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Reilly Rules Out Blue Jackets

Posted Jun 17, 2015 by Aaron Portzline | 0 comments

The Blue Jackets learned early this afternoon that prospect defenseman Mike Reilly -- a member of the organization since he was drafted in 2011 -- has ruled out singing with Columbus and will sign elsewhere as a free agent on or after July 1.

Reilly's agent, Pat Brisson, informed the Blue Jackets of the decision shortly after noon today.

"We did everything we could possible do," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told The Dispatch today. "From player development since we drafted him, to recruiting him -- or whatever you would call it -- over the last few months ... it wasn't enough.

"We have to respect it. It's part of the (collective bargaining agreement). He has this right."

Sources told The Dispatch that Reilly has narrowed his list of possible destinations to two or three NHL clubs. Chicago, Minnesota, Los Angeles and the New York Rangers are among the clubs that have made a push to sign Reilly.

The Blue Jackets tried to sign Reilly last summer, but he opted to return to Minnesota for his junior season. They tried to sign him again after the Golden Gophers were bounced from the NCAA Tournament, even with the promise of making his NHL debut, but he declined.

Reilly was a fourth-round pick (No. 98 overall) in the 2011 entry draft.

Kekalainen said Reilly's snub will alter their off-season, if only slightly. After losing a high-end prospect, they'll need to add depth to the blue line and perhaps add a top prospect to the depth chart.

"Now that we know this is the case, we'll have to look at things differently," Kekalainen said.

-- Aaron Portzline



Ryan Johansen responds:

We didn't want him anyway

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Yeah, what I pull from this is Johansen's tweet. It makes him look like a loser.

As much as we like to gush over RJ simply because of his geographical origins, someone with that type of attitude goes against the "character" team that Benning and Co. are trying to build.

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There's a shock

Chicago is about to offload a bunch of vets to save money and sign Saad. Reilly will just walk in to their laps and the rich get richer.

It's a sad story though for the Jackets who just lose him for nothing.

Rather hoping he Schultz' the team that takes him

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There's a shock

Chicago is about to offload a bunch of vets to save money and sign Saad. Reilly will just walk in to their laps and the rich get richer.

It's a sad story though for the Jackets who just lose him for nothing.

Rather hoping he Schultz' the team that takes him

It's Reilly a Saad story.

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Seems like Chicago, Minnesota, and New York are among the finalists every time this happens.

IMO players that young shouldn't be able to hit free agency. They should have to work their way up, or at least ask for a trade. Don't screw over the team that believed in you enough to draft you in the first place.

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whenever these free agents do this, has their ever been one that wanted to be on Vancouver ?

Justin Schultz did exactly this, and was talked out of going to Vancouver at the last minute by Wayne Gretzky himself.

But these guys that play hardball don't always get their way. Look at Tim Erixon. Tried a similar thing, and told Calgary he'd re-enter the draft unless they traded him to the Rangers, and the Rangers only. (Wanted to go where his dad had played.) But in short order the Rangers traded him to CBJ. A couple years later he goes to Chicago, and then was traded again and ended up on the Toronto Cluster F%$#s.

Blake Wheeler did it to Arizona, and signed with Boston. Wanted the glitz and glamour of the big city, who was getting stronger and ready to contend for a cup. But on the trade deadline immediately prior to their 2011 Stanley Cup win, he was traded to the basement-dwelling Thrashers. It didn't get any more glamorous a few months later, when the team folded and he ended up in Winnipeg.

GM's don't mind taking advantage of a free/discounted prospect. But they didn't draft the guy, and he already showed a propensity to be selfish and disrespect their system and team. So the moment they feel they can benefit more by trading said player - see ya later!

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Seems like Chicago, Minnesota, and New York are among the finalists every time this happens.

IMO players that young shouldn't be able to hit free agency. They should have to work their way up, or at least ask for a trade. Don't screw over the team that believed in you enough to draft you in the first place.

Agreed. I was hoping this was something they would have rectified in the last CBA. This NCAA loophole is a glaring inconsistency in player rights vs. team rights.

They should make it so the team that drafted them and who extends a league-maximum ELC "qualifies" the prospect, and owns their RFA rights if they choose not to sign.

Or, at the very least, extend the draft age, and make them go back through the draft.

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