Training camp is just about 24 hours away. It's getting real (again). After the NHL and NHLPA ratified their Return To Play agreement on Friday, and with it, a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement, the restarted season is only a few weeks away.
When Seth Jones went down with an ankle injury on February 9th, many thought we'd seen the last of him this season. The circumstances have changed, and Jones returning for the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a huge positive for the Blue Jackets.
Let’s start by addressing the big difference between the 2019 NHL Playoff Columbus Blue Jackets and the 2020 postseason Blue Jackets: Lots of talent left coach John Tortorella’s team as free agents last summer.
Last week, I debated whether the Toronto Maple Leafs have a legitimate home-ice advantage in the qualifying round against the Columbus Blue Jackets. I wasn't sure there was much of one, to begin with, and the more I've thought about it, the more convinced I am that I posed the wrong question.
It's about time for things to get going. The Blue Jackets have had players in town – with more arriving each week – for Phase 2 group skates leading up to Phase 3, which is the schedule opening of training camps (now July 13).
Barring (another) change, it appears the Columbus Blue Jackets will be heading to Toronto for the qualifying round (and beyond, if applicable) later this month. Naturally, then, the question becomes: does Toronto hold any sort of inherent advantage by playing in their home building without fans?
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Detroit can’t catch a break lately, and we know what that’s like. For those of us who feel like the Columbus Blue Jackets get the short end of every stick, it’s a small comfort to remember this: the Detroit Red Wings exist.
Per multiple reports, Jakob Lilja will be heading to the KHL to continue his playing career for the 2020-21 season. The news was first reported by his new club, Barys Nur-Sultan. Lilja, who came to Columbus as a free agent from Djurgårdens of the SHL last offseason, had 2-3-5 in 37 games this season with the Blue Jackets.
The differences between last year's Blue Jackets squad and this year's are night and day. The 2018-19 team won with skill and offensive onslaughts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the 19-20 version won't be able to solely rely on their offensive capabilities.
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images I would love to have the opportunity to ask these question (most of them anyway). As you know, we’ve been producing The Cannon Cast for nearly a year and a half and I’ve hosted my fair share.
The vast differences between these two drafts, both in format and outside factors, help to explain why the infant Golden Knights already seem to be more established in Year 3 than the Blue Jackets and Wild, facing down their 20th seasons in 2020-21.
Back in 2016 — when Kaepernick first began his silent protests ahead of San Francisco 49ers games — Tortorella, who was Team USA coach at the World Cup of Hockey, threatened to bench any players who knelt as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played before the opening faceoff.