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2014-15 Season in Review: Nick Foligno

The 2014-2015 season was the best one of Nick Foligno’s career as an NHL player. Throughout the campaign, Nick went from one of the team’s likable, hard-working pieces to the leader of the entire squad. Nick Foligno is truly a man of the people, and it’s easy to see why. One of the best things […]

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 20:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Kevin Connauton #4 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle for control of the puck during the first period at Nationwide Arena on December 20, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

2014-15 Season Review: Kevin Connauton

As a waiver wire pick up not much was expected from Kevin Connauton but unexpectedly, he had one of the more pleasant seasons in recent memory for a Blue Jackets defensemen. For the uninitiated, Connauton has had an interesting career thus far bouncing around a bit. He’s moved from the NCAA to the WHL and […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 03:  Cam Atkinson #13 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on April 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Blue Jackets defeated the Flyers 2-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2014-15 Season Review: Cam Atkinson

Last year when writing Atkinson’s season review article I stated that he was an “american enigma” which was mostly in jest as he was a late season scratch that ruffled more than a few feathers amongst the CBJ blogosphere. He was branded as inconsistent last year when in reality, Atkinson, in his short time with […]

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks collides with Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins in front of Tuukka Rask #40 in Game Four of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Goal Breakdown: Saad v. Campbell

The Blue Jackets have acquired two players this off-season that are pretty much locks to see the ice in the NHL this season. The most heralded of the two was Brandon Saad, acquired along with Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst, for Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, and a 4th round pick. Saad […]

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 16:  Matt Calvert #11 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on February 16, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

CBJ reach agreement with Calvert for three years

Today the Columbus Blue Jackets came to an agreement with Matt Calvert on a three year deal for 6.6 million. The deal carries an AAV of 2.2 million. The breakdown is as follows: It is a raise for the diminutive winger who has had trouble staying healthy the past two seasons – he has only […]

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)

#WerenskiWatch?

Ah, the few weeks after the NHL draft and free agency when, while the big squads take a break, the CHL and NCAA continue their eternal battle over talent. Last year, the Jackets were at the forefront as top pick Sonny Milano decided to forgo his commitment to Boston College and join the Plymouth Whalers […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 Jobing.com 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.

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