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Jeff Svoboda


419 or 614 (via Lorain, Ohio)

Member since 03 March 2017

When I was getting my journalism degree at Ohio State, I said to myself, "I want to be a hockey writer." And here we are. Former editor of Buckeye Sports Bulletin and a longtime hockey nut thanks to the Cleveland Lumberjacks. I occasionally put on skates and goalie pads. Will watch any level as long as there's sticks and pucks.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: A three-way tie: Gamble's pick-six vs. Penn State, Foligno's OT goal vs. Pittsburgh, and Rajai's homer in Game 7.
  • HOCKEY PLAYER: Matt Calvert. Or Ron Francis.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 31 Jul 2017

Haha, those were good puns though.

It's not good for the league when 20-25 percent of games are going to overtime, I think. This is one reason I'm in favor for changing the standings, it would incentivize trying to win in regulation and more fairly apportion points because of that. 

Comment 28 Jul 2017

The unfortunate thing, at least for you, is that the general fan I think loves the shootout. You go to games and everyone gets on their feet and there's a buzz in the building. I know hockey purists tend to hate it, and at the end of the day it was not ideal when so many games were going to them. Now, with 3-on-3, I suppose it's not as big a deal because so many games end before the shootout. And at the end of the day, you have to go with the fans on some things, I suppose.

Comment 23 Jul 2017

Porty will still be covering the Jackets, that much I'm sure of. 

I haven't had the chance to cross paths with him quite as much as Rob has, but Porty did a great, great job at the Dispatch. He's one of the best NHL beat writers in the business, and he's always been good to me when I've seen him. I wish him the best of luck wherever he lands. 

Comment 13 Jul 2017

You made some good points in there, especially with how it got harder and harder to score as the season went on. Jarmo clearly knew that as he went about trying to improve the team. The thing is time is still on his side. What does Duchene do right now to help a terrible Colorado team? There's time to make that deal still. Nothing has really changed from day one of free agency IMO.

Comment 13 Jul 2017

I will admit I didn't include Gagner because we all pretty much knew he was gone as soon as he had all those goals in the first few months, haha. But that is kind of an oversight. If you think about it that way, this team now lost 4 of its core forwards from last year in Saad, Gagner, Karlsson and Hartnell. The one big acquisition is Panarin and a whole season of Bjorkstrand, plus Motte and Schroeder. Then Hannikainen and the young guys. Does it all add up? We shall see. It will be fun to watch.

Comment 09 Jul 2017

This always seemed like a pipe dream at best, but it does kind of stink to see one more option off the table.