2020-21 Blue Jackets Preview & Bold Predictions

2020-21 Blue Jackets Preview & Bold Predictions

January 14th, 2021 Are you ready for this? At long last, the 2020-21 regular season gets underway Thursday night for the Columbus Blue Jackets in Nashville. They'll play 56 games in the next 116 days against their Central Division foes. How will this season play out? What are the biggest questions facing the...
Blue Jackets’ Dubois Deal Is Very Team-Friendly

Blue Jackets’ Dubois Deal Is Very Team-Friendly

January 14th, 2021 Pierre-Luc Dubois will start the NHL’s 2020-21 season as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Despite his desire to move on to another team, it appears that his new two-year contract did not come with a bus ticket. Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen negotiated a very...
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January 11th, 2021
Previews and Predictions

The 2020-21 NHL season begins on Jan. 13. With the new season comes a league-wide realignment based on geographic location. The Columbus Blue Jackets will have many new divisional opponents, as the Carolina Hurricanes are the only other Metropolitan team now in the Central Division. Here's a look at the other teams in the Central Division in comparison to the Blue Jackets' offense in 2019-20 to determine how Columbus stacks up to compete in their new division. Central Division Offense In 2019-20, the teams that make up the Central Division averaged 2.89 GF/G (goals for per game). However, those teams range from the Stanley Cup-winning Tampa Bay Lightning, who averaged a league-best 3.47 GF/G to the Detroit Red Wings, who were the worst in the league with 2.00 GF/G. The GF/G and GF (goals for) for each team in the Central in 2019-20 are shown below. TeamGF/GGFTampa Bay Lightning3.47243Florida Panthers3.30228Carolina Hurricanes3.19217Nashville Predators3.07212Chicago...
January 10th, 2021
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the New Jersey Devils are looking for goaltending options after the retirement announcement from Corey Crawford. Have they found anything? What does Matt Dumba think about the idea of playing somewhere other than Minnesota? There is news on the Vancouver Canucks and Elias Pettersson talks and Alexander Kerfoot is questionable for the Toronto Maple Leafs on opening night. Finally, what is the cost if the New York Rangers are interested in Pierre-Luc Dubois? Devils Goaltending Options As per Corey Masisak of The Athletic, the New Jersey Devils are looking at adding another veteran goalie after Corey Crawford announced his retirement. Coach Lindey Ruff stated the organization has discussions about improving every position, regardless of whether or not they lose someone. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, Nov. 9, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Ruff said: “It is something we’ve had discussions about. I know we’re aware...
January 10th, 2021
Blue Jackets History

Some of the greatest players in National Hockey League history have had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Jan. 10. In addition, fans in Montreal, Boston and Buffalo were treated to multiple big moments throughout the decades. It is time to fire up our hockey time machine to take a look at all the best this date has had to offer us. A Great Date for the Great 8 Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin can say that Jan. 10 is one of his favorite dates of his great career. Back in 2008, he signed a 13-year contract worth an unbelievable total of $124 million. This type of contact could not be signed under the rules of the current Collection Bargaining Agreement. The 2020-21 season is the final one of this contract and the Capitals got an excellent return on their investment. During the deal’s duration, he has 543 goals and 968 points in 907 games and was a huge part of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship in 2018. Ovi's contract has been worth every penny....
January 9th, 2021
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumors, it looks like the New Jersey Devils are going to be scrambling now that Corey Crawford has announced his retirement. The New York Islanders have signed Mathew Barzal, but what took so long to get the deal done? Could the Calgary Flames be in on Pierre-Luc Dubois and could the Chicago Blackhawks be a team that gives away a good young piece for the disgruntled center? Devils Left Stuck After Crawford's Retirement We wish Corey Crawford well in whatever is causing him to officially retire from the NHL today. That said, if the New Jersey Devils aren't forced to scramble in a major way after today's announcement, it will be shocking. Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the 2015 Stanley Cup. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) While the new amended rules to the MOU -- a backloaded deal and one that doesn't contain any signing bonuses in year two -- means there is no cap hit penalty to the Devils and they won't be left holding the bag on...

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Two days after Wednesday's NHL Awards Ceremony and Las Vegas Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will commence. The now 31 NHL teams will gather inside the United Center in Chicago in efforts to rebuild, or build upon, their rosters by selecting teenagers they feel will help their team in the... June 23rd, 2017