CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10:  Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2 to 1 in Game Four of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 10, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

CBJ and Brandon Saad agree to six year deal

Now it all feels official. Welcome to the Blue Jackets, Brandon Saad. Today the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brandon Saad reached an agreement on a six year deal with a reported 6 mil AAV. Saad was a part of a trade that had Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth round […]


Union Blue Radio Episode 24: Big Bad Money

Thursday, Alison, Sam, Matt, and Paul chatted about the Blue Jackets and free agency! Then, they talked to Cam (@MoneyPuck_) about the Prospect Cohort Success model system and the NHL Draft! Hear them talk about not being Saad, Troop, injury worries, flashes in the pan, tooting Sam’s horn, burying the lede, the Tweet Machine, Peterborough, […]


Meet Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst

Tuesday afternoon  the Jackets pulled off a blockbuster trade on the eve of free agency by acquiring restricted free agent Brandon Saad along with two prospects. When we were still in the “refreshing twitter to see if it was real/what we got” phase, I personally hear “prospects” and my brain automatically goes to CHL or European […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Ryan Murray #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on January 2, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 2-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Taking Inventory: Defense

The Blue Jackets biggest talking point has become the offseason is the defense, an area that has received a lot of attention in pretty much all regards. So, let’s break it down. This post will go over how to maximize the Blue Jackets’ defense and the best ways to go about fixing it. Left-Handed Defenders: Ryan […]

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 29:  Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of their NHL game at Rogers Arena on January 29, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets Blockbuster: Columbus Gets Brandon Saad

From the entirely unexpected department: the Chicago Blackhawks have traded Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets. That’s the headline, of course, but the deal is much bigger than that. In total, seven players and one draft pick changed hands on the eve of free agency. Columbus doesn’t walk away unscathed, giving up one of […]

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26:  Zach Werenski poses after being selected eighth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

CBJ at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Well folks the NHL draft has happened and the Jackets left Florida with a whole blueline worth of defenseman prospects. The Jackets did something odd this year – they drafted multiple players who were passed over in previous drafts so my info on them may be a little limited. Let’s take a look at the […]

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Taking Inventory: Left Wing

Earlier today I posted a piece titled “Taking Inventory: Centers” that took a look at what the Blue Jackets have, how to maximize what they have, and how to maintain it. This piece is an extension to that one, this time about the left wing.

New Jersey Devils  v Columbus Blue Jackets

Taking Inventory: Centers

While the Blue Jackets may not have any centers that are consistently regarded as NHL stars or anything like that, they still have one of the best center-corps in the league, and it starts and ends with their depth. There are very few teams who can lose an NHL-caliber center like Letestu in the offseason and […]

during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.

CBJ Draft Day: 2nd-7th Round Picks

The Blue Jackets were busy on Saturday with nine picks throughout the second day of the draft. Let’s take a look at each pick from the second day in action. We’ve curated some video and hockey analysis on the newest Jacket players – our full analysis of all nine picks will be coming later this week […]


Union Blue Radio Episode 23: That’s Gnarly

Friday night, Sam and Matt recorded live from the Columbus Blue Jackets Draft Party at Nationwide Arena! It was our first podcast recorded outside the studio, and you’ll get to enjoy all the noise and distraction the party brought! We also got to chat with Cleveland’s beloved son, Brett Ireland! And Matt Pfeffer of the CBJ […]

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Jackets trade up – draft defenseman Gabriel Carlsson

Late in the first round of the Draft,  the Blue Jackets ended up making a long awaited trade for what was a surprising pick. The Jackets traded their 34th and 68th picks for the opportunity to take the 29th pick from Toronto. And with that pick,  the Jackets promptly selected Swedish behemoth Gabriel Carlsson from […]

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26:  Zach Werenski poses after being selected eighth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets Get Skilled Defenseman Werenski 8th in NHL Draft

It was an eventful pre-draft day for Buffalo and Boston, and rumors ran wild in the lead-up to Arizona’s 3rd overall pick. Columbus was mentioned among teams considering a move up the board. Yet, after the first seven picks passed, nothing had changed and the Blue Jackets were left to pick eighth overall. Their man: […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Jarmo Kekalainen of the St. Louis Blues works the draft floor during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

CBJ Draft Day: Things to Accomplish

Previously I looked things the Blue Jackets should avoid at the draft, today I take a look things to accomplish. Draft a Defencemen at Eight This ties into my last post about not trading up. A very good player will be available at eight. Much like CBJ Prospects in his recent mock, I would take […]