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Mixer's Mailbag: On scoring goals, the CBA & more

Rob Mixer tackles fans' Twitter questions in the latest edition

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer /

Once per week during the season, Rob Mixer of solicits fan questions on Twitter and answers them in his web mailbag.

Have a question you want answered? Send them to @RobMixer on Twitter.

Harry Bruno (@bigpappadaddy)


Is there a length of time Campbell is suspended before he can come off the cap or is that not possible?


Simply put, Harry: Gregory Campbell is suspended without pay by the Blue Jackets. Therefore, as he is not being paid, his salary does not count against the team's cap for as long as he is suspended.

This is Article 50.10 (c) of the CBA:

"For Players that are suspended, either by a Club or by the League, the Player Salary and Bonuses that are not paid to such Players shall not count against a Club's Upper Limit or against the Players' Share for the duration of the suspension, but the Club must have Payroll Room for such Player's Player Salary and Bonuses in order for such Player to be able to return to Play for the Club."

CBJ G.O.A.T. (@cbj_goat)

Torts has said he will let the horses run wild on offense. Do you think we need more structure offensively to succeed?

Not necessarily. I think they need better execution. If you look back at their first two games, a few plays jump out that could have changed the outcome of either game, but for any number of reasons, those opportunities weren't cashed in. There were semi-breakaways, 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s…either pucks bounced, were shot wide, passes not connected, the Blue Jackets just weren't crisp and it's hard to score goals when you're not bearing down on chances.

The way Tortorella wants the team to play is pretty simple: utilize your smarts and make good reads to get the puck up the ice and create out-numbered situations whenever possible. That means the defense always has the green light to jump into the play or look to make a play. That means the forwards can exercise creativity in the offensive zone. The only condition is that doing so should not compromise your play away from the puck.

There were plenty of good moments and sequences in the first two games. I'm encouraged by a lot of the things I saw in the offensive zone and how they used speed and skill from both positions to generate chances. Finish one or two more and per game and they'll be alright.

Mike MacLean (@mjmaclean)

Is Oscar Dansk's contract included in the 50 limit? Or does the loan make it exempt from the rule?

Yes, Dansk's contract does count against the Blue Jackets' 50-contract limit, even though he is (as you mentioned) currently on loan to Rogle BK in the Swedish Hockey League. It's unclear right now what his long-term plans are, but Dansk won 12 games and had two shutouts with Rogle last season.

Codi (@ChefCodiGOAT)

Do the Jackets have the best rookies in hockey? Nutivaara, Werenski, Bjorkstrand, Anderson…I like their chances with the Calder (Trophy).

This is absolutely the year of the young superstar in the NHL. We're only two weeks into the regular season and we've seen hat trick performances from the top two picks in this year's draft - Auston Matthews of Toronto (his four-goal effort on opening night against Ottawa was one for the ages) and Winnipeg's Patrik Laine. Laine's hat trick came last night in overtime against Matthews and the Leafs, capping a comeback from 4-0 down.

Right now, it looks as though it will be difficult to bet against either Matthews or Laine for the Calder Trophy, but I would not be surprised if Werenski sneaks his way into the conversation. His first two NHL games have proven that he's fearless and confident on the ice and can handle a large role, and I expect to see his role continue to grow and evolve in the weeks and months ahead.

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