FN Weekend Open Thread - Woulda Shoulda Coulda

Kent Wilson
August 25 2012 09:58AM



Although we're all still waiting for Shane Doan to make up his damn mind and there are suggestions Roberto Luongo will maybe, sorta, kinda be traded, the 2012 summer free agency period is pretty much over. A few more signings will likely trickle in as the season's start approaches (whenever that will be), but the big boys are all spoken for at this point.

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On Rebuilding, Part 7: The Columbus Blue Jackets

Jonathan Willis
August 24 2012 01:29PM

Former captain Rick Nash (5of7/Wikimedia Commons)

Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris' series on rebuilds continues with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Script

  • The Blue Jackets have been rebuilding since the day they joined the league and are an example of how drafting in the top ten is a crapshoot.
  • They have never shown that building through the draft is a reasonable strategy.
  • The Blue Jackets are the perfect counter-point to the Penguins, for every successful rebuild like the Blackhawks and Penguins I can point to the Isles and Blue Jackets.

I think these are all reasonable approximations of the many statements recently surrounding the build-turned-rebuild in Columbus. So how do they stack up against the history of the organization?

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Another FN Photoshop Contest - The Kids are Alright

Kent Wilson
August 24 2012 10:48AM



The summer is winding down just as the CBA talks are winding up. No one knows when the very rich owners and the merely rich players will finally agree on how to split a $3.3 billion pot. The NHL's white collar slap fight may go on for a few weeks, a few months, or, god forbid, the rest of the year.

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2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Roman Cervenka

Kent Wilson
August 23 2012 10:28AM



The Calgary Flames have a few question marks on the roster heading into the new season, but none bigger than 26-year old winger/center Roman Cervenka. The Czech born KHL sniper has spent his entire career on the other side of the pond and has therefore never tested himself against the North American game. His better than average numbers in the second toughest league in the world are encouraging, but it remains to be seen if he can translate that production against the bigger players on the smaller ice surface in the NHL.

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Five things: Worrying stuff

Ryan Lambert
August 22 2012 09:29AM

1. Kent's Iginla stats

Boy if that wasn't the most depressing thing you just about ever read in your life, right?

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