While the Jackets made a small move at the minor league level, acquiring Martin St. Pierre in his return from Europe, in an effort to continue adding veteran experience to Springfield, the more significant news for many Jackets fans was a report on Puck Rakers that Monique Pineault, the wife of former Jacket Adam Pineault, is battling cancer.
As a community, the Jackets' fandom has always done a great job of supporting each other and charitable causes. We offer our heartfelt sympathy and support to Adam and Monique. Even if you can't donate financially, if you have a few minutes to spare, please consider leaving words of support for the Pineault family.
In some wider NHL news, the Islanders are asking for $4 million dollars to fix up the Nassau Coliseum while they wait for a vote on the funds to build a new facility. It's a steep price to pay, but considering the building's current state (awful) and the fact that even if a new arena gets approved, the Coliseum has to keep working until it's built and ready for the team to move in, this seems like a necessary expense.
Aaron Portzline takes a look at all the different options for Scott Arniel this season thanks to free agency, the Carter trade, and the team's increasing depth.
Another get well soon bouquet goes out to The Other Paper's Steph Greegor, their CBJ & Crew beat writer, who tweeted yesterday that she had to have her appendix removed.
CBJ Video Expert Skraut has started a twitter campaign to get all 82 Blue Jackets games in HD this season. And let's face it, it's not like people will be watching the Cavs. If you're not on Twitter but would still like to contact Fox Sports Ohio, reach out to them here and demand Glorious High Definition.
NCAA hockey appears to be shifting into super conferences in the wake of the Big Ten announcing they'll form a new conference in 2013-2014. This could start making life very, very hard for smaller schools who want to keep Division 1 hockey programs running.
The Florida Panthers were the top spender, by far, in free agency. But the Jackets were no slouches either - check out this neat look at how teams spent (and how many years were laid out) from July 1 to July 8.
That'll do for today. Have a good rest of your weekend, and we'll be back with more on Monday!