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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.7.2012 / 1:14 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


Today’s on-ice session for the last day of Development Camp has been slightly altered due to a few
minor injuries that have limited the number of on-ice participants. Sitting certain players is more
precautionary than anything, but has changed the format from a normal 5-on-5 scrimmage to a series of
3-on-3 scrimmages.

Players have been separated into two teams – Blue Team and White Team. For scoring purposes, the
Blue Team will serve as the “home” team, while the White Team will serve as the “visitors.”

The two teams will compete in four different 3-on-3 scrimmages. Each scrimmage will last 10 minutes
(pending score) and will have a different variation. One of the variations will require fans sitting in the
middle sections of the OhioHealth Ice Haus to temporarily vacate their seats for safety issues (game will
be played going the short side of the ice, inside the blue lines).

Following the four scrimmages, the teams will then compete in a power play game, followed by two
relay races (one with a puck, one with the net) and will conclude with a shootout competition (time
permitting).

Each scrimmage and event will see the losing team do some form of a hard skate for the loss.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.7.2012 / 11:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today



LIVE STREAM: Great news, Blue Jackets fans! We're going to live stream today's development camp scrimmage on JacketsTV, so you even if you can't make it down to the OhioHealth Ice Haus from 2-4 p.m., we will have you completely covered!

Tune it to BlueJackets.com, where you will find the link to today's stream.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.6.2012 / 3:25 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


First things first -- it is ridiculously hot outside. I'm more amazed by the ice staying in one beautiful piece today than at my lack of judgment wearing a pullover on my walk to Tim Horton's. Sometimes I'm prone to moments like that.

But it felt terrific inside the walls of the OhioHealth Ice Haus today, and it was another full day on the ice (and off) for Blue Jackets development camp. Similar to how Wednesday's session began, today started with the four goaltenders working out separately with goalie coach Ian Clark before the 10:30 a.m. full group practice. Oscar Dansk, Joonas Korpisalo, Anton Forsberg and Martin Ouelette were put to work by Clark, working on angles, tracking packs and making economical movements in the crease.

Springfield coach Brad Larsen and assistant coach Nolan Pratt ran the majority of today's full-group practice, and Blue Jackets development coach Chris Clark was on the ice with (Ian) Clark, as well. The practice was uptempo -- much like it was on Wednesday -- but today had a different feel to it, almost a more serious feel. The prospects can definitely tell they're under evaluation by the organization, but as they have said all week long, it's important to not put an enormous amount of pressure on their performance.


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POSTED ON Friday, 07.6.2012 / 3:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

In the second installment of our #TweetUp feature during development camp week, I caught up with Cam Atkinson -- one of the emerging young snipers in the NHL, and a good guy who happens to be roughly the same height as me. The problem is that he's significantly cooler than I am, but simply by proxy, I got a little cooler today.

Cam's had a Twitter account for a while now, and one of our running jokes this past season was getting him the official Twitter checkmark for a verified account. Once he got that, it was business time. His Tweet-game is pretty solid, and he's got all kinds of thoughts and opinions on the world's largest social network of 140 characters or less.

Let's see what Cam had to say about Twitter:


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POSTED ON Friday, 07.6.2012 / 1:30 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


















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POSTED ON Friday, 07.6.2012 / 10:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.6.2012 / 9:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Upon his trade to Columbus, Nick Foligno said his top priority was getting a new contract worked out with the Blue Jackets.

Next step: take the nearest red pen and cross that item off the list. Foligno signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jackets this morning, ensuring that Scott Howson's latest trade acquisition is going to be in the union blue through the 2014-15 season. The deal is worth a total of $9.25 million over the three-year term, breaking down to $2.5 million in 2012-13, $3 million in 2013-14 and $3.75 million in 2014-15.

The Blue Jackets targeted Foligno because of his versatility and what they believe is burgeoning offensive potential. The Buffalo, N.Y. native can play all three forward positions and bounced around from the top line to the third line in Ottawa, proving that regardless of where he was slotted in the lineup, he was able to contribute and make a positive impact on the team.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.5.2012 / 3:57 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


If you've read through the photo gallery update, I apologize in advance for this quick recap of what went down this morning.

For starters, I woke up way too early (I'm not the rosiest of morning people, you could say) and headed downtown to follow Ryan Murray along on his first local radio tour in Columbus.

Our first stop was CD 102.5FM over in the Brewery District for an appearance with Joe Jewett and the Morning Show. Joe was great as usual, and Murray got the chance to tell the story of his draft weekend and the nervous feeling before getting selected. Murray also talked about his fondness for Neil Young and how he's taken up playing the guitar in the past couple of years.

We hopped in the car and drown down Front St. to QFM 96, where Murray jumped on with Arch & Elliot's morning show -- selfishly, it's one of my favorites. Arch asked Murray about the draft weekend and his hometown of White City, Saskatchewan, which Murray said isn't nearly as hot and humid as this week in Columbus (this guy echoes that). Finally, before we left, the guys talked Murray into playing a few chords on the guitar. It was awesome.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.5.2012 / 12:25 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

We'll start today's first update with a recap of what has gone on so far. It was an early start for me (I somehow managed) as I tagged along with Ryan Murray during his first-ever Columbus radio tour. He visited the morning shows at CD 102.5FM, QFM96 and WCOL to talk the NHL draft, his first experiences in Columbus, and of course -- some country music and his love for Neil Young.

Thanks to a few cups of coffee and the uplifting smell of fresh ice in the OhioHealth Ice Haus, I made it through the morning and got some really good stuff from the Blue Jackets prospects today.

Here's a collection of photos from the radio tour, and this morning's on-ice fitness testing.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.5.2012 / 10:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


One of the highlights of this year's Blue Jackets development camp has been getting to know the prospects and get some insight into their personalities. Let's face it: at the root of it all, these are still 18-20 year old kids who have a ton of interests outside of hockey, and finding out more about  those interests is a really fun part of the week.

In case you haven't heard, Blue Jackets goalie prospect Oscar Dansk (31st overall, 2012 draft) is an active tweeter and likes to see what other people are doing using his Twitter app. He's also on Instagram -- oscardansk -- so make sure to add him to your feed and check out the pictures he's uploading from wherever his feet land.

We're going to feature some Q-and-A sessions with the guys throughout the week focusing on Twitter: what do you like about it, how would you make it better, any memorable moments? All that and more is on the way, but let's cut to the chase and get the details on Oscar's tweetography.

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