Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Scott Hartnell for RJ Umberger

The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off a major trade today, acquiring Left Winger Scott Hartnell from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward RJ Umberger and a 4th round pick in next year’s 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft.

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Blue Jackets rely on Jarmo Kekalainen ’s Silent, Steady Hand


With five games left to play, the Columbus Blue Jackets currently sit in the 8th position in the Eastern Conference standings which, if the season ended today, would place them into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the second wild card team.  While this may not be considered much for many of the established National Hockey League (NHL) organizations, for a team which has qualified only once for the playoffs, qualifying for the playoffs would be cause for celebration.

Their General Manager (GM), Jarmo Kekalainen, in little over one year, has directed the Blue Jackets organization to a near miss of the playoffs and is now positioned to qualify for it, this season.

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Why do the Blue Jackets Continue to Struggle at the Gate?


In case many in Central Ohio aren’t aware, the Columbus Blue Jackets, with only 16 games left in the 2013-14 regular season, are in the Stanley Cup playoffs chase.  In fact, were the playoffs to start, today, the Blue Jackets could conceivably not only qualify for the playoffs, they would – giving consideration to having played 2 less games than the New York Rangers, who hold a 2-point lead on Columbus – possibly nab the 2nd overall position in the Metropolitan Division.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Fans expecting another “March Surprise?”

The Columbus Blue Jackets, like so many teams in the Eastern Conference as well as the Metropolitan Division, are bunched together in the quest for the last few Stanley Cup playoff spots.  In most of their 13-year history, playoff pushes were considered rarified air, as the season was either long lost or they were positioned to become sellers at the March trade deadline.

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Top 6 Blue Jackets targets at the NHL Trade Deadline


In a previous article, I outlined the Columbus Blue Jackets current standings in the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference as well as what trade possibilities could be in the offing with the NHL’s Trade Deadline approaching in the next two days (March 5th at 3 P.M. EST).

Here are a group of players who the Blue Jackets have been rumored to exhibit interest in as well as a list of their current players that could be used in exchange for these desired players necessary to make the Stanley Cup playoffs:

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Christmas Abbott: NASCAR’s Sexy Real Pioneer

Her name is Christmas Abbott – and ‘no’ that’s not a typographical error.

It’s no secret that Danica Patrick occupies much of NASCAR’s publicity and headlines, perhaps a bit too much given the relation of publicity garnered to actual performance – in short, victories – but there’s another NASCAR participant who has captured the headlines as an even more improbable pioneer.

Christmas Abbott, who had previously become a CrossFit video sensation, was signed by Michael Waltrip’s NASCAR racing team as a full-time member of its pit crew, thus becoming the first woman to labor in the NASCAR pits at their highest level.

To be certain, this is no mere publicity stunt:  Abbott rightly earned the spot. She can toss around tires half her size, and she can bolt them on to the racer at breakneck speed which is particularly impressive for a rookie.  NASCAR officials at first thought that she was trying to become part of the Waltrip pit crew as part of a blatant attempt to draw media attention, but once they saw what she was capable of, they knew she could not only handle it, but become a valuable member of the pit crew.

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Blue Jackets Ryan Johansen living up to his potential

The Columbus Blue Jackets are hanging on the cusp of playoff positioning in the weak Metropolitan Division, no small feat considering their rash of injuries of their premier players – Marian Gaborik, James Wisniewski, reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Sergei Bobrovsky and Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) signing Nathan Horton.

However, through the ups-and-downs, one player appears to be coming into his own: former 4th overall pick – 2010 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft – Ryan Johansen.

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Why the B1G Conference mindset towards football must change


The Ohio State Buckeyes are in the midst of a record-setting consecutive winning streak, currently at 23 games.  However, unless either Alabama or Florida State get upset, they appear to be on the outside, looking in’ as it relates to having any chance to play for the BCS National Championship.

Were it any other conference, save for possibly the Big 12 conference, such a run of perfection would be the ultimate ‘no-brainer’ as to their participation in the championship game.  However, there is one thing that limits them from such a quest:

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Columbus Blue Jackets are in a holding pattern

At 9-12-3, the Columbus Blue Jackets currently sit in the 7th position in the struggling Metropolitan Division of the National Hockey League (NHL) and 13th, overall in the Eastern Conference.  Adding to that, they have gone 4-3-3 in their last 10 games played and concluded their five-game road trip in the following manner: a solid 4-1 win at Ottawa, an embarrassing 7-0 loss to the moribund Edmonton Oilers, a 2-1 Overtime (OT) victory against the rebuilding Calgary Flames, a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks, losers of five straight prior to that contest and a resounding 6-0 pounding of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.  To summarize, the Columbus Blue Jackets went 2-3-0 during that stretch and were outscored 15-13, an outcome which appears much less dreadful thanks primarily to the concluding 6-0 victory.

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Top 10 most attractive female news anchors


The top ten most attractive female news anchors.  Who doesn’t love a good list post, right?

While this list is generally one person’s opinion, having been married to one of the great ‘Tractor Beam’s of Hotness’ for over 23 years, I like to consider myself one of the true connoisseurs of the female form, so this is as much expertise as you’re going to get from a freelance writer. [Read more...]

Blue Jackets Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky isn’t playing so hot right now

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Columbus Blue Jackets hosting 2015 NHL All-Star Game


Back on January 30th, 2012, National Hockey League (NHL) commissioner Gary Bettman announced during the NHL’s All-Star Weekend on Ottawa that Columbus, Ohio would be the site of the next NHL All-Star Game (ASG) in January, 2013.  But a funny – actually, a cruel twist of fate – thing happened along the way that prevented the Columbus Blue Jackets from hosting the NHL’s marquee mid-season event.

The NHL and NHL Player’s Association (NHLPA) were embroiled in a bitter lockout, a lockout that lasted long enough to cancel the ASG thus dousing the excitement hosting the ASG would have provided and a much-needed boost for a franchise who was saddled in the depths of a downward spiral, both in on-ice performance and in rapidly-dwindling attendance.

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