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New Albany (via United States)

MEMBER SINCE   April 28, 2017

I grew up in Detroit in the Gordie Howe era. The Red Wings remain my "second team". My mother was Canadian and had me up on skates when I was 4. She followed 4 brothers around rinks in western Canada, supporting them in her youth and was the one that taught me how to get accuracy on my wrist shot in the upper half of the net. Before the Blue Jackets arrived, I was a season ticket holder for Buckeye hockey.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 1980 Olympic Gold Medal
  • HOCKEY PLAYER: Mr. Hockey
  • NHL TEAM: CBJ, Red WIngs
  • NFL TEAM: None
  • NBA TEAM: None
  • MLB TEAM: Detroit Tigers & San Francisco Giants
  • SOCCER TEAM: Queens Park Rangers & Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 24 minutes ago

Back in September when the story first broke that Bob might just play out this year and leave our fair city, I suggested that were I GM I would offer Bob around $9M X four years or $8M X five years.

I now feel like I was aiming a too little high, but LOL, I expect you are right Dan, there will be one GM out there somewhere that will top that bid.

Comment 13 Dec 2018

Key sentence in this post: "It's worth noting that Bobrovsky and Weekes share the same agent, Paul Theofanous." That said, I'm beginning to wonder if Bob's goal is to get to a team that doesn't play with the "safe is death" defense.

That said, if Bob can't turn it around, does anybody here think he is worth his current price tag (let alone a hefty, long term raise)?

Comment 06 Dec 2018

That is good leadership...don't let the boys get too down on themselves after a bad game filled with a few bad bounces. On the flip side I'm sure many of the readers here will remember several occasions when in the middle of a hot streak Torts worked to keep them from getting too full of themselves by pointing out all the [legit] areas where there was room for improvement. 

Comment 01 Dec 2018

“It’s Duke and Oliver,” Tortorella said. “I have to make a decision. They’re going to have to battle it out as far as who plays.”

Would one of the knowledgeable fans that frequent 1st Ohio Battery please explain to me why the choice regarding who plays isn’t two out of Duke, Oliver and  Sedlack? Heck, I know he has had his ups and downs, but I believe Sonny should be in this mix as well.

Comment 01 Dec 2018

Agreed. The news you shared is a bit ironic given that I think the CBJ have done more deals with the Flyers than any other franchise. 

This respect has been earned and has been a long time coming. I believe the rest of the league realized the CBJ created a good leadership team long before the average central Ohio sports fan. That is understandable given how long it has taken to clean up the mess Doug MacClain created.

Comment 24 Nov 2018

It was a great team win against Toronto last night. Even though the Maple Leafs controled play for long stretches of the game, the CBJ kept working hard, did all the little things right and took advantage of the opportunities when they came. It's great to see the contributions from the second line. (Now the coaching staff just needs figure out how to get more out of the third and fourth lines.)

A couple of observations: (1) during those two consecutive penalties with less than 5 min to go in the second period (one on each team), LOL, the Blue Jackets looked WAY more dangerous when they were short handed than when they were on the PP! It wasn't just Cam's SH goal, but the Blue Jackets were buzzing around the Toronto net for nearly 1/3 of the PK. (2) After the disappointing performance Monday, it was interesting to see Torts give the 4th line get some crucial minutes, including on the PK. 

On to Pittsburgh: I'm glad to see Korpi get another chance to prove he can be a solid contributor...I hope he can rise to the occasion.

Comment 22 Nov 2018

Byouts are a possibility. The fact we're not talking about is that we have nearly $11.4M (14.2% of cap space) tied up in #17 & 71 for two more years (after this season). And according to CapFriendly Mr. Mac is still paying out $4.5M in buyout checks this year and $2.4M next year for Fedor Tyutin and Scott Hartnell. (As a small market team, I'm sure there is a budget limit for players that are no longer playing.) 

All of which is why as a fan I am still cautious about the team overpaying on long term contracts. 

Comment 21 Nov 2018

I hear you SmithWesson and I agree that Panarin is the most dynamic player we have ever had here in Columbus so we all hope we can keep him. BUT, consider this: According to CapGeek, the CBJ have $6.8M left to spend under the salary cap. If we give Artemi his $5M raise, that leaves $1.8M under the cap. Unfortunately, UFA Bobrovsky is also due a contract this summer as are RFA Werensk and Ryan Murray. Next summer, two pretty important players, PLD and Anderson, (both RFAs) are also due contracts. And none of that includes trying to keep a dynamic young player like Duclair.

If we go all out to keep our two stars (Bobbrovsky & Panarin) in town, which two (or maybe even three) of the other five does Jarmo move out because the franchise can't afford to keep them under the cap?  

Comment 21 Nov 2018

Thes film sessions are very helpful, Dan; thank you for adding them this year.

FWIW my first instinct would have been the same as yours: I would have prioritized covering one of the most dangerous scorers in the NHL that is skating down the slot, ten feet in front of the net over a defenseman forty - plus feet away.

Second when I watched this last night in real time and when I watched the clip above, I'm not sure why Savard doesn't get a mention on this goal. He looks like he is stuck in no-mans land: his first move off the face off was to the top of the circle, so he was too far out from in front of the net to protect his goalie from a tip in and yet wasn't in a strong position to cover Tavaras either. 

PS: It all looks so obvious when you can watch it the next day in slow motion! :-)  

Comment 21 Nov 2018

Well, maybe at least it gives us a shot. At least that is what some more neutral hockey websites like TSN and others are reporting. As noted, it will still be expensive however and we have a number of younger players (PLD, Z, Anderson) that will be coming up for a raise soon. Difficult slaray cap decisions will have to be made. The reason Jarmo gets the big bucks and I am just a worker bee is that I'm not sure we can tie up $19 AVV in Bob and Bread for the next five years or more. I realize Chicago has won three Stanley Cups (after a 52 year drought) with a "pay the big stars big bucks" strategy but they will be in salary cap hell for another half decade. It is very similar to the issue the Toronto GM is facing right now with Nylander.

Comment 20 Nov 2018

For the biggest part of the game, the CBJ outplayed the Maple Leafs and that was reflected in the game statistics. You are correct that the good guys played better in the first period, but I didn’t see any fall off in the compete level. In fact the CBJ had more shots and several good scoring chances in both the second and third periods. They just ran into a hot goaltender that shut them down – this time.

If there was an issue, it’s just that Toronto was the deeper team. Hence, our fourth line was on the ice in situations where maybe they shouldn’t have been (& a little longer than they should have been) and it led to two golden opportunities. The CBJ big guns were banging away and playing aggressively right up until the end. I just didn’t see the fragility you saw; I just saw a good team that had a couple of defensive breakdowns at the bottom of the lineup and the Leafs were good enough (and lucky enough) to bury them.

Comment 20 Nov 2018

Toronto’s goalie did to us last night what Bob has done to our opponent dozens of times over the last few years. The CBJ played well, outside of a couple of breakdowns that cost them. Of course I wish the team would have been rewarded for a good effort with a point or two in the standings, but I’m less concerned about last night’s loss than I was after a couple of the losses we took earlier in the year to teams like Carolina and LA. 

Comment 19 Nov 2018

On one level Panarin for Nylander makes sense. While some of Toronto's big stars are still on ELCs they could afford to get Panarin as a rental and load up for a run at the Stanley Cup this year and unload a player that evidently doesn't want to be there.

Unfortunately there are two problems with that strategy: (1) From what I have read, Nylander won't take a bridge contract. He believes he is worth a long term contract with an $8M AAV. I don't think he's earned that yet and I doubt that Jarmo would want to take on Toronto's malcontent. (2) The Maple Leafs need is not scoring: they really need to trade for a top four defenseman and there are a couple of other teams (Hurricanes, Kings, Ducks) that appear more ready to trade those assets than I would be.

Comment 15 Nov 2018

1. I totally agree with your comment regarding Panarin staying away from sick kids with compromised immune systems. We shouldn't read too much into that

2. However, do not underestimate the Panthers. They have a number of high quality young players and can be a very dangerous team. After a horrible start they are now on a hot streak, having won five in a row. I suspect the CBJ will have their hands full tonight.

The other part of the post which is more worrisome is the Ryan Murray situation. He has had such a difficult time staying healthy that, fair or not, ANY vague news about missing practice makes me fear the worst.