Poll is closed, results forthcoming.
Got some great videos tonight from a great win:
Jackets lost a close one in OT. They maybe didn’t play well enough to deserve to win but neither did the Flames. A break or two either way and this game could have been 5-1 for either team.
On to the GIFs!
I got a new toy today in the way of a Personal Video Recorder (PVR). This means new features for you! I didn’t capture the Kings goals tonight because ugh.
Dubinsky’s hit that earned him an ejection:
Dubinsky’s response to the ejection:
Shot map site is screwed up, temporarily removed the image.
I wanted to take a step outside of the normal #CBJ chatter to share a story from my local adult league hockey game from last night:
My team, B-Dubs Hockey Club, faced off against another team, The Lucky Pucks, at the Chiller North last night at 10:40pm. Yes, 10:40pm. The weather forecast for last night was looking pretty bleak earlier in the day so I was expecting a rough drive in. I was surprised to see the roads were fine and I was able to make it to the rink without any problems. The combination of the late start and the weather forecast had me wondering how many people on our team would be out. I was one of the last to arrive at the rink for my team and was happy to see that we had a full roster on hand. A full roster for us means 3 full lines of forwards and defensemen, or 15 total skaters. In fact we even had an extra sub on hand just in case anyone got hurt so we had 16 skaters.
The Lucky Pucks? They were not so fortunate. As we were waiting for the Zamboni to finish cleaning the ice we noticed there were only a handful of skaters on the other team waiting by the door. Right before puck dropped I checked their bench and confirmed that they had a total of 6 skaters dressed. That’s 5 on the ice and one on the bench.
A CAHL (Chiller Adult Hockey League) game consists of three 12 minute periods. We scored our first goal just 30 seconds into the game and by the end of the first period the score was 5-0. We changed strategies after the first period, moving some offense to defense and some defense to offense. We self imposed a “minimum of two passes before shooting” every time we entered the zone. They were already tired and we weren’t about to run up the score even more by having our top scorers scoring on breakaways. We would end up coring 2 more goals in the 2nd period making it 7-0.
With the score already 7-0 to start the 3rd period we asked the ref if they wanted to switch to a running clock (meaning the clock doesn’t stop with the whistle). The Lucky Pucks were clearly exhausted by this point and we figured everyone just wanted the game to be over. Unfortunately, it seemed, the refs didn’t hear our pleas and kept a normal clock. Despite being exhausted The Lucky Pucks fought on. We would end up scoring 4 more goals in the 3rd period (including goals by a player playing in his first game and another scoring their first goal in 28 games).
The final score was 11-0. Had the game not ended at close to midnight we were going to invite them out for beers after because they’d definitely earned it.
Fast forward to today where we found out today that one of our players (who wasn’t at the game) happens to work with one of the refs that called the game. When asked about the running clock:
…he said he continually asked the other team if they wanted a running clock and the “two oldest guys hes ever seen playing” said no, they want to get their money’s worth.
So, here was a team with 5 skaters and 1 sub, down 11-0 with 5 minutes left in the 3rd period and when asked if they wanted to take an easy way out they flat out said no way, they paid to play 36 minutes, they were going to get their 36 minutes.
There is a sign hanging up near (or in) the Columbus Blue Jackets locker room that says “60 minutes. No excuses. No regrets.” These guys were the living embodiment of that mantra. The Blue Jackets played a much better game on Saturday than they have all season. It remains to be seen if they can do so on a consistent basis (but I do have my hopes up). If they’re looking for inspiration I know of 6 guys and a goalie on an adult league team here in Columbus that could probably show them a thing or two.
First things first, what is the #CBJSocial Station? Well… how about I let the Blue Jacket’s site give you the facts and point you towards my buddies over at The Union Blue sharing their Social Station experience from opening night.
Now that you’ve read both of those (you did read both of those, right?) you should have a good idea what the Social Station is all about.
So, now the question on everyone’s mind is “Yeah, but how do I get in?” Well, I have just the opportunity you might be looking for. Having made my fair share of #CBJ related ‘shops in the past I’ve decided to let you guys show me your stuff (keep it clean!). I’ve got two images courtesy of Chris Blake (@PhotogBlake) below that you can download and work your Photoshop magic on.
But what if I don’t have Photoshop?
No worries! Feel free to use any image editing software you’d like! Photoshop, Gimp, various online image editors or even MS Paint (MS Paint has a certain charm to it that always gets bonus points).
- You must be a CBJ fan
- You must be able to attend the game on Monday
- You must share your experience at the game on your favorite social media platforms almost to the point of annoyance. (Ok maybe not that far… maybe)
- Your entry must be PG… ok maybe PG13
- Your entry should not be overly negative towards the CBJ
- Your entry must be in by 10 am on Saturday
How to enter:
- Download either of the two pictures below (click to see the full picture, right click and save as)
- Edit the picture however you see fit (make it funny, make it awesome, incorporate a CBJ meme, be creative!)
- Email your entry to RedditCBJ(at)gmail(dot)com by noon on Saturday along with your name & social media username
- Limit of two entries per person (one of each picture)
How will winners be chosen?
- One winner will receive a pair (2) of tickets for my personal favorite entry.
- One winner will receive a pair (2) of tickets for the most popular entry as will be decided by public voting which will end at noon on Sunday.
Here are your picture choices:
Clicking the picture will take you to the full size version that you can download.
Good luck and have fun!
I’m sure you all watched the game. It was bad. Turnovers left and right, completely unable to complete a pass. I’ll keep this short… who impressed me? No one. Who didn’t? Everyone.
So I’m going to do something a little different with this game recap and take a look at something I’ve noticed in the first 3 games that, if it continues, could potentially be a bad thing for the season.
I noticed during the Phoenix game that we were getting almost no puck penetration at all inside the slot/high probability scoring areas. We were taking shots from near the goal line or up by the blue line. These were giving LaBarbera way too much time to see the puck coming and make the easy glove save or just not creating the rebound opportunities that this team is going to need to score goals (see: Prospal’s goal on Monday night).
We can’t rely on the breakaway to save us like it did versus Nashville and Detroit.
I pulled up the Game Trackers for each of the first 3 games on the CBS Sports site because they have a pretty solid shot map showing where each of the teams shots (and goals) were taken from on the ice. For example, here’s the GameTracker for the Phoenix game. Load this page and click “Total” and you should see the shot placement map.
I combined this with the Elias Sports Bureau’s (official stat keeper of the NHL) definition of a “Scoring Chance”:
…clarifies a scoring chance as an attempt or shot taken from a “home-plate shaped area” that goes from the top of the faceoff circles, through the faceoff dots, then angled to the goal posts.
Here are the shot maps for all 3 games (the “Total Shots” view includes shootout goals so I’ve included any such goals with the “SO” tag on or next to it). In case it’s not obvious which team the shots are for, look for the logo on the ice:
The #CBJ only had roughly 4 shots on goal from inside this area (the two overlapping X’s next to the SO goals were failed SO attempts) and two right on the border. Nashville had around 8 in the first period alone (converting one into a goal) and two more in the 3rd period.
Take a look at this map. Look at all those red X’s… and say a silent thank you to GM Scott Howson for trading for Sergei Bobrovsky… Looking at this map, I don’t know how we came away with a point from this game. The Red Wings had 8 in the first period, 8 in the second period (1 goal) and 10 in the 3rd period (1 goal). The #CBJ actually did a pretty solid job of getting shots in this area as well.
Here’s where it really starts to stand out… By my count the Jackets had 4 legit shots inside this zone and two on the border. The Coyotes, while not much better had 10 shots from inside the “scoring chance” area and converted on 4 of those (with a 5th coming just outside). In this game more than any other, the Jackets took way too many shots from down by the goal line or up near the blue line. They’re going to have to do a better job of getting penetration into this area.
Through 3 games, the #CBJ have just 2 goals from inside this area (both against Detroit) and 4 goals from outside. Their opponents have 7 from inside and 3 from outside.
Oh what could have been… In the first game post-lockout where the most vocal dissenters had declared from high upon social media mountaintops that they would never watch another hockey game again… the #CBJ’s home opener was met with the largest non-playoff game crowd in franchise history. Yes, you heard that right. In the first home game following the second lockout in the the #CBJ’s short existence, following the team’s worst season finish ever… fans turned out in record numbers. And unlike in previous years, very few of them were Red Wings fans (though the ones that WERE there were as obnoxious and annoying as ever). 19,206 fans turned out to watched the Jackets take the ice against the hated rivals from up north. It’s a shame the game didn’t turn out how everyone hoped.
Final score: Detroit 4 (SO) – Columbus 3
Detroit came out firing on all cylinders, hammering shots at Bobrovsky for the first 20 minutes. Columbus managed to give the Red Wings 3 power plays in the first period and spent most of that time playing on their heels. Some incredible saves combined with some bad luck from the Red Wings (I believe they hit the post/crossbar 3 times on the same powerplay) kept the game tied. By the end of the period the shots were 9-2 in favor of the Red Wings but the score miraculously remained 0-0.
The second period didn’t start much better for Columbus. Detroit didn’t lose a beat during the intermission and whatever adjustments the Jackets made didn’t seem to have any effect. The Red Wings scored early in the second off of a shot from the point in which Nikita Nikitin let himself be manhandled by Henrik Zetterberg right in front of Bobrovsky. Zetterberg gave him a monstrous shove right as the shot was coming in and the falling Nikitin turned out to be a very effective screen as the puck sailed past Bob.
The Red Wings would score again off a great passing play that allowed Ian White to deliver a one timer from the bottom of the circle right over Bob’s head (who, it appeared, ducked out of the way of the shot…). There was a lot of confusion as to the validity of this goal. The puck, from my angle, appeared to hit the crossbar and bounce in front of Bobrovsky. The TV camera angle was nearly identical to where we were sitting and appeared to show the exact same thing. The ‘behind the camera’ angle wasn’t much better as Bobrovsky’s dark jersey made it hard to see if the puck ever hit the back of the net. The TV broadcast never showed the ‘above the goal’ angle to be sure. However, based on the trajectory the shot came in at and the similar angle it took back towards the shooter, combined with a dull ‘thump’ instead of the familiar ‘clang’ sound when a shot hits the crossbar, it appears likely that the puck slipped right under the crossbar, hit the padded vertical support bar at the back of the net and bounced right back out at the same angle. While I still haven’t seen a picture/video that shows the puck clearly in the net, the way the puck rebounded and sounded when it made contact makes it less likely that the puck hit the crossbar instead of going in.
Down 2-0 more than halfway through the second period and showing very little signs of life offensively it looked like the boys in Union Blue were staring down the barrel of a potential blowout. Fortunately for the team and the 19,206 fans in attendance, the #CBJ finally got the spark they were needing (and boy was it a big spark) via a fantastic play from two of the team’s up and coming young stars. Ryan “Joey” Johansen found himself with the puck near the defensive blue line and saw a streaking Cam Atkinson on the verge of splitting the defense just ahead of him. Joey fed Cam a perfect pass right as he was skating into the offensive zone. Cam turned on the afterburners, blew past the defender and deked Red Wings goaltender, Jimmy Howard, completely out of Columbus while burying the puck in the net. Just like that, the Jackets were back in the game.
The third period showed more signs of life for Columbus as they managed to draw several penalties from the Red Wings and convert a couple power plays into goals. Early in the 3rd period James “Wiz” Wisniewski blasted a one timer from the blue line past Howard. Replay showed it deflected slightly off of a Wings player’s stick but I don’t think Howard ever saw the shot to begin with. The #CBJ who had only moments ago (relatively, in game minutes terms) been down 2-0 had now fought back and tied the game 2-2. They comeback would reach a crescendo a few minutes later when Vinny Prospal gathered a rebound off of a Nikitin blast off the glass and fired it top shelf over Jimmy Howard through traffic. The team many, including the NBC Sports broadcast team, was ready to count out of the game was now sitting on a 3-2 lead in the 3rd period.
Sadly, that’s around the time the #CBJ’s luck would run out. The Red Wings managed to regain some of their first period form and kicked up their pressure in the final 8ish minutes of the game. Pavel Datsyuk would eventually score maybe the easiest goal of his career off of a slick pass through a couple out of place #CBJ players and gently glide it into the net past Bobrovsky who never saw him standing at the back door. I watched this goal several times after I got home from the game and several players appeared to be out of position leaving the passing play open.
With the game tied 3-3, both teams appeared to be comfortable sending the game to OT and taking the free point. During the five minute OT, the stats show the Red Wings out-shot the Blue Jackets 4-1 but from my recollection they didn’t have any really good scoring opportunities. The #CBJ appeared to be out-playing the Red Wings in overtime but were unable to convert on a few good chances and the game headed to the shootout where the Red Wings went on to win in the 4th round off of an impressive goal by Red Wings rookie Damien Brunner. Cam Atkinson had his first round shootout goal reviewed and eventually negated after he was seen to have touched the puck after Howard made the initial save. The truly unfortunate part of this was that in Howard’s attempt to make the save, he his momentum had steered the puck towards the goal and it was headed past the goal line when Atkinson touched it the second time. Had he not touched it, it likely would have gone in anyway and been a good goal.
It was an exciting game and the Jackets showed amazing resiliency in battling back from down 2-0 to take the lead 3-2. Ultimately it was defensive breakdowns from usually reliable defenders that appeared to cost them the game. If you had told any #CBJ fan that through 2 games (against hated rivals in Nashville and Detroit) that the Jackets would have 3 out of a possible 4 points I can’t imagine you’d find anyone upset. That said, I can’t help but think of the incredible missed opportunity to show your record attendance crowd that this wasn’t the “same old Blue Jackets” that can never beat Detroit. The hardcore fans can pick apart the game and see how this team is different than past teams but to the casual fan I hope they didn’t see this as “more of the same”, because it definitely wasn’t.
I’ve heard talk that the next home game (Saturday) against Chicago is nearing a sellout as well. To me, this will be the truest test the CBJ will face in the early portion of the season. The Blackhawks are red hot right now, off to their first 3-0 start since the early 70′s and they dominated the Jackets so wholly and completely last season that I’d hoped we’d never have to play them again. I believe the cumulative score in all 6 meetings last season was something like 39-12 in favor of Chicago. If the Jackets can win this game against a hot Chicago team in front of another sellout crowd… well let’s just say it would be HUGE for our season.
Who impressed me:
- Cam Atkinson – What a beauty goal. Cam is going to be huge for this team this year. He’s one of only a couple players on this team with the raw skill to beat the other team by himself. Most of our goals are probably going to come off of rebounds and deflections. Cam, meanwhile will be scoring highlight reel goals all season.
- Sergei Bobrovsky – Don’t let the 4 goals against fool you. The Red Wings are one of the top puck possession teams in the league. They are great at feeding passes through the defense and getting shots on net (of which they had 42 on Monday). If not for Bobrovsky, this could have been a 6-3 regulation win for the Red Wings.
- Ryan Johansen – It’s amazing how Joey has calmed all doubts the fans had after seeing him in camp. He’s been a force for the CBJ through 2 games, showing some great creativity and offensive hockey sense. His feed to Cam on the Jackets first goal was maybe as good as the goal itself.
- Nick Foligno – Foligno is very quick and always seems to find a way to beat one or two defenders and get behind the defense with the puck. So far it’s only found him in the corner waiting for his teammates to help (or drawing a BS goalie interference penalty when he actually does make it to the net). Once he develops some chemistry with his linemates, he will be one of this team’s top point producers.
- Matt Calvert – Matty Hustle was a force to be reckoned with on Monday. He used his speed to single handedly generate a couple offensive opportunities. He won two foot races to save an icing call and at one point he managed to kill off about 15-20 seconds of a Red Wings power play by single handedly tying up the puck behind the Red Wings net while being hammered on by 3 Wings players.
And who didn’t:
- Nikita Nikitin – I had some concerns with Niki6′s play/apparent energy level during the first day of camp but I was relieved when I’d heard he had a rough travel schedule and hadn’t slept yet. I was again a bit concerned with his play during the Nashville game where he was having trouble keeping pucks in the offensive zone and appeared to be ‘gliding’ out there at times instead of skating. But they won so I ignored it. There was no ignoring his game on Monday. He was… not good. Constantly out of position, getting manhandled in front of Bobrovsky on the first Detroit goal and blocking Bob’s view of Datsyuk on the backdoor (while not being in position to break up the pass) on the tying goal in the 3rd. Not sure what’s up with Nikitin but he’s been less than stellar out there the first two games.
- Jack Johnson – Jack didn’t have an ‘awful’ game on Monday. He ended up +1 (which ultimately means nothing in a single game situation but everyone likes to point to him always being negative so nyah). Late in the game he had several weak or bad decision passes that got intercepted and led to Red Wings scoring opportunities. He also had 32 minutes TOI which lead all players so perhaps he was a bit tired.
- The refs – I’m trying to not be a homer here but there were so many missed interference/holding calls and even a blatantly obvious cross-check in the 3rd period. Combined with the Foligno “goaltender interference” call where he was given a strong two handed shove right into the goaltender, the refs were off their game in a big way.
last_sd:If we lose this game/barely beat CBJ we will see about 100 trade proposals selling off our roster and 50 threads on how Babcock/Holland should be fired
irishtemper: Wings win this one 5-1…big night for Datsyuk.
ComeAtMeBro: AHHH, ****ing post!
theYman:What? 2 posts in a row now!!!! OMG!! We may never score a goal for the rest of the season.
theYman:BobberHead is standing on his head.
JmanWingsFan:…Is Bob the new Brian Elliot?
SoupGuru:Pierre isn’t biased at all. But he’s “worried” about the Wings having the momentum.
ComeAtMeBro:Yeah, the face-off penalty is so ****ing stupid, found out about it earlier today. ****.
13 HockeyTown 40:Oh. My. God.
The Zetterberg Era:you could see that one coming at their blue line.
theYman:Uhhh. Can Jimmy stop anybody on a breakaway anymore??
Forty: Saw that coming a mile away.
ComeAtMeBro: HAHAHAHAHA and that’s game. 0-2 boys.
barnztormre: You KNEW that was coming. This is INFURIATING.
JmanWingsFan: I give up…
Sameheda: This is ****ing embarrassing.
fimoknete: lol, come on. its ****ing columbus
barnztormre:WE GET A POINT!!!! WE GET A POINT!!!!!!!!!!
gretskidoo:A tie is like a win for BJ fans. We’ll be there soon, too..
theYman: Dats no goal = we lost ****!!
Thats My Hat: That was the most beautiful deke I have ever seen from someone not named Datsyuk. Just had a little school girl fit.
schminksbro:I am so proud the boys eeked out a shootout win over Columbus
And finally, from HTT3:
As for the CBJs game, Smith gave them a free point that resulted in them moving further up the standing. CBJs are better this year, DRWs are worse. The last thing you want to do is give your division rival free points. That point could be a deciding factor…
This is strangely the first time I’ve gotten a chance to do a game recap on this blog. I’d never actually taken the time to figure out how I was going to go about doing these. Everyone else can tell you what happened and how guys looked but I’m going to do things a little differently. I’ll start with some thoughts on the game and then transition into sharing one of my favorite post-game past-times with you: reading all of the CBJ hate from the other team’s fans.
So… where to begin? (I’m still figuring this out, afterall). Guess I’ll start with who impressed me during the game.
- Artem Anisimov – Wow… this guy. I know we expected him to be a rock solid player that has the potential to score some goals but he put on quite a display on Saturday. His (first) backhand shelf goal over Pekka Rinne’s shoulder while being molested by a Predators player was a thing of beauty. If Artie can keep this up, we’ve got a potential star in the making. Only time will tell.
- Nick Foligno – Showed some great offensive moves and a willingness to battle in front of the net that earned him a goal off a Fedor Tyutin blast. Was very close to scoring a second goal but some bad puck luck kept it out of the net.
- Sergei BOBROVSKY – Bobs let in an easy one early but, while I haven’t seen the full replay, I’ve been told that it was a 100% screen and might have deflected off of Wiz’s stick. Despite that, he never threw in the towel and battled hard all night. He almost made it look easy out there, but there were a couple hairy moments, especially late in the 3rd period. The other goal was off of a fluky play where Bobs lost his stick which was wedged between his legs and the puck went through Nikitin’s legs, redirected right through Bob’s five hole, which he was unable to fully close because his stick was stuck between.
- Ryan Johansen – Joey, by almost all accounts, had a rough showing early on in camp. He was out-worked and manhandled the entire first day of camp. I heard he got better every day as the week went on but I wasn’t able to get out to see for myself. Many expected him to go back to Springfield to get #1 C minutes but he surprisingly made the opening night roster. And it’s a damn good thing he did too. Joey was clearly in mid-season form against the Preds on Saturday. He was out-hustling Nashville all night and showed a couple offensive flashes that, if he can convert, will be highlight reel goals.
- Fedor Tyutin - Tyuts had a very good outing. He played defensively solid and had the primary assist on both regulation goals. The feed to Anisimov on the 2-2 tying goal was absolutely beautiful. I went back and rewound it just to see who made the pass.
- Matt Calvert – Matty Hustle… and boy did he ever. Last time we saw Calvert in Columbus he was doing a whole lot of nothing. Howson said in one of the “Behind the Battle” episodes that Matt was a little bitter after being sent down and it took him a while to re-focus in Springfield. Since then, Howson is on record as saying he considered Calvert to be one of their best players in Springfield (on a team loaded with guys like Cam, JAM and Joey). Calvert has even been known to drop the gloves a few times for the Falcons (and twice in one game if I recall correctly). He’s added quite a bit of grit to his game and it showed on Saturday. He’s got the confidence to match his speed and he’s not afraid to get in the middle of the action and battle it out.
- Derick Brassard – Brass reminded me just how good his vision and hockey sense is on Saturday. The C.U.B. line looked a little rusty as a group but each player looked good individually. Once they start clicking again I’m seeing 20+ assists in Brassard’s future.
- Jared Boll – Yes… Jared Boll. I’m usually one of the first to complain about Boll being worthless on this roster. Most of that is based on his play last season where he did a whole lot of losing fights and made a lot of borderline dirty hits. If you watch highlight videos from the past few seasons you’ll see that Boll actually used to have some pretty OK offensive moves. He must have put them on the shelf last season because they were nowhere to be found. Boll actually found himself in the right place at the right time several times with some good offensive chances. In addition to that he had a crazy good clean open-ice hit that lead to Shea Weber’s ill-advised attempt at retaliation. Weber managed to get himself the extra 2 after their brief scrum, taking him off the ice for 7ish minutes. Anisimov went on to score the tying goal during Weber’s stint in the box. Weber for Boll? I’ll take that trade any day.
Not so much:
- No one. For the first time in a long time I can say that there wasn’t one player that I thought “Wow he’s having a bad game”. There were mistakes, of course. Brass had a couple turnovers, Nikitin missed a couple passes on the blue line that let the puck out of the zone, Wiz and JJ’s (“El Dorado”) firing squad seemed to be hitting high or wide on every shot. But as a team they played a great game and it was a great team win.
Oh the hate:
For a couple years now I’ve loved going into the opposing team’s HF Boards game thread and reading their hate for the CBJ. I’ve decided to share some of their hate with you this season:
Can’t believe it’s herre !!
Pred 5 – 1 CBJ … hat trick by Roman Josi
Smith is flying. And our defense looks like it will be fine without Suter.
To which Everlong replies:
Keep in mind it is Columbus.
brah must have seen something no one else did on Boll’s hit:
clearly left his feet
ZombPred didn’t like Boll’s penalty box antics:
Boll being a punk to the fans in the box.
And dknash was smelling conspiracy:
Refs must really feel sorry for Columbus or something.
After Anisimov ties it up:
worstfaceoffmanever: Gaustad just got abused…
PredsV82: Holy **** that was bad…. rinne looking less than stellar tonite
Everlong: Soft play on Anisimov, bah. Shouldn’t have even made it that far in close.
After the goal the Jackets started to carry the play and the Preds fans weren’t too pleased:
BorqueBorqueBork: We’re letting them control the puck a bit too much in the D zone.
golfmade: If the purpose at the moment is to let Rinne face all kinds of shots from various angles we’re doing a great job.
ZombPred: Wish we had traitor toots to knock Boll on his butt.
golfmade: 2-2 after 2 periods. Boll taking liberties with several players that period.
PredsV82: Weber needs to redeem his stupidity… Rinne is gonna let in at least one more tonight, I fear….
Not a whole lot happened after that but Preds fans had some nice things to say about Bob:
PredsV82: his two goals earlier may have been kinda weak but Bobrovsky is saving CBJ’s bacon in OT
On to the shootout!
PredsV82: frakkkk…. that backhand is just unstoppable…. the Fiddler move..
Machinehead (a NYR fan pops in): Oh not Anisimov. Now it’s weird
golfmade: Wow, what a goal by Anisimov.
Paranoid Android: Anisimov has some sweet hands. Second backhand “goal” tonight
worstfaceoffmanever: We lost the moment Brassard scored, regardless of what Smith does…
golfmade: ****ity **** ****, ****!
brah: awww look how happy they are, its cute
Finally I’ll leave you with a comment from Legionnaire11:
And everyone said how badly the Jackets did in that trade. I think they brought in some really good players and improved the TEAM as a whole. Sucks that I used to like Anisimov too, I can tell already that i’ll hate him in a hurry.
Atkinson and Foligno will be good, and Bobrovsky is the best goalie they’ve ever had (once they learn to anticipate and clear his rebounds).
Most of the readers of this post already know this information. This post is geared towards the newer or more casual fan who is interested in learning more about the team following the lockout. Included is a couple pictures of the player, last years stats and any interesting details and a video of some sort.
Currently this list only contains the players who are all but guaranteed to make the opening night roster. I will update it once camp ends and the roster is decided. Because there are so many new players to the team this year or players that joined in the middle of last season there are several pictures still using their old uniforms/headshots. I’ll update those as well once the #CBJ take their new official headshots and we start getting pictures of the players in #CBJ gear. If player played for the #CBJ last season I’ve only included his stats with the Blue Jackets. Salary numbers are for an 82 game schedule.