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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 19 Sep 2019

No worries. (1) There is a l-o-n-g time before next season, so a lot of things can change; and (2) Even with Wennberg on the roster, at this point we still have at least $19.342M in cap space heading in to next season (and probably more), which should give the CBJ plenty of room to sign all three of the RFAs you mention. And that's assuming Dubinsky adequately states his case over the next eight months for not getting bought out.

Comment 16 Sep 2019

All true and I get that the longer term was going to yield a higher AAV because Provorov was giving up UFA years. 

Since I don't live in the Philadelphia market, I really haven't had the opportunity to watch Provorov much. Many commentators that have pointed out that Ivan has way more holes in his game than that either Z or McAvoy. in fact, he slid backwards this past season in a number of statistical categories. I realize that these contract decisions are a calculated risk by both GMs and agents based on a number of unknowable variables, but given Provorov's uneven performance, I just believe longer term and the higher cost makes this a much riskier deal for Philadelphia.  

I hope PhillyBuckeye 27 will weigh in with his perspective since he lives in that market.

Comment 16 Sep 2019

Focusing on the high potential RFA defensemen that have signed in the last week, Proporov seems to be the outlier. McAvoy and Werenski are fairly comparable contracts ($4,9M AAV vs $5M AAV) and (from what I have read) Proporov has more question marks in his game than either of the other two, so it looks like the Flyers might have overpaid.

Fun fact: At this point in his career, McAvoy has played an average of only about 59 games a season compared to Ryan Murray, who has averaged 53 games per season. So, yeah, GM Jarmo did well on this deal and to his credit, Zach set himself up to do very well on his next contract if his game continues to grow. 

Comment 12 Sep 2019

I read a credible source (Elliott Friedman, I think) that the CBJ did offer $8M x 8 years. Matt ultimately accepted $8M for 7 years to join Nashville. The only part of this that stings a bit is that Duchene accepted $8M less to go to Nashville, so it's pretty clear that is where he wanted to be. I don't know that $500,000/year more would have made a difference.

Comment 09 Sep 2019

I've said it before -- if we don't convert one or two of the defensive players on this list (not named Jones or Werenski)) for a solid top six forward, we have missed a real opportunity to get better. I do believe a window of opportunity will open up when some of the RFAs sign, forcing the trade of some pretty dynamic offensive talents so current teams can get under the salary cap. 

The fact we are even considering the Captain for the top line tells you all you need to know about just how important it will be to turn defensive depth into offensive talent. As a bonus, the CBJ have cap space to take on salary if that is what it takes to make the team better.

Comment 08 Sep 2019

I do understand that the expansion draft is two seasons away, not just one. In my view however if AW can't get some of his mojo back in the 2019-20 season, his trade value will be next to zero anyway. You could be right about a 5th round pick, but I just don't see any team taking on that salary for a player with zero even strength goals. If we lose Wennberg to a waiver claim, at least the $4.9M will be off the CBJ salary cap.

Comment 07 Sep 2019

If he doesn't hit 50 points...say 10 to 15 goals and 35 to 40 assists, the CBJ have to move on. I agree however that with another sub par year is trade value is zilch; and I don't think we can count on the expansion draft to bail us out unless we are also willing to send along a first round draft pick as a sweetener like we did with the LVGK. That leaves a next buyout next summer. If some of the youngsters step up this season however it is possible the team will put him on waivers and send him to Cleveland.

Comment 04 Sep 2019

I don't disagree with your premise that the CBJ have not done well with first round picks. If we are evaluating successful first round draft picks however, I would add Ryan Johansen (who was turned into Seth Jones) plus Jakob Voracek & Derrick Brassard (they were good picks; it wasn't their fault they were shipped off in poor trades). I could also make an argument to include Rusty Klesla as a good use of a first round pick. He was a quality pick that McClain just rushed too fast to the NHL.

Comment 03 Sep 2019

This is just more disrespect for a non-traditional hockey market. I think Canadian hockey fans still resent the fact that Columbus and Nashville have NHL teams and small Canadian towns like Saskatoon and Quebec City don't. On a positive note, Torts will no doubt post those rankings on the locker room bulletin board, which should be a constant reminder how hard the team will have to work this season.

Comment 30 Aug 2019

Thanks for the information on the younger players in the CBJ pipeline! I appreciate the updates and look forward to the next couple of installments. 

Comment 25 Aug 2019

Three years sounds like a great deal for everyone plus it will be after both the next TV deal and the next collective bargaining agreement. From a fan's perspective, the only downside to three years for Zach is that both Jones and Werenski will be negotiating for a new contract at the same time. I know that no deal will be perfect for all concerned, but after the off season we just had I'm a bit gun shy. At least by 2022 it will be post-expansion and by then an expensive contract or two will be off the books. 

Comment 22 Aug 2019

Press is now reporting $5M+ for three years for ZW. That would make sense for both sides. Zach has earned a nice raise and it gives him another window to see if Jarmo can surround our young stars with more talent to make an even longer run in the playoffs before he commits long term. He may also earn an even bigger payday. 

From the team's perspective, it is affordable, provides a little space when Josh & PLD come due next summer and the next time around for Zach, Dubinsky's cap hit will be off the books.

Comment 22 Aug 2019

Matt is right; it's way too easy to project the rest of the Metro as better than they actually are. I agree the Metro will be a wide open dog fight this year.

That said, I'm a little disappointed that GM Jarmo hasn't yet managed to get another top six forward (like Gusev) into the fold via trade. The optimist in me is hoping that there will be another good opportunity when RFAs sign with their teams that are already hard up against the cap. For example, Nylander might be available for a fair price when Marner signs in Toronto or Roslovic might be available when Laine and Conner sign with the Jets. 

I also think there are a number of teams that desperately need defense and should be willing to send a young scoring threat to Columbus for one of our defensemen NOT named Werenski or Jones. 

Comment 09 Aug 2019

Perhaps his agent priced him out of the market, especially as it relates to term. One of the unfortunate byproducts of RFAs wanting to score their big money with their first post - ELC contract is that GMs are getting evermore reluctant to pass out long term contracts for players that are getting close to 30 and are merely good but not proven superstars.