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 […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 14:  Scott Hartnell #43 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and R.J. Umberger #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers fight for position in the third period on November 14, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Aftermath: (2/17/15) @ Philadelphia Flyers

Who says the Jackets need to tank? Don’t tell the team that. Jackets were able to put the finishing touches on the season series by winning this evening’s game 5-2. Let us take a look back at the evening that was in the highlights below.

Blueshirts host Blue Jackets this Sunday

The Columbus Blue Jackets have split the first two games of their five game road trip. After losing to the first place New York Islanders 6-3, they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers three days later 5-2. James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen each scored in the first period but the Flyers answered both as the game went […]


Making Something out of Playing For Nothing

With Buffalo, Toronto, and Edmonton all fully on board with the tank, putting Brian Gibbons on waivers kinda feels like this might be the first step for Columbus to join them in the race to the bottom. I say this because Brian Gibbons is a better player than several depth forwards that the Blue Jackets are […]


The CBJ Tomorrow: Depth Forwards

21-4-3. That’s the kind of record the Blue Jackets need to close the season with 96 points as of this writing. That’s your playoff threshold, with Columbus needing a kind of run that seems almost impossible. While injuries have

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 22:  Scott Hartnell #43 of the Columbus Blue Jackets looks on before a face off in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 22, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Aftermath: (2/13/15) vs Philadelphia Flyers

Love was in the air Friday evening as the Columbus Blue Jackets played the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win in overtime in Scott Hartnell’s 1000th game. The former player picked up an assist Friday evening in a “must win” game for both the Jackets and Flyers.

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30: (l-r) Columbus Blue Jacket executives Jarmo Kekäläinen and John Davidson attend the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Arbitration, Fancy Stats Won’t Matter

As you may know, I attended the Ottawa Hockey Analytics Conference over the weekend. One of the topics at the conference was the future of hockey analytics. What came up in these discussions was that fancy stats are now going to be allowed in NHL arbitration hearings with RFA’s.  This is going to start as […]


Total BS Podcast Episode 11: Extremely Professional

Wednesday night, Sam and Matt welcomed Garik of Lighthouse Hockey and Hockey Graphs to the podcast via Skype! Hear them talk about Sam’s absence, rumors, key demographics, a voice for news, Tankapalooza, the future Sabres, Sean Connery, poor Ted Nolan, Latvia, it’s all Sam’s fault, Tonya Harding’s henchmen, bizarre flukes, lateral movement, recency bias, Cam […]