UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 05: Ryan Murray #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Looking Towards the Future – Defencemen

That was one hectic day to say the least. Personally I know I went a little crazy on twitter, I did not like Wiz the trade (To read about the trade check out Nick’s and Jeremy’s posts). I have had a chance to cool down and decided to take a look at where the defence […]

Columbus Blue Jackets  v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Two

Life After Wisniewski

My heart sank when I heard the news. It was approximately 30 minutes after the deadline had passed that the announcement came down. At this point I had already started analyzing the plan for next season. A plan which included the team’s best defenseman. Overall, my first thoughts could be described as satisfactory. The team was […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14:  William Karlsson #38 of the Anaheim Ducks takes his game winning shot against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 14, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in an overtime shootout.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Looking at new CBJ players Karlsson and Bourque

The Jackets acquired center William Karlsson, winger Rene Bourque and a 2015 second round draft pick today from the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman James Wisniewski and a 2015 third rounder. We obviously know the great player that the Jackets shipped out, and Matt wrote quite a bit about Wisniewski last week. I won’t get into […]

ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 27: David Moss #18 of the Phoenix Coyotes and Justin Falk #44 of the Minnesota Wild fight during the first period of the game on March 27, 2013 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

CBJ acquire Falk, 5th from MIN for Leopold

In a trade that pretty much everyone saw coming, the Jackets dealt veteran d-man Jordan Leopold to Minnesota in exchange for a 2015 5th rounder and 26 year old defender Justin Falk. The part that no one really saw coming: the trade may have been facilitated by a lovely note that Jordan Leopold’s 11 year […]


Total BS Podcast Episode 14: Deadline Live!

Welcome to the very first live Total BS Podcast! We’ll be broadcasting today from around 1:30 to 4:45 pm. Watch and listen in live below on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Nv2EdZ6kA We’ll be joined in-studio by Alison (

Blue Jackets tickets hit March peak during clash with Avalanche

The Columbus Blue Jackets will likely want to forget 2014. They have the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference and are seventh in the Metropolitan division. They have failed to put the puck in the net many times, and have the 24th ranked goals against average. However, Nick Foligno has had a promising season. The winger […]


The Aftermath: (3/1/15) @ Pittsburgh Penguins

Five months ago I had circled this date on my calendar, purchased tickets and smiled at the thought of two playoff-bound division rivals going toe-to-toe as they entered the final stretch of the regular season. Well, things don’t always work out as planned and you could consider this one of my biggest fortune-telling blunders. Regardless, […]

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 27: Playing in his 100th NHL game, Cam Atkinson #13 of the Columbus Blue Jackets scores the game winning goal during the shootout against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 27, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Aftermath: (2/28/15) vs New Jersey Devils

In David Clarkson’s much ballyhooed debut for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team fell to the New Jersey Devils with the score of 2-0. In a game that was low scoring and fairly low event, the Devils were able to lull the Jackets to sleep and eek out a victory. Highlights: The Good, The Bad […]

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 21: David Clarkson #71 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during a game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on January 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

David Clarkson is a Blue Jacket

The worst contract in the NHL is now a member of our Columbus Blue Jackets. David Clarkson will trade in the Toronto blue and white for the Union Blue. Nathan Horton will now be paid by the Toronto Maple Leafs for the remainder of his contract. Spin this deal however you like. The team has […]


Even more thoughts on Lawson Crouse

Lawson Crouse is what everyone says he is. Or at least, that’s the impression I garnered after watching him play on Friday, February 20 vs the Mississauga Steelheads. The first thing I noticed about Crouse is just how much of a presence he is visually when he is on the ice. The bulky 6’3″, 212 […]


Total BS Podcast Episode 13: Reliable Sources

Tuesday night, Sam and Matt welcomed Todd Cordell of Hockey Buzz to the podcast via Skype! Hear them talk about airplane food, Habs, last year’s trade deadline, dead air, frustration, James Wisniewski, more James Wisniewski, but seriously we talk a lot about Wisniewski, Eric Tulsky, befuddlement, Crosby, Rant Hour with Matt, no correlations, David Savard […]


Evaluating a Possible Wisniewski Trade

News broke late Monday night at Aaron Portzline dropped a sizable revelation on the unsuspecting hockey world. The subject: James Wisniewski. Sunday night, Wisniewski was a surprise scratch in the Blue Jackets’ game against New York. Todd Richards briefly explained the situation as performance-based. The CBJ coach told Portzline, “We want him [Wisniewski] to be […]


Total BS Podcast Episode 12: A Lot of Fake Excitement

Wednesday night, Sam and Matt welcomed Lyle Kossis of Pensburgh to the podcast via Skype! Hear them talk about the cold, nincompoops, John Scott, the balding mullet, trade talk, observers bias, another plane in tankland, Paul and Lawson Crouse at dinner, all those old fogey types, Damien Cox, Michigan, floaters, a kernel of hope, the […]

ST CATHARINES, ON - JANUARY 22:  Samuel Montembeault #33 of Team Cherry makes a save on Lawson Crouse #67 of Team Orr during the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Meridian Centre on January 22, 2015 in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Finding Comparisons for Lawson Crouse

It’s time again to talk about the ever-controversial Lawson Crouse. Corey Pronman recently put out his take on Crouse in a very well done article over at ESPN. He discussed how players who are complete players in junior, guys who excel defensively, tend to carry that over almost immediately into the NHL. He brought up […]