1. Columbus Blue Jackets: We Are Who We Thought We Were?

    For those of you who follow the National Football League (NFL), you'll recall when then Phoenix Cardinals coach Dennis Green exclaimed, in the middle of an epic meltdown, "They ...

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  2. Columbus Blue Jackets: First Quarter Team Assessment

    In a manner similar to last season, in which I assessed how the Columbus Blue Jackets performed as a team and individually at the first quarter of the season, I offer my insights ...

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  3. Columbus Blue Jackets: Assessing Head Coach Scott Arniel

    During the offseason, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, after being informed that his leading head coaching candidate, Guy Boucher, turned down his offer to coach ...

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  4. NHL Power Rankings for the Week Ending November 19, 2010

    As we're well into the month of November, there has been some movement in the latest power rankings. Some teams have "come back down to earth" from their spectacular starts, while ...

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  5. Columbus Blue Jackets Register a Beatdown of the St Louis Blues

    Coming off of a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Wild on November 6 th , then having to face the hottest team in the NHL and an old arch nemesis in divisional rival, the St...

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  6. Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild Game Recap

    After eight seasons, the only coach the organization has ever had, Jacques Lemaire, decided to leave the Minnesota Wild . Lemaire was known for utilizing a defense-first, trapping and, at times, stifling style of play...

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  7. NHL Power Rankings: Week Ending November 5, 2010

    There has been some movement in the latest NHL power rankings, particularly as we enter the month of November...

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  8. NHL Game Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens

    Coming off of being blown out by the speedy Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Saturday night, having to face the red-hot Montreal Canadiens seemed like an accident waiting to happen...

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  9. NHL Power Rankings: Detroit Red Wings are No. 1 Through October

    I objected a little to doing Power Rankings this early in the season. It probably stems from my utter disgust with the NCAA for not waiting to do them until Week 6 or Week 7 of the college football season, but I digress...

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  10. The Mike Commodore Situation: Something Doesn't Add Up

    Something both odd and surreal is occurring within the Columbus Blue Jacket organization and it deals with the status of defenseman Mike Commodore...

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  11. Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames Game Recap: Flame Out

    Just when you thought the Columbus Blue Jackets were showing signs of being a competitive team, you get to witness a drubbing like I witnessed tonight...

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  12. Columbus Blue Jackets: Game Recap vs. Anaheim Ducks

    After the opening night crowd of 18,300 left disappointed with the Columbus Blue Jackets were soundly beaten 5-2 by the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, a die-hard ...

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  13. Columbus Blue Jackets: Bad Analogy

    I recently saw the following commentary in Columbus’ local newspaper: http://www.bluejacketsxtra.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/09/29/wild-model-suggests-rough-times-for-jackets...

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  14. Columbus Blue Jackets Drop Disappointing Home Opener to Chicago Blackhawks

    After a relatively successful European road trip to start off the Columbus Blue Jackets 2010-2011 season, expectations were high to open their season in the United States in the friendly confines of Nationwide Arena...

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  15. NHL Eastern Conference Preview: First-Timer

    This is the first time I am attempting predictions of the Eastern Conference. Although I regularly cover the Western Conference, I grew up following an Eastern Conference team and the Eastern Conference in general, albeit a few years ago...

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  16. Columbus Blue Jackets: 10 Burning Questions

    Although the Columbus Blue Jackets stand at 1-1-0, it is never too late to offer the ten burning questions that will determine their fate for the 2010-11 season...

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  17. 2010-2011 NHL Predictions: Fearless Western Conference Predictions 2.0

    Last year, I began my foray into the prognostication of the Western Conference. Good thing I kept my day job...

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  18. Columbus Blue Jackets' Key: Rick Nash

    There is no doubt that Rick Nash is the face of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization. He is its team captain and signature player—thus, why he was awarded an eight-year, $62...

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  19. Columbus Blue Jackets: Asymmetry Defined

    When I was in graduate school, besides the professor's continued response of "it depends"—mostly from marketing professors, of course (those "soft skill" types)—the second most common term I heard was Asymmetry...

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  20. NHL's Novel Concept: Preseason Game Ticket Promotional Ideas

    On my way home from work a few weeks ago I heard a hockey news item about a promotional idea the Pittsburgh Penguins were going to—and did—employ for their preseason game on September 25th against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets...

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  21. The Sheldon Souray Rumors: Warning! Warning!

    For those of us old enough to remember, there was a television show titled Lost in Space. For all who watched the show, it was known primarily for one signature line, one which has ...

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  22. Steve Mason's Contract Extension: A Good Thing Or a Bad Thing?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets recently provided 2008-2009 Calder Trophy recipient Steve Mason a two-year contract extension for $5.8 million. Mason will make $2.6 million for the 2011-2012 season and $3...

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  23. NHL Trade Deadline Analysis: Columbus Blue Jackets

    In response to the NHL trade deadline day, it was back to status quo for the Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ). That means the CBJ were—as they have been in eight of their previous nine years— sellers rather than buyers...

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  24. NHL Power Rankings: Feb. 15, 2010

    With the Winter Olympics now starting, it will give some struggling teams a well-deserved break. Here are the last power rankings, before the Winter Olympic break, as of Feb. 15, 2010. 1...

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  25. Game Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets Vs. Vancouver Canucks

    It was bound to happen, sooner or later, given the Columbus Blue Jackets were playing their third consecutive NHL division leader, but interim coach Claude Noel experienced his first lost as ...

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