The list of Columbus Blue Jackets players who have found other places to play can now be sorted into two categories: KHL and non-KHL.
Winger Jared Boll becomes the first Blue Jackets player to sign with a European team outside of the KHL with his November 15 signing to the Finnish team TUTO, located in Turku. They play in the Mestis, or second division and are currently in third place. Boll will make his debut with the team on the 23rd or 24th of the month.
Boll decided that he’d had enough of waiting for the lockout to end. “I’ve just reached the point here where it’s enough sitting around and waiting for stuff to get going,” he said. “I need to play, so let’s find a good spot and get going with it. And I’ve heard nothing but good things about Turku.”
Another Blue Jackets player who is biding his time in Europe is defenseman Fyodor Tyutin, who signed with the KHL’s Atlant Moscow Oblast on November 13. So far, Tyutin has only played three games with no points and a -1. Atlant is currently in 12th place in the Western Conference.
Tyutin is the fourth Blue Jackets player to join the KHL, along with Sergei Bobrovsky, Artem Anisimov and Nikita Nikitin. Along with Brandon Dubinsky in the ECHL, there are now seven players from the Blue Jackets roster to play with other teams during the lockout.