a 2-1 defeat against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Oct. 11 – 16, 2003 – Marc Denis made 25 saves as the Blue Jackets posted their first shutout in a home opener with a 5-0 win against the New York Rangers. Coupled with wins against Vancouver and Chicago, the Blue Jackets open the season 3-0 at Nationwide Arena.
Oct. 13, 2003 – The Blue Jackets' "Third Jersey" is unveiled during a ceremony outside of Nationwide Arena. Later that night, the Blue Jackets defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in their first game wearing the "Third Jersey."
Jan. 1, 2004 – Gerard Gallant takes over as interim head coach after Doug MacLean relinquishes the role of head coach. A day later, Gallant wins his debut with a 2-0 victory at Tampa Bay.
Feb. 6, 2004 – Nikolai Zherdev represents the Blue Jackets in the NHL YoungStars Game during the NHL All-Star Game Weekend in St. Paul, MN. Zherdev records a goal and an assist in the game.
Feb. 7, 2004 – Nineteen-year old Rick Nash plays in the NHL All-Star Game for the Western Conference at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Nash is the first teenager to play in the game in 12 years and youngest to play in the game since 1986.
Feb. 20, 2004 – For the first time in franchise history, all four of the Blue Jackets' first round picks play in the same game. Rostislav Klesla, Pascal Leclaire, Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev play as the Jackets lost 3-2 at Phoenix in Leclaire’s first-ever NHL game.
Mar. 21 – 27, 2004 – The Blue Jackets tie a team record with four consecutive victories culminated by a 3-2 overtime victory at Nashville on Mar. 27. The streak included wins at Vancouver, and home victories against Minnesota and Anaheim.
Apr. 3, 2004 – Rick Nash nets his 41st goal of the season in the Blue Jackets' final game of the season. Nash finishes the season tied with Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk and Calgary's Jarome Iginla for the NHL lead in goals, netting him a share of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. He becomes the youngest player in NHL history in lead the League in goals. The Jackets defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena.
June 25, 2004 – The Blue Jackets announce that Gerard Gallant will remain as head coach. Former University of North Dakota Head Coach Dean Blais is named associate coach.
June 26 – 27, 2004 – The Blue Jackets select 11 players, including Lewiston's Alexandre Picard with the eighth overall pick at the 2004 Entry Draft at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
Aug. 20 – 29, 2004 – Team USA holds its training camp for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey at Nationwide Arena, including pre-tournament games against Team Canada and Team Russia.
Sept. 15, 2004 – The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association expires. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces that the league will not resume play until a new CBA is reached.
Feb. 16, 2005 – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces that due to the lack of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players the 2004-05 season has been cancelled.
July 13, 2005 – The NHL and NHLPA announce an agreement in principle on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
July 22, 2005 – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players has been reached and NHL hockey will return in October 2005.
July 30, 2005 – The Blue Jackets select eight players, including Vancouver Giants center Gilbert Brule with the sixth overall pick, at the 2005 Entry Draft held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
Aug. 1 – 10, 2005 – In the opening days of the first free agent signing period under the new CBA, the Blue Jackets agree to terms with several players, including defensemen Adam Foote and Bryan Berard, forward Jan Hrdina and goaltender Martin Prusek.
Aug. 8 , 2005 – The Blue Jackets re-sign left wing Rick Nash to a five-year contract.
Oct. 28, 2005 – The Blue Jackets beat Minnesota 2-1 at Nationwide Arena in the first game decided by a shootout in team history. Trevor Letowski beats Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson in the eighth round to give the Jackets the win.
Nov. 15, 2005 – The Blue Jackets acquire six-time All-Star Sergei Fedorov and a fifth round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from Anaheim in exchange for Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin.
Dec. 6, 2005 – Adam Foote is named the fourth captain in franchise history.
Dec. 21, 2005 – David Vyborny misses his first game since Oct. 17, 2002, snapping his franchise-record streak of 194 consecutive games played. He suffered a rib injury vs. Detroit on Dec. 20.
Feb. 14-25, 2006 – Four Blue Jackets compete at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. David Vybrony leads the Czech Republic to a bronze medal, while Rick Nash (Canada), Adam Foote (Canada) and Radoslav Suchy (Slovakia) also participate.
Mar. 24 – Apr. 3, 2006 – The Blue Jackets set a franchise record for consecutive wins with six, culminating with a 3-1 win at Nashville. The club also had road wins at St. Louis and Detroit and home wins over Calgary, San Jose and Chicago during the streak that was snapped with a 6-5 shootout loss at Detroit on Apr. 7.
Mar. 25, 2006 – Trailing 3-0 entering the third period, the Blue Jackets rally for four goals in the span of 7:37 to take a 4-3 lead over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena and go on to win 5-4 in a shootout.
Apr. 7, 2006 – Rick Nash scores his third goal, including the game-tying goal at 19:27 of the third period, to record his first career hat trick in a 6-5 shootout loss at Detroit.
Apr. 18, 2006 – Sergei Fedorov scores at 0:35 of overtime to give Columbus a 5-4 win over Dallas in the season finale at Nationwide Arena. The goal is Fedorov's 14th career overtime goal, which moved him into a tie with Toronto's Mats Sundin for the most in NHL history. The Blue Jackets finished the season with the most wins (35) and points (74) in franchise history.
June 24, 2006 – The Blue Jackets select 10 players, including Drummondville Voltigeurs center Derick Brassard with the sixth overall pick, at the 2006 Entry Draft held at General Motors Place in Vancouver. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
Nov. 13, 2006 – The Blue Jackets fire head coach Gerard Gallant. Assistant Coach Gary Agnew is named interim head coach the following day.
Nov. 22, 2006 – Ken Hitchcock is named the fourth head coach in Blue Jackets history.
Dec. 2-9, 2006 – First-year NHL goaltender Fredrik Norrena plays 155:28 without allowing a goal to set a franchise record for the longest shutout streak. The stretch includes back-to-back shutouts at Edmonton (4-0, 21 saves) and Colorado (3-0, 42 saves).
Jan. 5, 2007 – For just the second time in team history, the Blue Jackets rally from a three-goal third period deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 at Honda Center. Columbus scores three times in a span of 1:54 capped by Manny Malhotra's game-winner with 1:20 left in the period. Goaltender Fredrik Norrena preserves the win by stopping All-Star Teemu Selanne's penalty shot attempt at the 19:39 mark.
Jan. 24, 2007 – Rick Nash makes his second consecutive appearance at the All-Star Game played at American Airlines Center in Dallas. He registers four points on two goals and two assists to lead the Western Conference to a 12-9 win.
Feb. 24, 2007 – Columbus scores two shorthanded goals in a game for the first time in team history to overcome a 2-0 deficit to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Jason Chimera's shorthanded goal at 11:02 of the second period tied the game at 2-2 and Rick Nash's shorthanded tally just 4:52 later was the game-winner. Apr. 19, 2007 – Blue Jackets announce that President/General Manager Doug MacLean has been relieved of his duties with the organization. Michael Priest is named president or the organization.
June 15, 2007 – Scott Howson is named the second general manager in Blue Jackets history.
June 22-23, 2007 – The Blue Jackets select seven players, including Halifax Mooseheads right wing Jakub Voracek with the seventh overall pick, at the 2007 Entry Draft held at Nationwide Arena. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
Nov. 23, 2007 – Pascal Leclaire makes 32 saves in a 4-0 win at Minnesota to record his team record sixth shutout in just his 15th start of the season. He would end the season with nine, ranking second in the NHL.
Dec. 26, 2007-Jan. 15, 2008 – The Blue Jackets set a franchise record by winning six consecutive home games. The club beats Atlanta, Carolina, Edmonton, St. Louis, Nashville and Vancouver at Nationwide Arena during that stretch.
Dec. 31, 2007 – Rick Nash scores three goals to collect the 12th hat trick in Blue Jackets history in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena. It is Nash's second career hat trick.
Jan. 17, 2008 – Rick Nash scores one of the most dynamic goals in NHL history as he beats a pair of Phoenix defensemen and goaltender Mikael Tellqvist with 21.5 seconds left in regulation to lift Columbus to a 4-3 win at Jobing.com Arena.
Jan. 27, 2008 – Rick Nash set an All-Star Game record by scoring a goal just :12 into the game en route to collecting the 15th hat trick in All-Star Game history at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The game marked Nash’s third-straight All-Star Game selection and he has combined for 5-2-7 in the past two games.
Feb. 23, 2008 – Pascal Leclaire records his ninth shutout of the season with 31 saves to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 at Bell Centre. The Jackets improve to 3-1-1 all-time at Montreal, including two shutouts.
Mar. 12, 2008 – Rick Nash is named the fifth captain in franchise history.
Apr. 5, 2008 – Ken Hitchcock becomes just the 20th head coach in NHL history to reach the 900-game milestone when the Blue Jackets take on the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.
Apr. 6, 2008 – Jason Chimera misses the season finale due to a groin injury, which ends his franchise record for consecutive games played at 243. The streak began on Oct. 9, 2005 at Chicago in his first game with the club.
Apr. 25, 2008 – Blue Jackets majority owner and chairman John H. McConnell passes away at the age of 84. His son, John P. McConnell, assumes the duties of majority owner, chairman and governor for the hockey club.
June 20, 2008 – The Blue Jackets acquire center R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for first and third round picks in 2008. Umberger becomes the first Ohio State hockey player to join the Blue Jackets organization.
June 20-21, 2008 – The Blue Jackets select nine players, including CSKA forward Nikita Filatov with the sixth overall pick, at the 2008 Entry Draft held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
July 9, 2008 – Signed Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to a three-year contract extension through 2011-12 season.
Oct. 17, 2008 – Rookies Nikita Filatov and Jakub Voracek set a franchise record for fastest two goals scored vs. Nashville. The duo scores just :08 apart as Filatov lights the lamp at 14:18 of the first period and Voracek follows suit at the 14:26 mark.
Dec. 23, 2008-Jan. 2, 2009 – Rookie Steve Mason sets the franchise record for longest shutout streak at 199:19 and becomes the first Blue Jackets goaltender to record three-straight shutouts – Dec. 27 vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 29 at Los Angeles and Dec. 31 at Anaheim.
Jan. 10, 2009 – Nikita Filatov scores three goals vs. Minnesota at Nationwide Arena to become the first rookie in Blue Jackets history to record at hat trick.
Jan. 25, 2009 – Rick Nash tallies 1-2-3 for the Western Conference at the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal. It is Nash's fourth-consecutive appearance in the game.
Jan. 27, 2009 – Rick Nash collects his third career hat trick, scoring all three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 3-2 win over Detroit at Nationwide Arena.
Feb. 19, 2009 – Ken Hitchcock becomes the 13th coach in NHL history to record 500 wins when the Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in a shootout at Air Canada Centre.
Mar. 7, 2009 – Rick Nash becomes the first player since Montreal's Maurice "Rocket" Richard in 1947-48 to record an unassisted hat trick as the Jackets set a franchise record for goals in a game in an 8-2 win at Detroit.
Mar. 12, 2009 – A regular season record crowd of 19,167 at Nationwide Arena is on hand to see the Blue Jackets defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout.
Apr. 8, 2009 – Rick Nash's goal at 14:30 of the third period erases a 3-2 Chicago lead and forces overtime, resulting in the Blue Jackets clinching the first playoff berth in franchise history. Fedor Tyutin's shootout goal is the game-winner as the Jackets beat the Blackhawks 4-3 at United Center.
Apr. 16, 2009 – The Blue Jackets, who finished the regular season with a franchise-best 41-31-10 record, drop a 4-1 decision at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena in the first Stanley Cup Playoff game in club history.
Apr. 21, 2009 – A Nationwide Arena record crowd of 19,219 is on hand for the first Stanley Cup Playoff game played in the state of Ohio. Detroit earns a 4-1 win in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Series.
June 18, 2009 – Goaltender Steve Mason wins the Calder Memorial Trophy becoming the first Columbus Blue Jackets player to win the "rookie of the year" award. Mason also finished second in the voting for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top netminder and fourth in the Hart Trophy voting for NHL Most Valuable Player. He capped off the night by being named to the 2nd Team NHL All-Star and the All-Rookie Team. Photo Gallery:Steve Mason at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas
June 26-27, 2009 – The Blue Jackets use their first overall pick to select Defenseman John Moore from the Chicago Steel of the United State Hockey League. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
July 1, 2009 – The team signs free agents C Sammy Pahlsson and G Mathieu Garon to three-year and two-year deals, respectively.
July 3, 2009 – Captain Rick Nash signs an eight-year contract extension to remain with the Blue Jackets through the 2017-18 season.
July 21, 2009 – Blue Jackets sign first round pick John Moore.
August 25, 2009 – Blue Jackets announce ECHL agreement with the Gwinnet Gladiators.
Sept. 15, 2009 – Columbus signs Antoine Vermette to a five-year contract extension.
Oct. 3, 2009 – Columbus signs Rostislav Klesla to a four-year contract extension through 2013-14.
Oct. 17, 2009 – Columbus signs Kris Russell to a three-year contract.
Nov. 5, 2009 – Mike Priest statement on the Columbus Chamber report about the arena situation.
Nov. 11, 2009 – Ken Hitchcock coaches the 1,000th game of his NHL coaching career.
Dec. 29, 2009 – Blue Jackets acquire Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina in exchange for Jason Chimera.
Feb. 3, 2010 – Claude Noel named interim coach as Ken Hitchcock is relieved of his head coaching duties.
Mar. 3, 2010 – Blue Jackets acquire Nathan Paetsch from Buffalo in exchange for Raffi Torres. CBJ get a sixth round pick for Milan Jurcina and a conditional seventh round pick for Fredrik Modin, as well as acquire Matt Rust and Chad Kolarik in two other separate deals.
Mar. 18, 2010 – Blue Jackets sign Matt Calvert to entry level contract.
June 3, 2010 – Blue Jackets sign David Savard to entry level contract.
June 8, 2010 – Blue Jackets tab Scott Arniel as their head coach, he signs a three-year deal. SCOTT ARNIEL PHOTO GALLERY
June 22, 2010 – Blue Jackets unveil new 10th season logo to commemorate 10 seasons in Columbus.
June 23, 2010 – Blue Jackets sign Brad Berry as Assistant Coach.
June 25-26, 2010– The Blue Jackets use their first overall pick to select Center Ryan Johansen with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.. Click here to see the players selected in this draft.
July 1, 2010– The team signs Dan Hinote as an Assistant Coach.
July 13, 2010 – Jared Boll signs two-year contract extension.
Aug. 3, 2010 – Rob Riley named Head Coach of the Springfield Falcons, the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate.
Aug. 30, 2010 – Tyler Wright raises over $40,000 for the fight against pediatric cancer with his completion of the Suburu Ironman Canada.
Sept. 9, 2010 – Ryan Johansen signs entry level contract with the club.
Sept. 20, 2010 – Club signs G Steve Mason to two-year contract extension.
Oct. 5-9, 2010 – Club plays exhibition game in Malmo, Sweden against Malmo on Oct. 5 and then opens its regular season a few days later in Stockholm, Sweden against the San Jose Sharks. The games are the first ever Blue Jackets regular season games played outside of North America.
Nov. 10, 2010 – Columbus tied the franchise record for goals in a game and set the record for largest margin of victory with a win over St. Louis at Nationwide Arena. A total of 14 players registered a point and nine registered multi-point outings (both club records), while the 24 combined points (eight goals, 16 assists) also set a franchise record. Jakub Voracek and Chris Clark scored two goals each, while Derick Brassard had a career high three assists to lead the Jackets.
Nov. 24, 2010 – .Jakub Voracek scores the GWG in overtime on the Island as Columbus wins 4-3 over NYI to set the mark for best start through 20 games in franchise history (14-6-0).
Feb. 208 2011 – Columbus trades Rostislav Klesla to the Phoenix Coyotes for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto and also acquire Greg Moore and Michael Chaput from Philadelphia for Tom Sestito, all on trade deadline day 2011.
Mar. 17, 2011 – Club signs D Anton Blomqvist to a three-year entry level deal.
June 6, 2011 – Ian Clark is named goaltending coach of the Blue Jackets. June 20, 2011 – Todd Richards is named assistant coach of the Blue Jackets. June 23, 2011 – Columbus acquires All-Star center Jeff Carter from Philadelphia in exchange for Jakub Voracek and first and third round picks in the 2011 Entry Draft.
June 24-25, 2011 – The Blue Jackets select six players in the 2011 Entry Draft held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The club’s top pick is Oshawa General’s center Boone Jenner, who is taken in the second round, 37th overall.July 1, 2011 – Two days after acquiring his rights from Montreal, the Blue Jackets sign defenseman James Wisniewski to a six-year contract. Nov. 21, 2011 – James Wisniewski scores 2:43 into overtime to give Columbus its first win at Nashville since Apr. 3, 2006, snapping a 17-game winless skid. Dec. 22, 2011 – Jeff Carter tallies the 20th hat trick in franchise history with three goals at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Jan. 9, 2012 – The Blue Jackets fire head coach Scott Arniel. Assistant coach Todd Richards is named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Jan. 12, 2012 – Ryan Johansen is one of 12 rookies selected to participate in NHL All-Star Weekend Jan. 26-27 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. Feb. 21, 2012 – Jeff Carter registers the 21st hat trick in club history with three goals in a 6-3 win over San Jose at Nationwide Arena. Mar. 23, 2012 – R.J. Umberger notches the 22nd hat trick in franchise history with three goals in a 5-1 win over Carolina at Nationwide Arena. Apr. 5, 2012 – Cam Atkinson became the third rookie in club history to collect a hat trick – the 23rd by a Blue Jacket – when he scores three goals in a 5-2 win over Colorado at Pepsi Center. May 4-20, 2012 – Five players participate in the 2012 World Championships in Finland and Sweden. Nikita Nikitin helps lead Russia to the gold medal, while Jack Johnson and Cam Atkinson (United States), Marc Methot (Canada) and prospect Thomas Larkin (Italy) also participate. May 14, 2012 – The Blue Jackets announce the signing of Todd Richards, who had been serving as the club’s interim head coach, to a two-year contract to remain in that position through the 2013-14 season. May 21, 2012 – Brad Larsen is named head coach of the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate. June 5, 2012 – Chris Clark is named development coach of the Blue Jackets. June 20, 2012 – Craig Hartsburg is named associate coach, while Keith Acton is named assistant coach.