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Matt Wagner

  • joined Mar 09, 2009
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A die-hard fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets, amateur BBQer, and professional IT Jack of All Trades. Born and raised in Columbus, OH, I didn't really discover hockey until the Columbus Chill came to town in the 1980s/90s, and my love of the sport was fairly casual until I went to college and shared a dorm room with a Leafs fan. After being converted into a hockey fan through heavy osmosis, once I returned to my hometown in time for the 2002-2003 season to check out the Blue Jackets, the (often tragic) love affair began in full force!

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The Cannon contributes to Puck Daddy's League of Nations!

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We were asked to contribute to Puck Daddy's "NHL League of Nations" project this summer, so we put our heads together to provide what we think were some good choices for the Blue Jackets. Take a look, talk amongst yourselves, and enjoy the discussion!

What can numbers teach us about the Blue Jackets?

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Since we just talked about one resource for NHL stats and analysis, I’ve been keeping an eye out to see if anything else of interest for Jackets fans might show up on the radar. Here are a few...

Review: Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract

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Want a good resource for advanced hockey statistics? Curious about who is REALLY the best player? Or maybe you just want to know what the worst trade in NHL history was? This is the book for you.

Four Jackets Named to Team Russia's Prelim. Roster

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While we won't know the exact shape of the Russian Olympic team for a few more months, the Jackets have a healthy representation on the preliminary roster announced today.

Offseason Musings: The Captaincy

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Since we're in a bit of a dead zone between the announcement of the schedule and the start of the Traverse City tournament, it's as good a time as any to speculate about who might wear the "C" next...

Vinny & The CBJ: A Blogger's Guide to Divorce

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As the NHL's offseason continues, it's become more and more obvious that the club has decided to move on without veteran winger and dressing room leader Vinny Prospal. Today, we take a look at what...

2013 NHL Offseason: Clearing The Impending Log Jam

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The Blue Jackets have assembled a strong roster, but there's still room for improvement - and critically, the team has cap space to play with....but where would any new pieces fit into the lineup?

2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile 39: Nicolas Petan

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One of the top scorers for a loaded Portland club, we take a look of Nicholas Petan for one of our final 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profiles!

2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #38:Josh Morrissey

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We take a look at all around threat Josh Morrissey from the Prince Albert Raiders, an offensive threat who could become a reliable blueliner in all situations if he can add some physicality to his...

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #36 - Tristan Jarry

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A goaltender who has quietly improved his game as the backup to one of the WHL's top clubs, Tristan Jarry is likely to go early in the second round, and could be an option for the Blue Jackets to...

CannonFest IV: The Return of the Fest

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It's back! It's Big! It's Officially a Thing....and it's in an all new location!

2013 Draft Prospect Profile #20: Curtis Lazar

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Our next DPP takes a look at physical, two way C Curtis Lazar of the Edmonton Oil Kings, a top WHL prospect with a promising NHL skill set.

Sergei Bobrovsky Wins Vezina Trophy

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The Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky has won the Vezina trophy for the 2012-2013 NHL season. He is the first goaltender in Blue Jackets history to receive the honor, and first Russian born goaltender...

2013 Draft Prospect Profile #16: Anthony Mantha

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While some feel he could be a one-year wonder, there's a lot of potential in this Val d'Or forward, and the Blue Jackets could decide it's worth taking a shot on this power forward prospect.

2013 Draft Prospect Profile #15: Bo Horvat

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Our next 2013 Draft Prospect Profile takes a look at 2 way center Bo Horvat, another member of the stacked London Knights' club.

Draft Prospect Profile #9 - Rasmus Ristolainen

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One of the hardest spelling names in this year's NHL draft class, this Finnish defenseman has been playing for TPS over in the Finnish SM-Liiga, and is considered one of the top blueliners in the...

George Matthews Steps Away

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The Blue Jackets long time Play by Play man has decided it's time to step back and return home to Prince Edward Island, after 13 years and calling over 1,000 NHL games here in Columbus.

2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #7: Darnell Nurse

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Our next Draft Prospect Profile takes a look at Darnell Nurse of the Soo Greyhounds, possibly one of the best "pure" D-men to appear in this year's draft class.

Jackets Sign McElhinney to a 1 Year Deal

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It wasn't the set of goalie deals fans were hoping to hear about today, but they're certainly important. The team has signed C-Mac to a 1 year, 1 way deal, then finalized prospect Anton Forsberg's...

2013 Draft Prospect Profile #4: Aleksandr Barkov

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For our next 2013 Draft Prospect, we look at Finnish star Aleksandr Barkov, playing for Tappara of the Finnish SM-Liiga

Is Ryan Johansen Going To Be A Problem?

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After blooming in the second half of the NHL season, Ryan Johansen seems to have stepped back into his shell when he returned to Springfield for the Falcons' playoff run. Was it simply fatigue, or...

2013 NHL Playoffs: The Game 7 Debate

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As the Rangers and Capitals get ready to square off for the right to advance, here's a question: Do Blue Jackets fans root for their draft pick, or the players they've grown to love?

Blue Jackets 2013 Fan MVP voting starts today!

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The Jackets are letting fans vote for the 2013 MVP, and the slate of candidates is interesting. While I have to admit my heart belongs to BOB, the other candidates (Mark Letestu, Vinny Prospal, and Fedor Tyutin) all have some pretty solid credentials. As usual, the club is also offering prizes to fans who vote, and will be announcing the winner later this summer. Vote now! Vote Often!

Should We Be Worried About Gaborik's Groin?

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After Aaron Portzline reported that Marian Gaborik will be having surgery to repair an "abdominal injury", should we be concerned about the long term effect on the club's newest star?

2013 NHL Draft: Jackets Will Pick 14th

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The Jackets faced long odds to move up to the first pick overall, and not surprisingly, they were unable to capture the top selection.

Making the Case - Bob for Vezina

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Though a lot of Columbus fans would say that Sergei Bobrovsky is the clear Vezina winner, it's still not a done deal. The Blue Jackets own Rob Mixer put together a great case for why "Bob" is worthy, and it looks like the team is trying to get fans behind the campaign on social media to help infuence the voters before this summer's NHL awards.

Game 48 Recap: Heads Held High

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With everything on the line, the Blue Jackets needed a win just for the possibility of the playoffs, and put everything they had on the ice against the Nashville Predators for an incredible 3-1 win.

Marching Orders - 4/27/13

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The Jackets got the help they needed from Edmonton, and now everything comes down to the final game of the regular season.

Marching Orders - 4/26/13

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One game to watch tonight. The Believe Train Haven't Brakes!

Marching Orders - 4/25/13

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The road to the playoffs got a lot steeper after the Kings failed to take care of the Red Wings, but there are still some options open. Here's what the Jackets need to keep hope alive.

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