The “Race” for the Final Western Playoff Spot

I considered writing this piece a while ago but I figured it’d probably become obsolete in a big hurry. After all, the “race” for the final playoff spots in the NHL’s Western Conference couldn’t possibly stay as bad as it was. But alas, it did. So I decided to put fingers to keyboard after the […]

Blue Jackets Window Just Starting to Open

The Columbus Blue Jackets could use some good news in light of recent developments with their best players. A quick review of the status of the rest of their franchise should provide you with the comfort you’re looking for. Sometimes a different perspective is needed when it comes to viewing a painful situation. Let’s be […]

2019 World Juniors: Canada Dominant on Day 1

VANCOUVER — So far, so good. For Canada and for me. Flying into Vancouver, getting to Rogers Arena, finding my designated seat in the press box — ’twas all smooth sailing on the opening day of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Perched high above ice level with a terrific vantage point, I settled in […]

Blue Jackets Showing Some Signs of Life

The Columbus Blue Jackets had a real opportunity this week to bank some points against some weaker opponents. This was the perfect way to move on from an embarrassing 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals last Saturday while trying to find their way on home ice. This week proved to be tougher than some anticipated, […]

Dubas Kicks the Cap Down the Road

When word came in the waning minutes of Saturday’s 5:00 p.m. NHL deadline that the Toronto Maple Leafs had come to terms with restricted free agent William Nylander, there was a collective sigh of relief among Leaf Nation. With minutes remaining before he was ineligible to play for the remaining 2018-19 season, Maple Leafs general manager […]

Evaluating John Tortorella at 1,200 NHL Games

The Columbus Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella have a funny thing in common. They each started in the year 2000. Of course the Blue Jackets began play at Nationwide Arena along with tonight’s opponent, the Minnesota Wild. That was the same year Tortorella started out as a head coach. Now 1,200 games later, […]

NHL Recaps: Suspension Over, Wilson Helps Caps Past Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Tom Wilson returned early from his player-safety suspension and scored a first-period goal, helping the Washington Capitals cool off Minnesota with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night for the Wild’s first regulation loss at home. Dmitry Orlov had his first two goals of the season and an assist, Andre Burakovsky and […]

Blue Jackets: Same Old Song & Dance

Will getting owned at home by the last place team in the standings finally wake up the slumbering Columbus Blue Jackets? For their sake, they better hope so. Despite making a game of it in the third period, the Blue Jackets arrived late and eventually lost an embarrassing 5-3 game to the Detroit Red Wings. […]