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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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POSTED ON Friday, 07.20.2012 / 2:30 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today



NOTE: This is the third installment of a series analyzing Blue Jackets goaltenders with pro goalie scout and NHL.com writer Justin Goldman (@TheGoalieGuild). Stay tuned to BlueJackets.com and the CBJ Today blog for further updates in the series.

Sergei Bobrovsky generated a lot of buzz when he came to North America after signing an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. He was then a baby-faced, young Russian goaltender who some thought could be "the answer" in goal for a club that seemed to be in a perpetual state of seeking goalies.

Four solid seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (Russia) caught the eye of Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, and the three-year pact meant a kick-started NHL career in the City of Brotherly Love. Bobrovsky was just 21 years old and had never played a game on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, but an impressive training camp and injury to Michael Leighton meant "Bob" was headed straight into the deep end with no water wings.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 12:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

NOTE: This is the second installment of a series analyzing Blue Jackets goaltenders with pro goalie scout and NHL.com writer Justin Goldman (@TheGoalieGuild). Stay tuned to BlueJackets.com and the CBJ Today blog for further updates in the series.

There were some notable names taking part in this year's Blue Jackets development camp, led by 2012 first-round pick Ryan Murray as well as familiar faces like Ryan Johansen and Cam Atkinson. But it was a lesser-known entity that opened some eyes and got the attention of those in attendance at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.

Meet Anton Forsberg. Before you ask, no, he's not related to Peter. He's a 19-year-old goaltender that has been in the Blue Jackets' system since 2011, when he was selected in the seventh round (188th overall) near the end of a long draft day at Xcel Energy Center. Not much was known about him at the time, and to this day, he's a bit of an unknown because he has spent his entire career in Sweden.

This year was his first development camp, and Forsberg's cool-customer style was one of the most popular topics of discussion among players, fans, and the coaching staff. Forsberg is your prototypical European goaltender: tall, lanky, and extremely athletic; he's also got the blend of size and athleticism that has made Swedish goaltenders a hot commodity in the National Hockey League.

And based on the way Forsberg has responded to playing at the higher levels of Swedish pro hockey in the last year, it's safe to say he's on the right trajectory to eventually play in the NHL.


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