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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.30.2012 / 3:30 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


Hello again, Blue Jackets fans! We're back with another Trivia Tuesday installment, and as usual, we're going to try and stump you with Blue Jackets trivia. 

For this week's question, we're going to test your knowledge of CBJ birthdays.

Let's keep it short and sweet this week, shall we? Same rules apply: fill out the form, hit the "submit" button at the bottom and you're off and running. Randomly-selected winners get an awesome Blue Jackets prize, and the distinct honor of knowing they got the question correct.

Here's the question:

This player was a first-round pick of the Blue Jackets within the last five years, has worn a few different jersey numbers in his hockey career, and will be celebrating his 22nd birthday in a few weeks. Who is he?

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.29.2012 / 10:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

GO Buckeyes!

Image credit: Ohio State University athletics

Blue Jackets television analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for college hockey information, and as a former head coach at Miami University, he's got a keen eye for the happenings around the game.

Davidge checks in here with his latest college hockey update for the CBJ Today, bringing us up to speed on the first week of action for Ohio's collegiate squads.

Game 1: No. 5 Miami at No. 6 Michigan
Two high-powered teams split first CCHA series

On Friday night, the sixth-ranked Wolverines scored two third-period goals and salvaged a 4-2 victory over Miami. But Michigan didn’t have the same late-game magic on Saturday — the RedHawks tallied three third-period goals of their own in less than three minutes' time to win 4-3 and walk away with a weekend split.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.28.2012 / 12:30 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

The Springfield Falcons conclude their first "three in three" weekend of the season this afternoon at the MassMutual Center. They're looking to get back in the win column against the unpredictable Portland Pirates, who have been quite the mixed back so far this season. Portland is the highest-scoring club in the AHL (averaging almost five goals per game), but also holds the league's worst team goals-against average.

After Paul Dainton's terrific performance last night in a shootout loss to Bridgeport, will coach Brad Larsen go with the hot hand or turn back to regular starter Curtis McElhinney?

You can find that information and much more in our Falcons game day blog.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.27.2012 / 3:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

The Springfield Falcons are off to a 4-1-0 start, and are leading the AHL's Northeast Division after five games. They've given up a league-low seven (7) goals in those five games, thanks to terrific goaltending from Curtis McElhinney and solid team defense in front of him.

Following a 3-0 win over the Providence Bruins last night at the Dunkin Donuts Center, the Falcons continue their first "three in three" weekend of the season tonight at home. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are in town for a Saturday night showdown at the MassMutual Center, and are coming off their first loss of the season last night.

You can follow all the action throughout the day and during the game on the BlueJackets.com game day blog.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.26.2012 / 4:30 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today
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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.25.2012 / 3:01 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

When you're leading the division and adversity strikes, suddenly, every game's importance hits another level.

The Oshawa Generals got to the summit of the Ontario Hockey League's East Division using a balanced attack, some stellar play by their captain, and quality goaltending from a netminder who needed a strong season. Loaded for bear with several top young players, the Generals looked to be in solid position to remain in contention all season.

They got their first bump in the road over the weekend.

In a game against the Ottawa 67's, Oshawa forward Scott Laughton (a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers) delivered a dangerous hit to the head of Ottawa forward Daniel Walsh, who had his back to the play and never saw it coming.

Laughton was handed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct -- meaning he will likely face disciplinary action from the OHL, which has really started to crack down on hits to the head in recent years. Not only is Laughton a significant contributor for the Generals, he's one of those guys that can get the bench ignited with his play.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.24.2012 / 6:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It took me about three-tenths of a second (maybe less) to recognize how much John Davidson's arrival means to the Blue Jackets organization.

Imagine the minutes leading up to the big moment: me, miraculously dressed in a shirt-and-tie combo, fleeting through the halls of Nationwide Arena trying to get down to the loading back before 1:15 p.m., awaiting the arrival of the Davidson family. I nearly fell once, dropped my water bottle down a flight of stairs and incorrectly assumed that stomping my foot would make the elevator arrive sooner.

Such is the glorious life of the digital media department: on a day filled with such excitement and anticipation, I was playing the awkward role of part-reporter and part-paparazzi armed with an iPhone and new slacks I didn't want to dirty.

That lasted all of five seconds. I knelt on the ground of the loading dock, earning a dusty swatch on my left pant leg mere moments before the white GMC Yukon courtesy car rolled on to the premises.

But man...it was all worth it.

The thoughts running through my head were pretty comical: do I have food on my face? Do I look like a fool snapping a Twitpic of JD and his family when they've been in Columbus for all of an hour? High likelihood placed on the former, but the latter was quickly squashed.

Davidson arrived with his best support team: wife, Diana, and daughters Lindsay and Ashley. They walked in-step, together, all bearing smiles indicative of the great pride shared among them for John's big day. His daughters are grown and one is an aspiring veterinarian in Canada, but there was no chance of missing such an important time in their dad's life.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.24.2012 / 9:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

The Blue Jackets have long said they would explore all avenues to fortify their hockey operations department, and when the opportunity to pursue one of the game's most respected executives arose, they jumped all over it.

Mike Priest and the Blue Jackets ownership group kept close tabs on John Davidson over the last year or so. With St. Louis going through an ownership change and the futures of many still up in the air, Priest wanted to be prepared in case he had the chance to make a move.

A clause in Davidson's contract with the Blues allowed him to speak with other teams and look at other ventures last spring, and in late May, he came to Columbus to meet with the Blue Jackets -- and that's where the connection began.

The final piece of the puzzle with Davidson and the Blue Jackets falls into place this afternoon.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.23.2012 / 1:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


Did you miss Trivia Tuesday?

No fear -- we're back. After a couple weeks off, the CBJ Today blog is thrilled to once again feature our weekly trivia contest. We like testing your knowledge, sure, but the best part is having the opportunity to win some awesome Blue Jackets prizes.

If you've been keeping tabs on our Springfield Falcons coverage, you may have seen a feature story last week on Bruce Landon. Bruce has been a part of hockey in western Massachusetts for over 40 years, and he has something in common with a couple members of the Blue Jackets hockey operations department.


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POSTED ON Monday, 10.22.2012 / 11:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Ryan Murray never thought the Everett Silvertips were far off from putting wins together, and it turns out he was right on the money.

They stumbled out of the gate and couldn't really get any part of their game going on a consistent basis. One night, their goaltending was poor. The next night, the Silvertips were unable to generate anything in the offensive zone and goal-scoring become worrisome.

Apparently, all it took was the season's longest road trip to get Everett back on track.

In closing out their six-game, two-week trek through the plains of western Canada, the Silvertips won three straight to leap frog the Seattle Thunderbirds and climb out of the cellar in the WHL's U.S. Division.

After an impressive 3-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos last Wednesday, the Silvertips moved on to Prince Albert to begin the weekend on Friday. The Art Hauser Centre is never an easy place to play, and with the Raiders off to a good start, the Silvertips needed one of their most complete games to maintain their winning ways.


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