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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.

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  • 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 18 Nov 2019

Great analysis Dan...I appreciate the data backing up what I think we all see. Artemi is just one of those rare athletes that have the talent to make everyone around them better. 

It is unfortunate that the CBJ were unable to sign Panarin, but it appears that GM Jarmo and the team did everything they could to persuade him to stay. While I miss having him on our team, I respect him because he played hard right to the end of the playoffs last year.

Comment 12 Nov 2019

That all sounds about right to me, except I think one of Gavrikov, Harrington or Kukan could also be available for trade depending on the scouting reports of the other team in the trade and what assets they are willing to offer. 

Comment 11 Nov 2019

He'd be a great fit if our team and our city could appeal to him (and he would fit within our available cap space next year).

Comment 11 Nov 2019

I agree with Matt. Three games seems a little high to me, given that it was a first offense and it was not intentional. The game moves fast and inadvertent contact will sometimes happen. I would have thought two (same as Lucic) would have been fair. This just strikes me as "we in the player safety department don't care about Columbus, so we will make an example of the CBJ captain so folks are more careful in the future." Same thing happened to Wisnewki a decade ago.

I have no confidence that a player from a Canadian city would have received three games.

Comment 03 Nov 2019

Observations from NWA on the Calgary game:

I was at the game last night and in short, it was a discouraging full team loss.

The first Flames’ goal looked pretty soft. On the second goal, after a wide open shot on a defensive breakdown, Korpi left a rebound right in a very high danger area – which went right to another wide open opponent. To me, these patterns have developed into a real bad habit. We all knew that scoring goals was going to be a problem, but more worrisome are the continual defensive breakdowns.

It seemed to me that on the offensive end of the ice, everyone is beginning to press too hard. The hockey term is “gripping the stick too tight.” The CBJ put plenty of shots on net, but very few looked like dangerous chances. I thought Kole Sherwood looked pretty good in his first game this season, PLD was always in the thick of things, and Josh generated several scoring opportunities.

With all of that said, I really hated to see the boo birds come out so early in the season. The crowd was pretty thin for a Saturday night when the Buckeyes did not play.

Comment 02 Nov 2019

Sadly no team was going to trade away a key piece of its future for three months (or even six months) of Panarin. I think the best the CBJ could have hoped for is a second round pick, between 40th and 60th overall pick and it is entirely possible the best offer the team actually received was a 3rd and 4th round pick. Both Bob and Bread killed their own trade value by making it clear there were only a limited number of teams they were willing to resign with, and none of those teams was really in the playoff hunt by the trade deadline  Why not go for it under those unfortunate circumstances. 

We will never know for sure, but I think the low return was one of the reasons neither player was moved last season.

Comment 02 Nov 2019

Sadly no team was going to trade away a key piece of its future for three months (or even six months) of Panarin. I think the best the CBJ could have hoped for is a second round pick, between 40th and 60th overall pick and it is entirely possible the best offer the team actually received was a 3rd and 4th round pick. Both Bob and Bread killed their own trade value by making it clear there were only a limited number of teams they were willing to resign with, and none of those teams was really in the playoff hunt by the trade deadline  Why not go for it under those unfortunate circumstances. 

We will never know for sure, but I think the low return was one of the reasons neither player was moved last season.

Comment 30 Oct 2019

The CBJ have the last line change at home tonight, so to a large extent Torts can control the match ups. I would certainly want my best defense pairing on the ice at all times with the McDavid line. As to the forwards I would try to use most often, I might be inclined to move Captain Foligno back to this line and try to have the Anderson-Foligno-Jenner line on when the Oliers' best line comes over the boards.

I realize that puts Milano on the top line, but what the heck, it would be interesting to see what kind of chemistry he develops with PLD and Cam. He certainly has the offensive skills and Torts has commented that so far this season he is much more responsible with the puck.

Comment 25 Oct 2019

A tie against a Western Conference team is meaningless--the OT loser disappears with that extra point back to the other conference. When the Good Guys don't put away conference rivals in regulation time however, that extra point can factor into whether or not we make the playoffs, or get home ice advantage. I suppose giving up that point to teams that probably aren't going to figure in the playoff hunt may not matter (We're looking at you NJD & NYR), but points to teams like Toronto or Carolina could loom large come April.

Comment 24 Oct 2019

Don't interpret this as flak, but Larson can't go out and shoot or pass for players. The coach is usually the fall guy in a situation like this, but I'm just not sure different coaching is going to yield better results. (I will grant you however that it would be hard to get worse! :-) )

Comment 14 Oct 2019

QBert, I appreciate the data. Based on the "eye test" I thought he was looking better too, since W has been on the ice for important face offs and several high danger defensive zone situations.

Still, this is too small a sample size...let's reconvene around Thanksgiving (or at least Veterans Day) to re-evaluate.

Comment 06 Oct 2019

I don't want to over react to one disappointing outing, but based on last night, it seems like he might need some time in Cleveland to adjust to the smaller rink, different angles and quicker NHL game. Aaron Portzline did a nice overview about a month ago on just how different it can be for a goaltender.  

Comment 06 Oct 2019

A "flashing yellow light" went off for me last season, when at the conclusion of his European season Elvis did not go to Cleveland to get some experience with the North American ice dimensions and the pace of play.

That said, even though an NHL starting goalie should have stopped a couple of those shots last night, our defense did him no favors, as several of those shots were grade A chances fired on net by some pretty good hockey players.

Comment 02 Oct 2019

Hmm; I agree that everyone in the Metro Division made moves, but I'm not sure they all got better:

> Penguins sent Kessel and his 82 points packing and picked up Galchenyuk and their goaltending is shaky;

> The Caps traded a top four defenseman Niskanen plus forward Burakovsky; plus an old team is all a year older

> The Islanders are the same team as last year, except this season they have a streaky goal tender replacing a Vezina finalist;

> Philly WAY overpaid for Kevin Hayes in a deal that will not help them short term and will hurt them long term (although they do have a young goalie that could be a difference maker in the future);

> I'll grant you, NJD and NYR caught lightning in a bottle and drafted one -- two and made other good moves (Panarin and Subban among others) but they had a lot of room for improvement.

Carolina is a good young team with a very solid defense, but their goaltending is still suspect.

IMO the Division is wide open. We will see; it will be an interesting year.

Comment 27 Sep 2019

As long as Murray is on the roster, we kind of need eight defensemen. :-) Regular readers will recall that I am a big fan of Ryan's when he has been able to stay in the line up, but the reality is that until he can prove that he can stay healthy for 75+ games, we have to assume he won't.