Friday, July 4, 2008

Free Agency Day 2...

... could I be any more woefully behind?

First impressions of Day 2... first off, free agent-wise. I am really liking the Kristian Huselius signing. A tad pricey, but he has put up some good numbers, especially in the last couple seasons, so I think the CBJ are catching him on the way up. His last gig was on a line with Jarome Iginla in Calgary, putting up 77 and 66 points the last two seasons. I'm liking the look of a line with him and Nash, with Peca in the middle if the Jackets re-sign him.

The Jackets shored up the blueline with a couple of youngs Ds from New York. In exchange, they sent Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche to the Rangers. Zherdev, I completely understand. Despite his public relations renaissance, he has been been more trouble than he's worth in the early going.

I'm much sadder to see Fritsche go... he was the first Ohio-born Blue Jacket, from Parma. I'm not from Cleveland, per se, but I do have roots there, so there is a certain sentimentality that goes with rooting for #49 from the stands. I suppose I can still wear the hat when the Rangers are in town, without too much fan hostility. I freakin' hate the Rangers, though... second only to the Red Wings.

The first two days represent a lot of change, though. Three new D-men and three new forwards (counting getting Umberger in the draft) mean a lot of new faces. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the team looks like in October.

More to come...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Day 1: Okay, I somewhat get it...

Oops.. forgot to submit this when I wrote it. My bad.:

First two days got a little crazy, so there's some catching up to do on my part.

So the Jackets didn't seem to do anything especially huge. They started off with a trade to the Oilers, sending them Gilbert Brule for Raffi Torres. This seems like a pretty good transaction. Brule has not been able to get it together consistently since the Jackets drafted him, and Torres' statistics look pretty good when he's healthy, about 30-40 points the three years prior to 07-08. He only played 32 games in 07-08 because of an injury. A big plus, he had some good playoff experience with Edmonton, when they got to the Stanley Cup Finals. Averaging about $2.5M per season the next two years.

Commodore is an interesting pickup. He's a big, physical guy. Not a huge scorer, which makes me a little uneasy, since the Jackets are throwing about $3.75M per, for the next five years. I am interested in seeing what he can do. He was on Carolina's Cup team in '06 (interestingly enough, against Torres' Oilers).

I'm going to find some stuff on them on YouTube (as suggested by the hockey guys at The Columbus Dispatch) and take a look at what they've got.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hello, my name is Martin...

...and I am a Hockey Addict.

It has been nearly three months since my last Columbus Blue Jackets game.

True, this sounds like a cross between an AA meeting and a confessional monologue, but... well, the above statements pretty much sum it all up.

Today is July 1st, between 2-3 p.m., and free agency is officially underway in the NHL. I just got in from a business lunch, so I don't know what has happened yet so far, except for the fact that the CBJ have traded Gilbert Brule to Edmonton for Raffi Torres.

I'm obviously eager to find out the deal with what the CBJ are up to, but also Colorado, because Joe Sakic (arguably the greatest captain of at least this era) may be pondering retirement, and I'm curious to see what happens with their goaltending situation now that it looks like they are (thankfully) showing Jose Theodore the door.

I'm looking forward to finishing this post and getting caught up, but I figured I'd set the scene. there'll probably be more stuff to talk about soon.