Are The Hurricanes Giving the City of Hartford the Middle Finger With the Whaler Throwbacks?

They say time heals all wounds, but I’m not sure that’s really the case when it comes to sports, and especially when we’re talking about a franchise being ripped out from under you. I’m blessed enough to not be a Cleveland fan, so I don’t know what it’s like to have a team relocated when years of sucking and lack of fan interest causes greedy ownership to move to Maryland for the crab cakes. I’m pretty sure Art Modell wouldn’t have moved the team to Baltimore if The Wire came out about a decade earlier. We might’ve been seeing a Kansas City Raven get investigated for murder if Omar Little was around in 1995 when Big Art was trying to decide which city to move to. Instead, the statue of an (alleged) murderer is in Maryland instead of Missouri. Continue reading

Panarin Channels His Inner-Blogger, Unable to Play Because He Pooped His Pants

Twitter went into a frenzy when it was announced the hottest name on the trade block Artemi Panarin wouldn’t be playing tonight vs. Montreal. The initial reaction was that the Jackets must be close to a deal to move Panarin before Monday’s trade deadline, but apparently that’s not the case according to John Tortorella: Continue reading

Artemi Panarin Fired His Agent and That Sounds Like a Good Thing for the Blue Jackets, Right? Not so Fast My Friend.

If you’re a Blue Jackets fan or just a hockey fan in general, you’re well aware of the looming disaster for Columbus. Artemi Panarin (and his fellow countryman Sergei Bobrovsky) are both unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2019 season. None of the parties involved have been able to reach an agreement on an extension or new contract, to the point where Panarin and his agent cut off contract talks and informed the team that he will not consider his future until after the season.

This puts the Blue Jackets in a VERY difficult spot. They aren’t quite a cup contender as constructed, but they could get to that level with a deadline deal or two. All of that gets thrown into a blender if Panarin isn’t in the mix though. If the NHL has learned anything from last year’s Islanders-Tavares situation, its not worth letting some prima donna string you along all season and into free agency and then bail without the courtesy of letting you get anything in return. Although the Islanders are doing just fine, I’m sure they would have preferred to get a young player and a draft pick for Tavares at last year’s deadline. Now the Jackets are faced with the million dollar decision. Do they try to make a run at a cup by acquiring a few players this month, or do they see if they can get a quality return for a Panarin rental? There’s really no good answer and it’s a really shitty situation to be in.

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Gritty the Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Paves the Way For Mascots to Join Political Ranks

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The Score – Could Gritty have a future in politics? Some people in New Jersey apparently think so.

The Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot earned 14 write-in votes from residents in Camden, N.J. in the midterm elections, according to Michael Blinn of the New York Post. There was a pair of votes for Gritty to be county sheriff and another two for the U.S. House in N.J. District 1.

Before we start, let’s address the elephant in the room. I know what everyone is thinking.

But Mac, haven’t we already seen what an orange politician would look like in office? 

Well, loyal readers, I don’t think I have to tell you that Sesame Street’s Ernie lost his campaign for Senate in 2010. We all remember how that went down. Oh, what could’ve been. Stupid leaked tapes.

Gritty is a known barbarian. Actually, I don’t know that for a fact but look at him. He looks like Scott Hartnell lost his gym membership and fired his barber. And I say that as someone who loves Scott Hartnell. But when it comes to trusting a mascot with our healthcare and public spending, I want more than a non-verbal, unkempt Scott Hartnell running the show. Continue reading

It Took 13 Games for the Blue Jackets to Have Their First Fighting Major, but It Was Worth the Wait

I’m not gonna lie, it wasn’t looking good for our captain Nick Foligno early on in the fight. Phaneuf is a pretty big guy and he appears to have studied up on Foligno’s fighting abilities because it was clear he wanted no part of standing toe-to-toe with the Blue Jackets’ fearless captain. But man, once Foligno got free..

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Anthony Duclair is Already Making a Case For Goal of the Year

There’s no other way to say it. That goal was downright incredible. After being destroyed by the Tampa Bay Lightning over the weekend the Blue Jackets needed a boost and Anthony Duclair was the man for the job. I know it’s way too early to throw out Goal of the Year talk, but this has to be in the conversation. I don’t care if it started by him falling down or the Flyers half-assing it on defense, Duclair looked like a magician on the ice.

Who knew Cam Atkinson’s two goals could be overshadowed by a single goal in in the first period, but that’s the way it goes some nights.

A lot of the chatter surrounding the Blue Jackets this season has been about the impending doom of Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin’s contract situations and whether or not the Jackets can focus on winning now while protecting the future. Nights like tonight and seeing Duclair pull a rabbit out of the hat makes you realize we just need to enjoy the ride and see what the 2018-19 season has in store for us before we lose sleep over Panarin wanting to play in Tampa.

Here’s to hoping Duclair has a few more incredible goals like this up his sleeve. New York gave up on him way too early before sending him to Arizona for a few lackluster seasons and a very forgettable stint in Chicago. It’s time for Columbus to be on the right side of history when taking a chance on a guy in free agency. We’ve been burned too many times before.

The NHL Needs to Re-evaluate Their Fighting Policy

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We’re two weeks into this young NHL season and I think it’s time to admit that the league has a fighting problem. The NHL is currently on pace for 241 fights this year, its lowest total in over 18 years (I couldn’t find stats from before 2000). We’re currently looking at 0.19 fights per game and only 16.84% of games with a fight. Just 10 years ago there were 0.60 fights per game and 41.38% of games with fights. (All stats courtesy of hockeyfights.com) So what’s the problem? People aren’t fighting enough!

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