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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 7:01 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

First came the trade. Then, signing the contract. But it wasn't officially "welcome to Columbus, Nick Foligno" until he set foot in the city for the first time as a Blue Jacket.

That moment is this week, as he and wife Janelle are getting a great opportunity to explore their new home together and find a place to settle in. So far, the house-hunting has taken up some time, but there has been a lot of driving and learning as the Folignos look to get their bearings in the capital city.

They arrived on Monday, rented a car and set out on their Columbus expedition. On Tuesday, Nick visited both CD 102.5 FM and QFM 96's morning radio shows and spent some time getting to know the local personalities. Tonight was his first chance to meet the fans and interact with the Blue Jacket faithful, signing autographs and even playing street hockey with some youngsters at the team's annual open house event.

It's been non-stop, but also worthwhile.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 11:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Editor's note: This is the first 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.

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog – and I suspect you have (wink) – you will have seen my examination of the Blue Jackets defense corps last week. The prevailing thought is the current group of defensemen is the best in the history of the franchise, and you’ll be in tough to find someone around the club who disagrees.

Heading into next season, the defense is one of the bright spots for the Blue Jackets -- a true building block of the team as it progresses through a roster reshaping. But it’s only part of the challenge that lies ahead, as GM Scott Howson and his staff pursue any and all avenues to improve a roster that finished 30th in the NHL a year ago.

Now, fast forward to mid-July. Here we are, roughly two months from the opening of training camp, and the Blue Jackets’ biggest need remains goal-scoring and bodies up front. The offense needs a boost; Howson knows it, the fans know it, and it’s going to take some creativity to get something done.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 3:20 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


We've teased it, talked about it, and teased it some more. But here it goes...

You have arrived at the first installment of the CBJ Today's "Trivia Tuesday." Before we get started with all the fun, allow me to briefly introduce the concept and how we're going to go about this exciting new feature.

At the root of it, we love talking hockey. These are the so-called dog days of summer, but quite honestly, they don't have to be as long as we keep this up and interact on a regular basis. Thankfully, I've buried myself into a few too many stat sheets, highlight videos and record books over the years and have compiled a hearty list of factoids/tidbits/informational nuggets that we can use to give away some cool CBJ stuff.

What are we giving away? Good question. We don't have a set "list" of things to award the weekly winners, but don't worry -- each week's prize will have an idea behind it and we're pretty confident you will enjoy it.

Now, here's how Trivia Tuesday is going to work:

1) Beginning today, we're going to post a Blue Jackets trivia question to the CBJ Today blog each Tuesday afternoon. There will be only ONE (1) correct answer to each question, so the results won't be debatable.

2) We've set up an email inbox where you will send your answers. The address: (cbjtoday@gmail.com). You will have three (3) hours from the time the question is posted to email your answers to the CBJ Today inbox. Because of several issues -- including fairness -- there's going to be a very strict adherence to the time frame.

3) Because you're emailing your answers, that's how we will notify winners. There will be ONE (1) winner per week. Winners will be selected at random, and usually, will know by the end of the day on which the question is posted to the blog.

So, are YOU ready? Let's rock and roll.

TUESDAY TRIVIA QUESTION #1: Using a draft choice acquired from the San Jose Sharks, the Blue Jackets selected ________ with the pick. This player's younger brother would go on to play for the Blue Jackets during his career after being acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Who is this player?

Get your questions in to the CBJ Today inbox before 6:30 p.m. EST!

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 12:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


NOTE: This is the first 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 for further updates in this series.

At the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson had a few minutes to deliberate over the conditional first-round pick he obtained from the Los Angeles Kings in February.

Should he use the pick in 2012 (30th overall), or hang on to it for the following year? The decision hinged on the availability of a few players, and there was a good chance that players of interest would be on the board when the Blue Jackets picked next. Howson phoned Kings GM Dean Lombardi to let him know they would be deferring to 2013.

Their target was Swedish goaltender Oscar Dansk. As the picks went by and the first round drew to a close at CONSOL Energy Center, the anxiety evaporated. Columbus was leading off the second round on Saturday morning, and for Howson and the Blue Jackets, there was no question they were going to select Dansk with the 31st overall pick.

Goaltending coach Ian Clark told BlueJackets.com earlier this month that he had Dansk listed as his top-rated netminder in the draft class, ranked ahead of Malcolm Subban (Boston) and Andrei Vasilevsky (Tampa).

Dansk was in the crosshairs, and despite some last-minute trade offers, Howson held firm. Many are thankful he did, too; Dansk's blend of North American playing/educational experience coupled with natural athleticism and a keen sense of the goaltending position rocketed him to the top of the Blue Jackets draft board for goalies.

Pro goalie scout and NHL.com writer Justin Goldman (@TheGoalieGuild) feels the same -- he had Dansk right at the top of the order, as well, and strongly believes the Blue Jackets picked the best goaltender in the draft.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.14.2012 / 2:40 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Last year did not end on a positive note for Blue Jackets defenseman John Moore, and it has him chomping at the bit for training camp to begin in September.

The 21-year-old blue liner missed the final week of the season with an ankle injury suffered in a game against the Florida Panthers, and it grated on Moore that he couldn't be on the ice with his teammates as the Blue Jackets played well down the stretch. As the calendar turned to the offseason, Moore first thought not about the golf course or the nearest tropical getaway, but the quickest available avenue to get himself back to 100 percent health.

Rehabbing his ankle was tops on the priority list, he said, because he couldn't wait to get back in the gym and train for the 2012-13 campaign.

"It was nice to get that healed so I could hit the ground running with my training," Moore told BlueJackets.com. "I've been very fortunate this year to have maintained my health so far with my training, and I've been able to make some significant gains strength-wise and with conditioning.

"It's got me really excited for the upcoming season, for sure."


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.11.2012 / 11:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


One of Scott Howson's most pressing priorities in the last few years has been to reshape the Blue Jackets defense. When he took over as general manager in 2007, he inherited a group that could best be described as "one-dimensional," and severely lacking an element of elite offensive skill.

Howson and his hockey operations staff knew it wouldn't be something they could change overnight, but more of a continual process in which the club would be persistent in pursuing all options via trade, development, and free agency in order to upgrade their mobility and skill level. Roughly five years later, Howson has assembled a group of seven defenseman that, according to newly-signed Adrian Aucoin, can stand up to any club in the National Hockey League.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 07.8.2012 / 8:22 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Sunday, 07.8.2012 / 6:20 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.7.2012 / 4:37 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today
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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.7.2012 / 4:02 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


Ryan Johansen
probably said it best after today's scrimmage: "It's been a great week for all of the guys here."

It began on Monday for most of these kids, who flew in from all over the world to get a better idea of what it's going to take to make a living in the National Hockey League. They arrived at Nationwide Arena with wide eyes and open minds, ready to make an impression on the organization that showed the trust and faith to bring them into the fold.

If you think about it, it's a daunting task for young men who (for the most part) are under the age of 20, and like Brad Larsen said, many of them have never left the comforts of home until this week. From start to finish, the Blue Jackets player development staff and the coaching staff of the Springfield Falcons gave the prospects a five-day version of "Pro Hockey 101."

Today's scrimmage and shootout competition at the OhioHealth Ice Haus brought a standing-room only crowd to the rink on a day where outside temperatures cranked up over 100 degrees, but this wasn't simply an escape from the summer heat. Blue Jackets fans cheered the prospects on, handing out "BOOONE" chants to Boone Jenner and giving rousing ovations for every Johansen snipe -- a show of support that did not go unnoticed by the players.


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