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POSTED ON Friday, 07.27.2012 / 11:05 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Jack Johnson was one of the first acquisitions made last season by the Blue Jackets designed to change the dynamic both on the ice and in the dressing room, but he certainly was not the last.

It has been quite the busy summer for GM Scott Howson and his staff, swinging significant trades since the deadline in February and adding a stable of competitive, two-way forwards while also bolstering the defense, which was already considered the strong arm of the club.

The latest of those moves involved seven total pieces and five players, sending Rick Nash to the New York Rangers in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round pick. Johnson said he and his teammates knew what was coming, but their sole focus is the exciting brand of hockey they know they're capable of playing.

"Everyone in the organization wishes the best for Rick, but we're excited about the direction we're going," Johnson told BlueJackets.com. "We all have to move on, and the guys who we've brought in over the summer are great players and great guys.

"It's going to help the depth of our team a lot, and I think one of the goals of the summer was to do that. We've got some big, strong forwards that really make us tougher to play against."


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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 11:30 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Editor's note: This is the latest installment of a weekly column from BlueJackets.com writer Rob Mixer, which will be featured exclusively on the CBJ Today blog. Be sure to follow Rob on Twitter at @RobMixer.

After a long and seemingly endless period of speculation, a Rick Nash trade was consummated earlier this week. But you already knew that.

For my money, the most important item to emerge from this story has been the clear-cut formation of an identity for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The words have echoed from the mouths of GM Scott Howson, head coach Todd Richards, and the players (both incumbent and newcomers): competitive, hard-working, fast, smart. This is the mold of a Blue Jacket, and the building of that type of team began in earnest at the trading deadline in February when a roster reshaping was in the works.

It's safe to say we're in the middle of that reshaping -- and the changes are drastic -- but they are in the best interest of the Blue Jackets. They desperately needed forwards and an increased presence at center ice, and one of the immediate options to remedy the void was in a Nash deal.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 6:04 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Brandon Dubinsky arrived in Columbus today for the first time as a member of the Blue Jackets, and spent a few minutes talking with the local media. Topics discussed include: bringing energy to the game every night, being a leader on a young team, how he gets such a fantastic comb-over, and familiar faces on his new team.

Here's the full transcript of Dubinsky's media session:

On what the last few days have been like:
"At first it's tough to get moved from a team you're so familiar with, a team you've played for for so long. Now that a couple days have sunk in, I'm excited for the opportunity. We have a good young team here, and I'm excited for myself and the Columbus Blue Jackets with the moves they've made over the last year to try to turn this ship in the right direction, and get to the postseason and beyond."

On hearing his name in trade rumors:
"I think for most of my time in New York, every time there was a trade rumor I was involved. I guess that's good and bad; it's good to be wanted but it's tough to read about every day. Now that it's said and done, it is a bit of a relief that I'm not going to have to deal with those...at least for the next month or so (laughing). Like I said before, I'm excited to be here and to be a Blue Jacket. I've had an opportunity to talk with some of the guys here, and they all love it here in Columbus. The best part about it right now is the youth we have, and the enthusiasm that we have -- not to mention the skill level that I think this team has. It's underrated, and I think we're going to have a good season."


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 3:33 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


Alright, are you ready?

This is the second edition of CBJ Trivia Tuesdays -- and we've upgraded our entry system for you. Starting today, you will submit your answers via the Formstack located below. Make sure you fill out ALL required fields before submitting in order to guarantee your eligibility to win!

So...the full question: Of all the teams the Blue Jackets are scheduled to play from October-December 2012, which are they UNDEFEATED against the last three seasons?

You have until the end of the day today to submit your answer! Good luck!

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.24.2012 / 11:32 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

The age of digital and social media makes it nearly impossible to stay away from rumors, and Brandon Dubinsky knew that smoke could eventually turn into fire.

His name had been tossed about in the New York media as a trade candidate several times in the last few seasons, but it never bothered Dubinsky because his first preference has always been to show up, play hard, and do his job. It has earned him a reputation as a strong, two-way forward that knows one flight path: north-to-south.

But he's willing to make a concession as he moves east-to-west in joining the Blue Jackets. Monday's trade between Columbus and the New York Rangers was the culmination of six months of trade discussions, countless rumors and a never-ending downpour of speculation. The 26-year-old took it all in stride, and he's already locked in on helping the Blue Jackets become a regular guest in the win column.


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.23.2012 / 7:41 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Has everyone caught their breath yet?

What a day it has been so far in Blue Jackets land, with one of the biggest moves of the NHL summer going down on Nationwide Blvd. this afternoon. In a multi-player, multi-pick trade, the Blue Jackets acquired Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a 2013 first-round draft pick from the New York Rangers.

Columbus traded Rick Nash, minor-league defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round pick to the Rangers to complete the deal. The third-rounder would be returned to the Blue Jackets if the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final next year.

Let's take a brief look at the newcomers:


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.23.2012 / 6:48 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

The discussions date all the way back to the NHL trading deadline in February, and once the New York Rangers were defeated in the Eastern Conference Final by the New Jersey Devils, the trade talks were ignited once again.

For a process that can come to a head with seemingly one blink of an eye, negotiations to deal Rick Nash to the Rangers could best be described as complex, lengthy, and fluid, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said this afternoon.

The names talked about on either side may have changed, or the pieces to the puzzle shuffled once in a while, but in the end, it was the Rangers who were consistently the front-runner to acquire Nash.

"We've gone through a number of discussions with the Rangers," Howson said today. "It had its ebbs and flows. The trade deadline was one, the draft was another, and then it really picked up again the last week or so.

"I had a good conversation with (Rangers GM) Glen Sather on Friday, we sat on it on the weekend add we talked again this morning."


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.23.2012 / 6:43 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Monday, 07.23.2012 / 5:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- July 23, 2012 ended up being a rather significant day for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In a trade which involved seven total pieces and five bodies, they swung a deal with the New York Rangers to acquire forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, highly-touted defense prospect Tim Erixon, and a 2013 first-round pick.

The Blue Jackets get exactly what they were looking for: more NHL forwards to boost their offense and balance the attack for head coach Todd Richards.

From the Columbus end, GM Scott Howson sent Rick Nash, minor-league defenseman Steve Delisle and a conditional third-round draft pick (2013) to the Big Apple to complete the trade. It’s by far the biggest deal of the summer around the NHL, and until consummated this afternoon, was one of the most heavily-rumored and discussed transactions in recent memory.


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.23.2012 / 12:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Scott Howson confirmed during Blue Jackets development camp that one of the two newest additions to the club's amateur scouting efforts would not be much of a surprise. The other new hire was announced this morning as the team continues to round out its scouting staff.

Andy Schneider and Rob Riley were officially named to the Blue Jackets' amateur scouting staff this morning, bringing more than 60 years of hockey experience to the table. Most recently, Riley served as the head coach of the Springfield Falcons (AHL), Columbus' top minor-league affiliate where he was succeeded by assistant Brad Larsen.

Technically, this the second tour of scouting duty for Riley with the Blue Jackets. He was also an amateur scout with the team in the four years prior to being named coach of the Falcons. One interesting tidbit about Riley: after his father, Jack, retired as head coach of the hockey team at West Point in 1986, Rob took over and won 257 games in an 18-year career. Jack and Rob are the all-time winningest father-son combination in the history of collegiate hockey (848 victories).

Schneider, 40, served as assistant coach with the Swift Current Broncos the Western Hockey League last season and has spent the last 18 years playing professional hockey around the world. He's well-thought of in amateur hockey circles and his hire comes as a bit of a surprise, as his skill development work with the Broncos received positive attention. It's a safe bet that one of Schneider's assignments will be to scout junior hockey in Western Canada for the Blue Jackets.

Read the full press release issued by the club this morning right here.

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