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


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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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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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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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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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Hard hitting Columbus Blue Jackets analysis


The Columbus Blue Jackets, who ended their 2012-13 season with a furious 19-5-5 run, narrowly missing the Stanley Cup playoffs but a mere tie-breaker, embark on a new season, in a new conference – Eastern Conference – and division – in the newly-formed Metropolitan Division.

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2013 Mock NHL Draft Final


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The NHL Draft is almost here.  The 2013 abbreviated NHL season is over for everyone, congrats Blackhawks,  and it’s time for them to look forward to the 2013 NHL Draft.  This year’s draft, Sunday, June 30, from sunny New Jersey, will be a jam packed, one day affair (thank you Gary Bettman and  your lockout), having all rounds condensed into one day.  Someone other than the Edmonton Oilers (congrats Colorado Avalanche) will finally pick first for the first time in years.  The question is who will go where?  To find out, continue after the jump, and see who will be the future hero of your team.

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Expect Unexpectedness for Columbus Blue Jackets at NHL Draft


The Columbus Blue Jackets, one of the ‘feel good’ stories of this lockout-shortened National Hockey League (NHL) will be one of the most intriguing teams to watch at this Sunday’s NHL Entry Draft.  As a result of trading former ‘face of the franchise’ player, Rick Nash to the New York Rangers as well as trading the disgruntled Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings, along with a solid return given the circumstances, the Blue Jackets are armed with three (3) 1st Round draft picks, the 14th, 19th and 27th overall picks, respectively.  And given that it’s widely held by most personnel and scouting types as the best NHL Entry Draft since the landmark 2003 NHL Entry Draft, you would think that the Blue Jackets will reap a sizeable bounty by selecting all three draft picks.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: backdrop for International Donut Wars


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Happy National Donut Day! There’s currently an international battle for donut supremacy being waged. And all of must take a side.

This donut war is being waged right in front of our eyes; every time we watch hockey. Every time you turn on NBC Sports to watch a hockey playoff game, take notice of the Tim Horton’s billboard in the corner of the rink.

Then look closer to center ice to see the Dunkin’ Donuts ad. Yes, for the first time since the War of 1812, the United States and Canada are at each other’s throats.

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NHL partners with gay rights group You Can Play


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The NHL is partnering with the You Can Play Project for what is likely the biggest promotional campaign ever by a four major sport league in support of gay rights, The New York Times reports.

The NHL is taking a big step forward ahead of MLB, NFL and the NBA.

You Can Play is an organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports, and the locker room is certainly one of the last remaining bastions of homophobia in our society. It can actually be an atmosphere very hostile to gays; you know the kind of language that gets used there. It’s not exactly politically correct.

So what the NHL is doing is a tremendous sign of great progress.

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Blue Jackets Make a Major Statement at the Trade Deadline


The Columbus Blue Jackets began their season as many of the pundits expected, starting their National Hockey League (NHL) lockout-shortened season by posting a record of 5-12-2 and seemed slated to grab one of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft’s lottery picks in June.  However, ignited by the seismic shakeup at the top of the organization in firing former General Manager (GM) Scott Howson and hiring Jarmo Kekalainen to replace the embattled Howson, the Blue Jackets went on a tear during March, going 8-0-4 for the majority of the month and 10-2-5 going into the NHL’s trade deadline on April 3rd.

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