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https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/2/23/18238005/columbus-blue-jackets-trade-for-ryan-dzingel-in-exchange-for-anthony-duclair

 

Columbus traded Anthony Duclair and two second-round draft picks (2020, 2021) for forward Ryan Dzingel and a 2019 7th-round pick from Ottawa.

 

Another bold move from Jarmo and JD.  Another potential high risk/high reward deal.  Dzingel is a big upgrade from Duclair (who is now on his 5th NHL team in his 4th NHL season at only 23-years-old!).  But two 2nd-rounders is a hefty price for another potential UFA rental.  Although the 26-year-old Dzingel did play three seasons for the Ohio State hockey team before joining Ottawa in 2014.  And is being reported that he loved living in Columbus while at OSU, so he might re-sign with the CBJ.

 

In any event, CBJ management seems to be all-in for a 2019 playoff run.  If Bob and Bread remain on the roster after Monday's 3PM Trade Deadline, the Jackets will have four potential UFA rentals in Bob, Bread, Duchene & Dzingel.  Risky - but they're going for it(!)

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If the previous two deals to add Duchene and Dzingel were the equivalent of "swinging for the fences" - then today's two deals were the equivalent of a sacrifice bunts 🙃

 

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/2/25/18239606/columbus-blue-jackets-acquire-new-jersey-devils-goaltender-keith-kinkaid --- The first CBJ deal on Deadline Day was to acquire the New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid for a 2022 fifth-round pick.  The 29-year-old Kinkaid has been the Devils primary backup goalie since 2012 and then pressed into more of a starting role in their past two seasons because of injuries to their starting goalie Schneider.  Kinkaid is a UFA this summer, so this is a pure rental move that acts as insurance for the CBJ's goalie corps.  Kinkaid might slot in as Bob's primary backup for the remainder of this season.  Or Korpi might continue as the primary backup with Kinkaid as insurance against injuries.  Either way, the Jackets didn't give up much to NJ.  This 5th-round pick isn't until the 2022 draft (which is not this summer, or the next summer, or the next summer, but four summer's away!)

 

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/2/25/18240201/columbus-blue-jackets-acquire-adam-mcquaid-from-new-york-rangers --- The second Deadline Day deal was an eminently logical move to rent a depth defenseman for the stretch run.  32-year-old, 6'-4" Adam McQuaid was acquired from the New York Rangers for 2019 4th-round pick and a 2019 7th-round pick.  Another rental move, since McQuaid is a UFA this summer, made necessary because of Ryan Murray's injury.  McQuaid is the epitome of a big defensive defenseman and should slot onto the Jackets third d-pair.  GM Kek gave up a little more than the Kinkaid deal, but still not much for basically an insurance-type rental.  Think of McQuaid as this year's Ian Cole!

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So the deals are done for the 2019 CBJ.  They added Duchene, Dzingel, Kinkaid, McQuaid.  They didn't trade pending UFA's Bob and Bread.  And they didn't move anyone from the existing roster except for Duclair (who was inconsistent and in the Torts doghouse).  Not bad at all for GM Kek and PoHO JD.  They're all in for a 2019 playoff run!

 

Personally, I like this "all in" move.  Because I'll never fault a team for tying to win.  And after too many seasons of "wait until next year", its a great thing to see the CBJ going for it - despite the risks involved.  And the risks of this "all in" strategy are huge.  There's no guarantee of re-signing the many UFA's now on the roster for future years.  There's no guarantee of even making this year's playoffs (although currently above the playoff line - its only by a single point going into tonight's games).  And although the Jackets preserved their prospect pipeline, they traded away alot of future draft picks.  When you see the picks available for the next three drafts, it looks mildly terrifying(!)

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One CBJ reporter even joke tweeted that the organization could save itself some money by not sending anyone to the 2019 draft, since they currently only have a 3rd-round and 7th-round pick!

 

But What The Heck --- I'm on the All In Train for the next 21 regular season games and hopefully some playoff games!  (And hopefully more than 4 to 7 playoff games too!!)  FIRE THE CANNON ⚠️ 💣💥

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  • The next three home games (3-in-4-day stretch) will be big:  Thursday (PHI); Saturday (EDM); Sunday (WIN)

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Now that's more like it:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/2/28/18245521/game-63-recap-seth-jones-panarin-columbus-blue-jackets-bury-philadelphia-flyers

 

The CBJ won their first post-deadline day game in thrilling overtime fashion last night.  If (and hopefully when) the Blue Jackets make the playoffs, winning overtime games will be a big reason why.  So far the CBJ are 8-2 in games decided in OT (plus one SO loss).  This is the second time this season Columbus won in OT over Philly - both times on goals from Seth Jones(!)  And Columbus swept the 4-game season series against Philly with this win.

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Now that's less like it (very much less):  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/2/18247716/game-64-recap-edmonton-oilers-blank-columbus-blue-jackets-4-0

 

The Jackets can rebound with a quick turnaround game tonight hosting Winnipeg.  But the CBJ really need to get off this "good game - terrible game - good game - terrible game" pattern if they hope to make the playoffs!

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3 hours ago, DarkandStormy said:

Well, they went "terrible game - bad game."  2-3 on the homestand including an aggregate score of 9-2 in the final back-to-back losses.

 

Team is now barely treading waters and the playoffs are slipping away.

 

The panic is real(!):  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/4/18249491/game-65-recap-the-season-is-over

 

And today's Dispatch sports section(!):

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That's more like it (but just barely):  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/6/18252653/game-66-recap-columbus-blue-jackets-losing-effort-points-new-jersey-devils-disgrace-fix-it

 

Or as the Jackets Cannon headline put it: "Game #66 Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets Submit Losing Effort, Come Away with 2 Points Against AHL New Jersey Devils - They didn’t deserve to win, but they got a win anyway. Whatever. Points are points."

 

The CBJ did get two valuable points with a 2-1 SO victory last night over the Binghamton New Jersey Devils.  Unfortunately, the other three teams Columbus is fighting a playoff spot for (Carolina, Pittsburgh, Montreal) all won (PIT & MON) or got a point with an OT-loss (CAR).  So going into this critical Thursday-Saturday home-and-away with the Pens, Columbus is still two points below the playoff line.  Lots and lots on the line for the CBJ, who will need a much better effort against a team that always brings it.

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Now that was definitely more like it:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/10/18258470/game-68-recap-columbus-blue-jackets-save-playoff-dreams-defeat-pittsburgh-penguins

 

Such a satisfying win last night over the Pens!  Joy to the way the CBJ played, joy to keeping in the thick of the playoff race, and joy to sticking it to the yinzers that always infest Nationwide Arena for these games!

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Now, as for the playoff implications of last night's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.  Columbus has been one of four teams fighting for the final three Eastern playoff spots.  Pittsburgh, Carolina, Montreal and Columbus have all been separated by a mere point of two for the past few weeks.  Lately, Carolina has surged to the front.  But with each game played, the order of the pack shifts around.  Which is why the CBJ win last night was so important - it kept C-BUS in contact with the pack.  In fact - going into today's games - the Blue Jackets hold the final wild card spot over Montreal.  Below are the full Eastern playoff standings:

 

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Of course, with only 14 games remaining, every game and point is important.  Next week, the CBJ schedule features two Metro teams in playoff position (NYI & CAR) and two games against the hottest team in the league (Boston, who is 15-0-4 dating back to 1/19, which was their last loss in regulation!)

  • Mon, 3/11 at NY Islanders
  • Tue, 3/12 vs Boston
  • Fri, 3/15  vs Carolina
  • Sat, 3/16 at Boston

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Bob-was-gr8 + offense-was-bad = https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/11/18261063/game-69-recap-not-nice-new-york-islanders-thomas-greiss-columbus-blue-jackets-park-the-bus-i-am-sad

 

Chance-for-CBJ-to-redeem-themselves-tonight:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/12/18260897/game-70-preview-boston-bruins-at-columbus-blue-jackets

 

The shutout loss on The Island doesn't help Columbus' playoff position.  Still in the second wild-card spot because Montreal didn't play last night - but the CBJ burned off their game-in-hand advantage.  A chance to redeem themselves against Boston tonight - but as the english soccer announcers would say "they must do better".

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Game #70 Recap: Jackets Beat Bruins 7-4 in Game That Had Everything - A Panarin fight, a Boone hat trick and a big win: https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/12/18263055/columbus-blue-jackets-beat-boston-bruins-panarin-fight

 

Big & odd win last night over Boston.  The team finally found their post-trade offense with 7 goals (equaling a season-high).  And almost blew a 5-1 lead, but didn't.  The win allows Columbus to hold serve in the standings.  Still tied with Montreal in points, but the CBJ still hold the second wild-card spot via ROW tiebreak.  Friday's home game hosting Carolina (who is two points ahead of the CBJ) is obviously huge.

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https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/15/18268131/game-71-recap-sergei-bobrovsky-steals-a-win-columbus-blue-jackets-carolina-hurricanes

 

Weird but wonderful 3-0 win over Carolina for the CBJ last night:

  • Bob was Vezina Bob last night - setting a new CBJ record with a 46-save shutout!
  • The two goals scored by the CBJ in the first period were from defensive defensemen McQuaid & Savard!
  • Gene Simmons of KISS was at the game, had a very visible glass-side seat and was interviewed by the FSO sideline reporter during the game! (KISS is playing at Nationwide Arena tonight)
  • Carolina goes all-in and pulls their goalie with 3:07 left after Columbus commits a 2-min penalty.  The 6-on-4 power-play gambit backfires when Anderson scores an empty-netter 29 seconds later to clinch the win!
  • Columbus was outshot 46 to 19 by Carolina!

This was a big must-win home game for the CBJ.  Columbus is now tied at 83 points with Carolina for the two wild-card spots - Carolina currently holds the WC1 spot by virtue of one game-in-hand over C-BUS.  Columbus is 2 points up on Montreal in 9th-place going into tonight's game at Boston (a high-flying Bruin team that is suddenly on a 3-game losing streak).

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https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/17/18267506/game-72-recap-columbus-blue-jackets-at-boston-bruins

 

Very nice game at Boston that went to overtime.  But this time, the CBJ didn't prevail in OT (they're now 8-3 in OT).  Fine game in goal by backup Korpisalo with 31 saves and only giving up an early power-play goal and the 3-on-3 OT goal.  At least they earned a road point for the standings.  After this weekend's play, Columbus still holds the WC2 spot -- one point below Carolina for the WC1 spot and three points above Montreal for the spot below the Eastern playoff line.

 

The team will vacate Nationwide Arena to make way for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  The CBJ will instead take their Western Canadian road trip this week - with a Tuesday game at Calgary, a Thursday game at Edmonton and a Sunday game at Vancouver.  After that road trip, the CBJ return to Nationwide for two straight big home games against NYI and MON next week.

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https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/20/18273661/game-73-recap-columbusblue-jackets-flame-out-in-calgary-lose-4-2

 

Decent game last night in Calgary, but not decent enough against a 'Best in the West' Flames team.  Would've been nice for the CBJ to have stolen a point or two in Calgary - but this was always going to be the toughest of these three Western Canada games.  Edmonton and Vancouver are sitting third-worst and fourth-worst in the West.  So the next two games are "must-wins" for the CBJ.

 

The Jackets will need these points in EDM and VAN after getting none last night.  Carolina won in a shootout against Pittsburgh and Montreal beat Philadelphia in regulation last night.  Columbus is now only one up on MON and three behind CAR in the Eastern playoff race (see full standings below):

 

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Bleck:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/22/18276191/late-start-in-edmonton-blue-jackets-miss-memo-fall-out-of-playoff-picture-with-latest-loss

 

Disappointing loss at Edmonton leaves the Jackets below the playoff line.  Three points behind CAR (WC1 w/ game-in-hand); one point behind MON (WC2).  Makes the Sunday night game at VAN even more of a "must-win".

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https://www.jacketscannon.com/2019/3/25/18280414/game-75-recap-josh-anderson-leads-columbus-blue-jackets-to-two-points-vancouver-canucks

 

After losing the first two games in their Western Canada road trip, the CBJ desperately needed a win in Vancouver last night.  And they got it with a big 5-0 win - as the Jackets finally looked like a team playing with some desperation for a final playoff spot!  Here is the Eastern playoff race after last night's results:

 

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Columbus is currently two points below the playoff line behind Montreal -- although the CBJ now hold a one game-in-hand advantage over Montreal.  Only seven regular-season games remain for the CBJ - with two huge home games coming up this week:

  • Tuesday hosting the NY Islanders
  • Thursday hosting Montreal (which could be an immensely determinative game for both team's playoff hopes!)

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