This season, The Hockey Writers will have a recurring “Three Takeaways” feature after every Columbus Blue Jackets matchup, meant to serve as postgame quick hits. 1) Contract Relief for Cam Atkinson The Blue Jackets officially extended forward Cam Atkinson’s contract Friday morning with a seven-year, $40.25 million deal. It was a huge relief for the
The Columbus Blue Jackets played their first preseason game on Tuesday night, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks at home 5-2. Since then, they’ve lost 3-2 in overtime to the St. Louis Blues and lost 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. So, the record isn’t good for the Jackets so far but there are some positive takeaways.
Throughout August, The Hockey Writers will be releasing a series of bold predictions. Team by team, this series will take shape as we look at some of the more questionable possibilities that could come into fruition during the 2017-18 season. As our predictions continue, we head to Columbus, Ohio, and check in with the Blue
Jersey number 9 is arguably the most legendary in NHL history. With the likes of Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Mike Modano and many others all having donned ‘9’ on their backs, it’s hard to find a numeral associated with more of the game’s all-time greats. While no player anywhere near the status of those legends has
It was a big decision. It was a controversial decision. It was a risky decision. But for better or for worse, Chicago Blackhawks’ general manager Stan Bowman decided it was worth it to give up Artemi Panarin in favor of Brandon Saad. On June 23, Saad was brought back to the Blackhawks, and Panarin became
Welcome to part two of Pressure Points, our summer review of the Columbus Blue Jackets. In case you missed part one, we did a full recap of the offseason to date. Since then, you haven’t missed anything. We still await the new contracts of both Alexander Wennberg and Josh Anderson. We also wait to see
Welcome back to Blue Jackets Pressure Points. Last summer, we tackled hard questions facing the team in the offseason and tried offering answers. For our second season, we have nine questions we will attempt to answer. Before we jump into those questions which will come out once per week, we thought it would be a
The Chicago Blackhawks organization and fan base endured an emotional weekend. The NHL Entry Draft, hosted by Chicago for the first time in history, was supposed to take center stage. For many, it quickly became an afterthought as general manager Stan Bowman made two trades that will re-shape the team’s 2017-18 roster. Blockbuster Trades In
The New York Rangers have been making moves to free up money. After buying out veteran defenseman Dan Girardi, a trade on Friday saw the New York Rangers send forward Derek Stepan and goaltender Anti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes. Those three moves allowed the Rangers to clear a ton of cap space for the coming
The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Artemi Panarin along with forward Tyler Motte and a 2017 sixth-round draft pick in exchange for forward Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. This deal comes just minutes after the Blackhawks officially shipped veteran defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for
The term blockbuster invokes thoughts of Star Wars, Titanic, Avatar and a now-defunct movie rental chain. Originally characterized by productions eliciting large audience responses, today blockbuster is more broadly used to describe high-cost or high-budget productions, sometimes irrespective of their success or popularity. That description seems apt for describing what may be on tap for the
Since his debut in the 2015-16 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, Artemi Panarin has caught the eye of many on and off the ice. Often compared to teammate Patrick Kane, there is a lot about the Russian-born star that most of the public doesn’t know. Here are five quick things to know about Artemi Panarin.