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News and notes from around the NHL

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Here are some random notes from around the NHL and even a few that pertain to the CBJ!

  • The Hockey Writers see Matt Calvert as a "depth" forward who could/should be traded.
  • The mumps are going around the NHL.  SB Nation looks at why the outbreak is occurring.
  • Gretzky is involved with the ownership group looking to bring an NHL franchise to Vegas.
  • The Panthers and Capitals went 20 rounds in the shootout last night.  20.  Rounds.  That's a new NHL record.
  • The CBJ are slowly moving up the power rankings!
  • Some interesting notes here on the Jackets after their shootout win last night.  Seven-game win streak is the 2nd longest in franchise history.  Bob picked up his 10th career shutout in career game #200.  Joey is 3 of 4 in shootout attempts this season.
  • I linked to this in the game recap, but even strength scoring has to improve for the club.
  • Union and Blue think that RyJo and Foligno need to be on the ice together.  They're currently centering two different lines.
  • USA Today (a couple days ago) didn't seem too high on the Blue Jackets making the playoffs.
  • ICYMI from yesterday - Jerry D'Amigo was traded.
  • Some interesting notes a few days ago in "30 Thoughts" on Edmonton's interest in Johansen/Anisimov and Jeremy Morin apparently "wasn't available" when GMs asked.  Guess that was false.
  • Test Tube is skating.  If you're blocked by Porty on Twitter, well, you'll have to open that link in a browser where you are signed out of Twitter I guess.  On the injury front - Hartnell *should* be back within a week or two followed by Letestu.  Goloubef may be ready, but I'm not sure how he cracks the blue line right now.

A FIVE GAME home stand starts Thursday against the Caps and the Blackhawks come into town on Saturday.