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Columbus Blue Jackets: the Improbable Quest for the Playoffs

March 11th, 2011
Just when it appeared that the Columbus Blue Jackets were playing themselves out of any playoff possibilities and into another NHL lottery countdown, the Blue Jackets reeled off an impressive 11-3-3 streak.  However, just as soon as the Blue Jackets were back in the playoff hunt, they continued their schizophrenic ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: 3rd Quarter Team Assessment

February 26th, 2011
During the past two seasons, I assessed how the Columbus Blue Jackets performed as a team at the first quarter of the season.  Sadly, as the Blue Jackets’ performance plummeted during the remaining three quarters of last season, and as they nearly repeated that ignominious feat during the second quarter ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: Is a Major Trade Brewing?

February 4th, 2011
Trade discussions around the NHL are heating up as teams move closer declaring themselves as “buyers” or “sellers.” And with the deadline looming, speculation arises with all the hockey pundits, including TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reported that the Blue Jackets could be on the verge of a major deal in yesterday’s ...

Fearless NHL Western Conference Predictions: A Midseason Assessment

January 14th, 2011
Early in the season, I provided my predictions as to how I believed the Western Conference would pan out.  A smart person would have simply chosen not to follow up to determine how accurate their predictions were.  As I am not that type of person (smart), I now provide, at ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: Opportunity Lost

January 13th, 2011
Given the Columbus Blue Jackets ignominious descent toward the bottom of the Western Conference rankings—the sad reality of a recent 6-14-3 free-fall, the second in as many years following a stellar start—Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson has been actively burning cell phones around the NHL in an attempt to ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: Why Rick Nash Doesn’t Draw More Penalties

January 11th, 2011
After Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash was once again mauled, held, and received several opponent’s high-sticks towards the end of a game against the Los Angeles Kings, his head coach, Scott Arniel, could no longer sit idly by. Here are some of Arniel’s post-game comments: “I’m getting so frustrated. ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: Second Quarter Team Assessment

January 7th, 2011
Earlier in the season, I provided a first quarter assessment of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  That was quite an easy task as the Blue Jackets stormed out of the gate to a franchise-best 14-6-0 record. What followed was a 3-14-7 meltdown, leading to the eventual firing of Coach Ken Hitchcock and ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: Patience Is Wearing Thin

December 27th, 2010
The Columbus Blue Jackets are in full-blown “December Swoon” mode, having gone 3-9-3 since their historic 14-6-0 start.  While this is, once again, taking place, Blue Jackets General Manager (GM) Scott Howson is continually preaching, in an almost Buddha-esque manner, the same themes: “Patience” “The fix is from within” “I believe in this ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: How To Stop the Bleeding

December 21st, 2010
During the 2009-2010 regular season, the Columbus Blue Jackets opened the season with a franchise-best record of 12-6-2.  However, what followed was a horrible 3-14-7 tailspin which not only took the Blue Jackets out of any chance of returning to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it also cost their head ...

The Filatov Fiasco: Part Two: Now What?

December 18th, 2010
Towards the beginning of the 2009-10 season, I wrote an article which assessed Nikita Filatov's departure from the Columbus Blue Jackets only 19 games into the season: While Filatov hasn't defected back to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and while Filatov's issues don't stem from a coach who isn't known for ...