POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.28.2012 / 11:30 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Whenever called upon, Boone Jenner has been there to ignite his team.

The Oshawa Generals have been on a bit of a roller coaster so far this season, starting red-hot out of the gate with a 7-3-0 record and holding down first place in the Ontario Hockey League's East Division. While they weren't projected to be a power house by any of the junior hockey pundits, the Generals got the job done by blending a high-powered offense with quality goaltending.

Not only have they defied the odds and occupied top spot for much of the season (especially in a division with with Belleville and Kingston, two favored teams), the Generals have shown an ability to bounce back from rough stretches and get back on track.

And, not surprisingly, Jenner has been at the crux of their early-season success. The 19-year-old is their captain and best player, but also a fourth-year General who has gradually evolved into a dominant two-way center.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 10:30 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ryan Murray was prepping himself for the worst from the very beginning.

After sustaining a serious shoulder injury on November 16 against the Victoria Royals, the 19-year-old captain of the Everett Silvertips and Blue Jackets prospect knew surgery was a high likelihood. The decision was made within the last couple of days, and Murray will undergo surgery to repair the shoulder in the next 2-3 weeks.

The anticipated recovery time is six months, meaning Murray will not play in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships for Team Canada and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

"It's been really disappointing," Murray told BlueJackets.com. "It's not the kind of news you want to hear, and it's going to be a long recovery time. But this surgery pretty much has to be done."


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.26.2012 / 12:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today



Brad Larsen was pleased with several aspects of his team's game over the weekend, but there are still some glaring issues he wants to address.

The Falcons have been one of the most penalized teams in the American Hockey League this season, but it hasn't really backed them in a corner because of timely penalty-killing and rock-solid netminding from Curtis McElhinney. Good teams can make up for that collectively when things go wrong, and Larsen is eager to see Springfield get in the habit.

Portland tallied four power play goals against the Falcons on Friday night, and Larsen was forced to pull McElhinney for the first time all season. It's a trend that Springfield just hasn't been able to buck, and opponents are starting to take advantage of their opportunities on the man advantage.

And although they couldn't come out of Sunday's game with at least a point (thanks to Ryan Bourque's last-minute winner), Larsen was pleased with the "team" game the Falcons played and thinks they're moving in the right direction.


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.26.2012 / 10:00 AM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today


Photo courtesy: Ohio State athletics

NOTE: Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for information on college hockey, and he breaks down the action from Ohio's CCHA teams in this blog.

Ohio State was the only CCHA representative from the Buckeye State in action over the Thanksgiving weekend, and Mark Osiecki's club earned a weekend split with the Lake Superior State Lakers in upstate Michigan.

Friday: Team offense solidifies win for Ohio State

The Buckeyes were looking to manufacture some consistent offensive play for 60 minutes -- and they did so, getting points from 10 different Buckeyes, along with 31 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, leading to a 4-1 victory at Lake Superior State. Ohio State led 1-0 after the first on a Matt Johnson goal, and sophomore classmate Ryan Dzingel scored in the second for a 2-0 Buckeye advantage after 40 minutes. Sophomore Max McCormick extended the lead to 3-0 in the third before the Lakers broke up the shutout with a power play goal at 16:22. Junior Chris Crane sealed the win for the Buckeyes with an empty-net goal. Sophomore Tanner Fritz was the lone Buckeye with multiple points, posting two assists for the second-consecutive game.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.25.2012 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Sometimes, a little familiarity can be the remedy.

The Falcons are hoping that's the case this afternoon at MassMutual Center, when they take on rival Connecticut in a game they would absolutely love to win. It's been tough sledding this weekend for Springfield, which followed up a road sweep at Norfolk with an overtime loss in Portland on Friday and a lackluster shootout loss to Manchester last night.

And last night's game was probably the hardest to stomach. Ryan Johansen scored first for the Falcons and they were hot out of the gates, but the Monarchs capitalized on (more) penalty trouble by Springfield and took a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

But the Falcons chipped away. Jake Hansen's first professional goal brought them within one -- and really changed the flow of the game -- before Cam Atkinson scored a power play goal to tie it up with just under seven minutes to play, and it looked as if Springfield was back in business.

The Falcons have a great chance to right the ship this afternoon against the Whale, who they've enjoyed success against this year.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.24.2012 / 6:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Quite the eventful tilt at the Cumberland County Civic Center last night -- but the Falcons have a chance to pick up their boots and get right back to work tonight on home ice.

It's been a concerning past 24 hours in downtown Springfield, as well, after a natural gas line exploded just a few blocks from MassMutual Center while the club was in Portland. The Falcons did announce this afternoon that tonight's game will go on as scheduled, but nonetheless, it was a very scary night for the city of Springfield on Friday.

Before we get going with tonight's game (which you can listen to on WHYN.com or the iHeartRadio app, as well as AHLLive.com), I've got a few burning questions we'll hopefully get answered as the game goes on:

1. Will Brad Larsen stick with Curtis McElhinney tonight? Without McElhinney and his exquisite goaltending, the Falcons would not be in first place right now. But he's human, and had a very human-like game last night in Portland, giving up six goals and being pulled for the first time all year. Paul Dainton came in and kept a clean sheet until Oliver Ekman-Larsson's overtime winner. It wouldn't be surprising if McElhinney gets a chance to bounce back, but I expect to see Dainton come in and try to build off his effort last night.


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POSTED ON Friday, 11.23.2012 / 3:30 PM
By Staci Pawlak - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While most people are recovering from their Thanksgiving feast or out shopping for the holiday season, hundreds of high school hockey players will invade the Columbus area for the 14th annual Chiller Thanksgiving Classic this weekend.

Since its beginning, the tournament has grown into one of the largest high school hockey competitions in the country with 48 high school varsity and junior varsity (JV) teams participating in the event.

Hosted by The OhioHealth Chiller rinks in Columbus, the tournament spans three days across three different Chiller locations around around central Ohio.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.21.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Brad Larsen's hiring in Springfield didn't make headlines around the hockey world, but really, who cares?

The former hard-nosed NHL forward accepted the job as head coach of the Springfield Falcons after two years as an assistant coach under Rob Riley. He was 34 years old when he took the job (has since turned 35) and less than two years removed from a professional playing career with two NHL franchises.

Was it (in general) a low-key move? Sure, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Coaching searches are often fluid situations and you never really know whose resume is going to cross your desk until it actually does, so when Larsen put his name into the mix, where it would lead was unclear.

May 21 was six months ago today, and so much has transpired in between.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 8:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It appears as if Ryan Murray will have to wait a few more days to determine the next step in recovering from a shoulder injury.

The injury, suffered Friday night against the Victoria Royals, forced Murray to leave the game, rest the shoulder over the weekend and wait before undergoing further evaluation.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson confirmed to BlueJackets.com tonight that Murray will travel to Columbus in the next few days, where team doctors will review the results of his recently-completed MRI.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

It's great to be back for Trivia Tuesday!

We hope you didn't miss us too much, and you spent the week off (from trivia) freshening up for this week's edition. We're in a trading mood today, so what do you say we go for a question carrying that theme?

Can you think all the way back to the Blue Jackets' first summer as they were preparing for their first National Hockey League draft in Calgary, Alberta? That's where we found this question...

Same rules apply. Fill out the form below with the correct answer and hit "submit" -- simple as that! You're then entered to win an awesome Blue Jackets prize. Good luck!

QUESTION: Who did the Blue Jackets acquire in the first official trade in franchise history?


Click here for the entry form & YOUR chance to win! >>

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