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Fox - The Hockey Guy:
Columbus Blue Jackets hockey czar John Davidson has a running start on his rebuild, thanks to earlier deals that landed puck-rushing defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.Both were solid gets, ascending players with unique capabilities.But Davidson must also deal with some payroll management concerns as he moves forward. The franchise has made heavy investments in some mid-range talents.Looking some of the contracts clouding the franchise’s long-range picture:James Wisniewski, D: He did score 51 points two seasons ago, with 29 of those points coming on the power play while toiling for the Canadiens and the Islanders. But he earned a plus-minus rating of minus-32 during the previous three seasons. Last season injuries and a league suspension limited him to 48 games. He is a skilled D-man, but not a franchise cornerstone. Yet he is working under a six-year, $33 million contract that began last season. That deal included a $5 million signing bonus, paid out over two y...
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Youd never know it by the way Steve Mason was diving and lunging and contorting himself Tuesday night in Minnesota, especially in the second period, but hes actually trying to cut down on unnecessary movements around his net.
Obviously, the key word there is unnecessary. At the Xcel Energy Center Tuesday, every one of those moves was necessary to keep his Blue Jackets team in a tight...
By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto)
Once again this season, close wasn’t simply good enough for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
On Tuesday, the Jackets lost 3-2 in a competitive game against the Minnesota Wild, squandering away a solid performance from CBJ netminder Steve Mason.
In addition to coming up short on the offensive side of the ice, Columbus was hit hard with a series...
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The two story lines that stood out for me last night were...
Forget the chicken and egg question; I can still remember how much my head hurt trying to figure out that puzzler.
That doesnt mean Im not still interested in the whole concept of which comes first, particularly as it applies to something the Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to establish here in Ohios capital: that elusive winning culture.
Weve heard the phrase mentioned many times...