November 24-30 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 01, 2014
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Greetings all and happy holidays! Starting off in Springfield as we usual we do those Falcons just keep rolling along. Beginning last Wednesday in Lehigh Valley, it was an all-AHL contract goal scoring party with Mike Hoeffel, Trent Vogelhuber, and Jamie Sifers scoring for the Falcons before Steven Delisle would put an end to Anton Forsberg’s shutout (no seriously). In the 3-2 victory Anton stopped 23 of 25.

Friday night it was off to Worchester for a game with the Sharks. Mathieu Gagnon opened the scoring before the Sharks scored two (with Anton Forsberg doing his Marc-Andre Fleury impression on the second). Marko Dano tied the game 37 seconds after the Sharks second goal when he gathered a loose puck and snapped a shot over the Sharks’ goalie’s shoulder to make it 2-2. Nathan Oystrick scored the game winner when TJ Tynan started a rush and then sent a pass to Oystrick for his first with the Falcons. Anton Forsberg stopped 33 of 35 in the Birds eighth straight win.

To close out the week, the baby birds welcomed Alexander Wennberg who was sent down from the Jackets. Another new face, the newly signed (by the Falcons) Corey Cowick opened the scoring before two thirds of the Jackets 2013 1st round (Wennberg and Dano) would get together to set up Dominic Monardo for his sixth of the season. Later in the period, Sean Collins scored his team leading ninth goal of the year. A minute later Monardo struck again to make it 4-0. Colin Miller spoiled Anton Forsberg’s shutout late in the second but the goaltender made 21 saves in the franchise record tying win. Here are postgame comments from Coach Jared Bednar, and Alexander Wennberg after the game.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ NSH

Posted by Brett Ireland on November 30, 2014
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6 wins, 15 losses, and 2 loser points. Those numbers are almost unfeasible to think of. These last two games, the Blue Jackets have played better hockey. The glimmers…the sparks of the Jackets of yesteryear shine through every now and then and let you remember why you keep watching, soul crushing loss after soul crushing loss. They played hard tonight; but as we’ve seen now seemingly countless times this season playing hard just isn’t enough.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: VAN @ CBJ

Posted by AlisonL on November 28, 2014
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Well. The Jackets fell 5-0 at home on Black Friday to the Vancouver Canucks. It was a weird game. If you’re a possession stat person, the Jackets played well and competitively on paper. Take a look at this shot chart:

Per 3-WoI-VAN

If you compare this to recent Jacket games, it’s the best the CBJ have done in hanging with an opponent and staying equal or better in offensive output – especially through the first two periods. But as Nick Foligno said in post-game interviews, the team doesn’t seem to have the confidence to survive getting scored against, and the goals against rained down in the third.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: WPG @ CBJ

Posted by Brett Ireland on November 26, 2014
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I didn’t watch the Blue Jackets game tonight. I doubt I can even stomach the box score. The Jackets gave up a goal in the first nine effing seconds and then managed to get it back with a powerplay goal. They took a period off for what seems like the 20th game in a row and lost 4-2. The L’s are piling up faster than Lori Schmidt questions at a Scott Arniel press conference. I said give them 10 games and the Jackets look like taking the rescue line of optimism and strangling themselves with it. Continue reading…

November 17-23 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 25, 2014
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Hello all! Time again for the CBJ prospect week in review!

Starting off in Springfield as we usually do the Falcons faced off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the first time since their brawl filled game last week. Kerby Rychel opened the scoring 1:27 into the game with Dana Tyrell and Michael Chaput assisting (remember this trio you’ll be hearing this a lot tonight). Later in the first, Sean Collins scored his second penalty shot goal in a row giving him six on the year. Two minutes later, Rychel, Chaput and Tyrell struck again and gave the Birds a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission. After a Sound Tigers goal in the second, Michael Chaput scored on the power play early in the third. Then, Lukas Sedlak scored a few minutes later to give the Falcons a 5-1 lead before Ryan Pulock would do what he does best – scoring on the power play making it 5-2. Anton Forsberg made 23 saves for his fourth win of the season.

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Thoughts on the financial risks athletes face

Posted by Staff on November 23, 2014
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Last week, a story broke sharing the unfortunate details of Jack Johnson’s financial situation. Often, it’s easy for people to perceive athletes as invincible and when something like this happens there are often a variety of opinions ranging from great empathy to malaise to condemnation. In an effort to take a deeper look at the financial risks that professional athletes face, we spoke to a local fee-only financial planner. This planner has no direct knowledge of Jack Johnson’s situation but has worked with professional athletes from a variety of sports. As a fee-only planner, this individual has focused their practice on providing objective advice on all aspects of a client’s financial health including income planning, net worth planning, investment planning, business planning, insurance, retirement, dependent planning and estate planning. This planner is not associated with any financial institution and does not sell any products or receive commissions.

The team at Union Blue submitted a list of questions that hopefully will share deeper insight on not only the Jack Johnson situation but also on the challenges that all athletes who come into great amounts of money face.

***Please note that this content represents one adviser’s opinion. This article in no way presumes to know the specifics of Jack Johnson’s situation or play of action and should not be considered as such. The content herein is NOT financial advice and should not be construed as such***

1. How common is it for athletes to find themselves in a situation where someone is trying to take advantage of them financially?

Unfortunately it is very common.  Their contracts are very public information and that makes them an immediate target, as there are plenty of people out willing to sell them a bad deal to make a quick buck for themselves.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ PHI

Posted by Brett Ireland on November 23, 2014
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The Blue Jackets arrived in Philadelphia with freshly activated forwards Boone Jenner, Matt Calvert and Jack Skille and a teaspoon of momentum carrying them after succumbing to the Boston Bruins in an extended round shootout the night before. The Philadelphia Flyers had come in losing their last 4 in a row. Both teams, naturally, desperately needed the pick-me-up of a win against a divisional rival…and the Flyers managed to get it without much fight from the CBJ.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: BOS @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on November 22, 2014
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Ah, the 1 point game. Depending on how you feel this is a glass half full or glass half empty scenario. The problem is the Blue Jackets are parched for points at the moment and anything less than 2 points has to be considered a let down. The CBJ played what may have been 20 of their best minutes of hockey to open the game which was a welcome sight after so many slow starts as of late. While I don’t think anyone was surprised by the shot in the arm that the return of Skille and Calvert seemed to give the team, I was very happy with the newest members of our defensive corps in Jordan Leopold and Kevin Connauton. While it was disappointing to watch a 2 goal lead evaporate after a goal that Bobrovsky will be having nightmares about for months to come, seeing the team rally and tie it to force OT gave the fans in attendance something to cheer about. Now for tonight’s threes stars:

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: DET @ CBJ

Posted by Brett Ireland on November 19, 2014
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The Blue Jackets fans were riding as high a high they could have Tuesday night when the club took on the Detroit Red Wings. The Jackets have been dominant against their rivals from up north the last few years, and the Jackets  seemed rejuvenated after breaking their losing streak and taking 4 points against the Flyers and Sharks. The excitement didn’t last long, however. After a goal midway through the 1st period the Red Wings pulled ahead and never looked back.  Continue reading…

November 10-16 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 17, 2014
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Another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects is over folks so let’s get to it. Starting off on Tuesday in Springfield, the Falcons fell by a score of 4-2 to Worcester with Sean Collins and Ryan Craig scoring the team’s goals. Oscar Dansk made 20 saves in the loss. On Friday night against Providence, the Falcons bounced back with a 4-3 victory. Ryan Craig and Austin Madaisky were the only CBJ signed players to score and Madaisky added an assist. Scott Munroe made 31 saves in the win.

On Saturday it was time for a rematch against Worcester and the Falcons earned a 1-0 win on Sean Collins’ second period penalty shot. In the victory, Anton Forsberg stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first North American shutout. To close out the weekend it was old time hockey with over 200 penalty minutes being handed out. In terms of the actual hockey being played, the Falcons were trailing 1-0 when Thomas Larkin opened the scoring with his third of the season. Lukas Sedlak and Dana Tyrell scored in the second to give the Falcons a lead before allowing two goals in the third to tie it. Three minutes after evening the score, Kerby Rychel struck  on the power play for his fourth of the season. 46 seconds later Tyrell scored an empty net goal to clinch the victory. After that is when all hell broke loose as 172 (if my math is right) of the games penalty minutes were handed out starting with Josh Anderson getting into a fight and that was followed by a line brawl. In the win Anton Forsberg made 28 saves.

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