NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 25:  Matt Calvert #11 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New Jersey Devils on November 25, 2015 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2015-16 Blue Jackets Season in Review: Matt Calvert

26-year-old Matt Calvert returned to Columbus last season in the first year of his most recent (three-year) contract extension and said he was ready to prove he deserved a spot in the top six. Unfortunately, as with the Jackets, the season didn’t go as planned for “Matty Hustle.”

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Lake Erie Monsters Arrivals and Departures for 2016/17

Featured image credit John Saraya at the Lake Erie Monsters official site. The Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters are facing a large turnover with their roster, as many AHL teams do every season. The core will be hit hard by promotions to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, and depatures via free agency and trades. […]

at the Prudential Center on October 27, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.

2015-16 Blue Jackets Season in Review: Brandon Dubinsky

Brandon Dubinsky is a divisive player. Which is pretty strange, as he has been remarkably consistent throughout his career. I guess playing in New York and having high profile battles with Sidney Crosby will do that for a guy (not to mention his hefty contract). The fact is, Brandon Dubinsky is a good player. He scores […]

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 24:  Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 24, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche 4-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

2015-16 Blue Jackets Season in Review: Brandon Saad

Last summer, the Blue Jackets made a splash in free agency when they acquired then 22-year-old Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks in a seven player blockbuster trade. Columbus promptly signed the two-time Stanley Cup winner to a six-year, $36MM extension and the question immediately became: what will Saad be able to do away from […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 14: Scott Hartnell #43 of the Columbus Blue Jackets takes a shot in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 14, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2015-16 Blue Jackets Season in Review: Scott Hartnell

Time, as Steve Miller taught us, keeps on slipping whether we like it or not. This has been reality for all mortal humans (thus the Jagr exception), meaning time and age are something to fear for individuals and their general managers. In the National Hockey League, age means inevitable decline as sharp skills turn dull, and […]

The Postal Service on Monday launched PC Postage in Washington, D.C., a stamp that can be printed through personal computers. Consumers would go online and print with an ordinary laser or inkjet printer, a barcode on each envelope to indicate mail processing information and postage payment. (Photo by E-Stamp via Newsmakers)

BSH Mailbag: Yup, it’s the Off-Season edition

The off-season is long and boring. We need something to pass the time and the Buckeye State Hockey mailbag is a fun place to do it. Most of these aren’t hockey related, hopefully in the weeks ahead they get more hockey-centric. For now, let’s do this thing. Taco Tuesday is without a doubt the answer […]


Cannonfest 2016. Boom.

Back in 2010, a group of folks who followed the Blue Jackets decided to get together in the off season to talk all things Union Blue. Since then, what started as an idea for a cookout in Greg, Matt and I hear every year. And every year we try to put together an event that is […]


Union Blue Radio Episode 59: My Struggle is This

Tuesday evening, Sam, Alison, and Matt tried to stave off the humidity and recapped offseason action for the Blue Jackets and the NHL. Hear them talk about RSS feeds, double meanings, a well-deserved victory, trophies, gif kindness, stone cold locks, a smokescreen, a delight, struggles, buyouts, solid value, Dante Salituro, the little guy, Boombastic, Leafs […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 05:  William Karlsson #25 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in action against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at the Wells Fargo Center on March 5, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

2015-16 Blue Jackets Season in Review: William Karlsson

William Karlsson, the main return in the deal that sent defender James Wisniewski to the Anaheim Ducks, has become a bit of a fan favorite since he arrived in Columbus. He’s carved out a role for himself in the bottom six of the Blue Jackets’ lineup, and it’s easy to argue that he’s having good success […]

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 9:  Cam Atkinson #13 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates after beating Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers for a goal during the second period on October 9, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

2015-16 Blue Jackets Season in Review: Cam Atkinson

A hockey player’s stature tends to rise as their goal totals grow higher. Even though the Blue Jackets were forced to climb out of a sizable hole on a team level this year, a few noteworthy players managed to escape the shortest end of the stick when it came to producing on an individual level. […]

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24:  Pierre-Luc Dubois celebrates with the Columbus Blue Jackets after being selected third overall during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2016 NHL Draft Review

Well the NHL Draft has come and gone and the Blue Jackets caused the first (and perhaps biggest) shock of that weekend with their first round pick. Furthermore, this year’s draft marked the fewest picks ever by the CBJ and it also included the longest gap between picks for the CBJ ever in a draft. In my mock draft I said […]

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 29: Gregory Campbell #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 29, 2016 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 2-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2015-16 Blue Jackets Season in Review: Gregory Campbell

Gregory Campbell. One of the many Soupy’s in the league (well one of at least two) and the hero of all old school hockey fans everywhere. In his first season as a Jacket, Campbell was pretty much as advertised. A fourth line center who will kill penalties, block shots, and practically never get on the scoresheet. […]


Union Blue Radio Episode 58: Two “I”s in Invoice

Wednesday night, Sam, Alison, and Matt returned to Union Blue Radio after a month away from the podcast. And to make it a special return, they welcomed the incomparable Jeff Marek to the show! Hear them talk about hearing the gasp, the chummed waters, maturity beyond years, second generation players, activation, a bully at the dot, […]

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 16:  James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs knocks the puck away from Boone Jenner #38 of the Columbus Blue Jackets after slipping past the defense of Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period on October 16, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

2015-16 Blue Jackets Season in Review: Boone Jenner

As a sporting culture, we are never entirely sure where to place leadership in the pantheon of intangibles. Depending on who you talk to, being a leader can be the end all, be all or it can mean squat. Boone Jenner has been anointed as a leader since he donned a Blue Jackets uniform. Does […]

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 13: Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the Barrie Colts watches the puck following a save against Dante Salituro #26 of the Ottawa 67's during an OHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on March 13, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets Ink Center Dante Salituro

In what was expected to be a quiet free agency period for the Columbus Blue Jackets, they did announce a solid depth signing of undrafted 19-year-old Dante Salituro who has spent the past four years with the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL. During his major junior career, Salituro has put up 111 goals and 149 assists […]