Some of you may have noticed elpalito and me talking about what things have happened in our "FHM" seasons. For those not familiar, Franchise Hockey Manager is a hockey management simulation game -- much like Football Manager, but by an indie studio and, of course, for hockey. I find it's fun to look at what a computer program would do given our roster. The following is what happened to the Blue Jackets roster and their AI GM up until the 2024 offseason. Be aware:
1) The AI is not afraid to put people on waivers.
2) The AI will do really dumb things to stay under the cap.
3) Players will take short term deals for inexplicable reasons.
4) Players that refuse to play in lower leagues will go to a Canadian/US semi-pro team, waiting for someone to come calling.
Without further ado:
Cam Atkinson: Compliance buyout in 2022 after going 35-34-69 in 70 games. Never played again.
Gustav Nyquist: Re-signed through 26-27 @ 4x5.08. Regular 20-35-55 guy.
Nick Foligno: Re-signed for one year in 21-22 and retired the year after.
Alexander Wennberg: Traded to Montreal in the offseason of 2021 to the Habs for Charles Hudon. Later traded to the Blackhawks where he saw time in Rockford. Currently signed to Winnipeg through 2026 at $2.45m AAV.
Boone Jenner: Signed a UFA deal with Boston in 2022. 3x$3.74m.
Riley Nash: Retired after the 20-21 season. Was 0-7-7 in 40 games his last season.
Oliver Bjorkstrand: Was re-signed in 21-22. Traded to Dallas for Darnell Nurse one game into the 23-24 season.
Devin Shore: Re-signed with the CBJ 3x$3.42m. Regular 25-30pt guy. Now plays for Florida after his contract expired.
Emil Bemstrom: Re-signed after his ELC for 3x$895k. Bounces back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus.
Alexandre Texier: After going 0-5-5 in his first 16 games of 23-24, traded to Pittsbugh for Brett Howden who split time between Columbus and Cleveland.
Pierre-Luc Dubois: Re-signed 4x$6.95. Regular 30 goal/80 point guy.
Eric Robinson: Currently on a 1x$1.04m deal. Not sure what his previous contracts were.
Ryan MacInnis: Traded in the offseason of 2021 for Kevin Connauton. In this universe he has never seen NHL time.
Kevin Stenlund: Traded as part of a minor league deal the middle of the 22-23 season. Played 4 career NHL games (0-0-0). Is currently the captain of Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish league.
Nathan Gerbe: Retired after the 19-20 season (was never re-signed in this universe).
Josh Anderson: Sat out all of 20-21 due to a contract impasse. Signed in 2021 at 3x$3.81.
Brandon Dubinsky: Returned for 5 games in 19-20 in this universe. 0-0-0 with 14 PIMs. ATOI 06:24. Captain of the Monsters in 20-21. Went 5-10-15.
Liam Foudy: Re-signed in 2023 at 3x$1.28m. Mostly an AHL player in this universe until 22-23.
Seth Jones: Re-signed in 22-23 and 23-24 to one year deals, the latter being $6.48m. Renewed in the offseason of 2024 for 6x$6.81m. Yes, this is crazy.
Zach Werenski: Like Jones, re-signed in 22-23 and 23-24 to one year deals, the latter being $7.69m. Traded to Buffalo in 23-24 for Sam Reinhart.
David Savard: Slowed down pretty heavily toward the end of his contract and became a regular 7th defenseman. Re-signed for 2 years, playing the last year exclusively in Cleveland. Currently plays Allan Cup hockey.
Ryan Murray: Signed with the Caps for the league minimum in 21-22. Won a cup with the Coyotes in 2023.
Markus Nutivaara: Also signed with the Caps, but for 3 years. Followed Murray to the Coyotes and won the same cup in 2023.
Scott Harrington: Re-signed in 22-23 for one year. Currently plays Canadian Senior league hockey with Savard for one of the Allan Cup teams.
Vladislav Gavrikov: Traded to Philly in 20-21 for Mikhail Vorobyov. Currently plays for the Oilers (3x$2.63m).
Andrew Peeke: Traded to the Rags for the draft rights to Jens Hansen (not an actual person).
Dean Kukan: Was not re-signed after his NHL deal ran out. Currently plays for SC Lyss in the Swiss 3rd division.
Joonas Korpisalo: Re-signed for one year in 2022-23. Re-signed in 23-24 at 4x$7.79m.
Elvis Merzlikins: Also Re-signed for one year in 22-23. Currently 3x$5.82m.
Daniil Tarasov: Hanging in Cleveland. No NHL starts.
Matiss Kivlenieks: Never played an NHL game. Now is a top goalie in the Latvian 1st division.
Veini Vehvilainen: Was traded in 2021 to LA for Austin Strand. Never played an NHL game. Currently in the Finnish 3rd division.
John Tortorella: Fired after the CBJ missed the playoffs in 21-22. Replaced by Jack Capuano. Is not officially retired, but has not held another position since then.
Brad Larsen: *drum-roll* Still an assistant coach! Was recently re-signed for 3 years through 2026.
Brad Shaw: Currently unemployed.
There you have it! If you'd like to know anything about who we have now or where other players are or their stats, let me know!