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Disturbing Trend

by Rich M January 19, 2014
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Before I make any other points moving forward, I want to make one thing clear: the Columbus Blue Jackets ARE NOT leaving the city anytime soon. The Arena deal that was reached in 2009 ensured that we have another 26 years of CBJ hockey, like it or not. Yes, I know that there is a […]

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The Surge Is On

by Rich M January 15, 2014
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Since my last post, the Blue Jackets have played past the halfway point of the season and have started to turn the corner a little. The team on the ice had 2 major additions with Sergei Bobrovsky and Nathan Horton returning to the lineup. For “Bob”, it was a welcome return at a time when […]

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Tough Luck

by Rich M December 23, 2013
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It’s been a wild 4 days for the Blue Jackets. On Thursday night, they went into Philadelphia and controlled the game for 2 periods, but came away with a devastating loss. To illustrate how devastating that loss was, they held a 3-0 lead after 2 periods. They forfeited a 3-0, 3-1 and 4-2 lead all […]

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Grounded

by Rich M December 18, 2013
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There are two major differences this season for Winnipeg and Columbus. While the Jackets are only 3 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the East(14-16-4), Winnipeg(15-15-5) is 8 points back in the West and will need a big run in the 2nd half of the season. Unfortunately for them, they made […]

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Steady Hand

by Rich M December 17, 2013
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A characteristic of a good organization is stability not only in the front office, but also within the coaching ranks. The franchises that win on a regular basis are the ones that have continuity and an ownership group that doesn’t meddle. Obviously having a lot of talent helps, but the right personality behind the bench […]

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CBJ: Lost

by Rich M December 1, 2013
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The Jackets are now 27 games into the season and they appear worse for the wear. Saturday night in the TD Garden they came out and competed hard for approximately 20 minutes on their way to an uninspiring 3-1 loss. The other 40 minutes was a mixture of poor execution and complete dominance by the […]

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The Time Is Now

by Rich M November 15, 2013
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April 7, 2012- That was the last day the Blue Jackets played a game with a Captain. Since dropping the interim tag after the 2011-12 season, Jackets coach Todd Richards and the front office have decided against naming a captain and instead have chosen leadership by committee. While it’s not uncommon for a team to […]

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Men of Tin

by Rich M November 9, 2013
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At the beginning of the season I wrote that this was a season of great expectations. There were many pieces in place for this franchise to take the next step to being a legitimate contender. After such an amazing run at the end of last season it was realistic to expect a step forward. This […]

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Why Not Hockey?

by Rich M October 26, 2013
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I will be the first to admit that when I was growing up hockey seemed as intriguing to me as Olympic curling. I would occasionally watch a couple of minutes of a game on ESPN and move on with my night. I perceived it as a bunch of dumb Canadians that said “eh” and slept […]

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Anger Management

by Rich M October 19, 2013
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Fans are an emotional bunch and especially hockey fans. I watched the game Thursday night in Montreal with amusement through the first 20 minutes. I felt completely disconnected watching this game even though the Jackets were down 2-0. I was void of any emotion or anger and accepted that maybe this was going to be […]

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