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Ryan Russell heads to Springfield

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With the Jackets working to reach their final roster configuration before tomorrow's 3pm deadline, it isn't much of a surprise that Ryan Russell was the next to pack his bags, having been put on waivers after he was medically cleared to resume play after blocking a shot against Minnesota last week. Having cleared and been assigned, Russell will report to the Falcons and hopefully help the fill some of the offensive void opened by Cam Atkinson's breakthrough.

Columbus City Council Passes Arena Proposal 6-0

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In a vote held Monday evening, the Columbus City Council approved the proposed Arena deal by a unanimous margin. Up next it will go before the mayor and the Franklin County Commissioners.

Today's Waiver Wire

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TSN has today's waiver wire - a lot of guys have been placed to move, though Columbus has yet to release anyone (probably tomorrow, after the Capitals game). There are a few names I wouldn't mind in the system, but nobody that really stands out in my opinion.

Defend Our "D"!

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Derek over at The Copper & Blue is asking if Columbus' defense is worse than Colorado. Take a look at the article (it's a good read), and vote!

Are the Blue Jackets a Playoff Contender in 2011-2012?

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An expansion team that started playing NHL hockey in Ohio at the turn of the millennium, the Blue Jackets have only qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs one time, during the 2008-09 season, and were swept in four games by the Detroit Red Wings...

Are the Columbus Blue Jackets a Playoff Team in 2011-12?

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Since finishing the regular season 7th in the Western Conference in2008-09, the Blue Jackets haven’t had much success at all, finishing 14th and 13th in the West the past two seasons respectively. Will Blue Jackets fans see much of the same in 2011-12 though? The Blue Jackets were relatively busy this offseason and made several changes to their lineup from last season, but whether or not these changes will make the Blue Jackets a playoff team remains to be seen.

Jets Headed to Central Division In 2012

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This comes as a bit of bad news. The report claims that the Blue Jackets are to remain in the Central division, while the Red Wings would be the team to realign to the East.

Some Lighthouse Hockey Background on Martinek

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We liked him all right! Gread hardworking guy, but kind of breakable. BTN Islander defensive metric linked in post. Enjoy!

Grudgingly Accepting the Wisniewski Deal

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While the Wisniewski deal looked like a massive overpay at first, it's not nearly so bad once one delves into his track record over the last two seasons.

Brassard Takes Part in Gatorade Training

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Pretty cool- check out Brass taking part in the Gatorade Training series over at ESPN.