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Cannon Blasts - February 4, 2016

All the latest on the NHL and CBJ!

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Thirty more games to the finish line, folks.  We've got 25 days to the trade deadline.  It's not going to be a fun spring, I don't believe.  On the positive side, we should get an extended look at the barely-20-somethings in the organization.  Let's see what the kids have got this final third of the season.

Lots of links to get to - we'll start at the NHL level and slowly make our way to a Columbus view.

  • The story came out this past weekend that Gary Bettman signed a six-year extension as commissioner of the NHL.  He's on board through 2022.
  • Here is Bill Daly talking NHL expansion, the Canadian dollar, and more.
  • This story from SBNation NHL has all the pictures, gifs, and videos from John Scott's All-Star Weekend.  All of the feels.
  • A piece from Johnny Gaudreau for The Players' Tribune.
  • Somehow, Pierre LeBrun (ESPN) does not have the Jackets in last in his power rankings.
  • I mentioned the trade deadline coming at the end of the month.  Here is who the Toronto Sun thinks are the top names on the market.
  • Bleacher Report has Scott Hartnell on its "Honorable Mention" list of its top 10 players likely to be traded before the deadline.
  • Scott Burnside (ESPN) summarized each team in the Metro Division heading into the trade deadline.  He didn't explicitly say it, but (obviously) expect the Jackets to be sellers.
  • Scott Hartnell does appear on Allan Muir's (SI) list of players most likely to be traded by February 29th.
  • Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers had an interview piece with Jarmo Kekalainen before the All-Star break.
  • Some optimism?  Check out CBJ Prospect's Week in Review over at Buckeye State Hockey.
  • The Blue Jackets website documented Brandon Saad's weekend in Nashville - a blog here.   Photos here.
  • Here are some pictures from Winter Park (open through Feb. 21) so far.
  • Cam Atkinson was named the NHL's 2nd Star of the Week.
Hang in there, everyone.  We'll get to see these next 3 1/2 weeks if Jarmo can work his magic in unloading some contracts.  As I said in the opening, we should also get a chance to see more kids in the spotlight, and perhaps even another AHL call-up or two if guys are moved for prospects/picks.

That is about all I can point to for excitement.