POSTED ON Monday, 07.23.2012 / 7:41 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Monday, 07.23.2012 / 5:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 7:01 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 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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