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Mixer's Mailbag: Offseason Vol. 15

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

Thanks to all who submitted questions for the offseason's 15th #CBJ mailbag. Hopefully, we'll get together every Thursday/Friday and I'll answer your questions, so send them to @RobMixer anytime.

E. (@Atlas_Lied)
Any news on our alternates this season?

I assume you mean one of two things: either the alternate captains, or the alternate jerseys.

BONUS ANSWERS!

First, on the alternate captain front: the Blue Jackets are expected to have multiple alternate captains that will be announced at some point during training camp. I'm not yet sure whether there will be a set group of alternates or whether there will be 'home' and 'away' captains, but we'll find out soon enough because (gasp!) training camp starts in three weeks.

And there are plenty of strong candidates to wear 'A's this season for the Blue Jackets.

Next, the alternate jersey. It's back for a sixth season in 2015-16.

NHL rules state that clubs must wear their official alternate sweaters at least 12 (and no more than 15) times throughout the regular season, so I'm comfortable telling you that the Blue Jackets have at least 12 dates submitted for approval. That approval is forthcoming from the league, and once it's official, you'll see an announcement from the team.

Élise Robillard (@eliserobillard)
Where do you eat the best poutine in Columbus, Rob?

Unfortunately, some of best poutine options in Columbus have vanished in the last few years. Bodega in the Short North had a ridiculous breakfast poutine with sausage gravy and a fried egg that words can't aptly describe. Miss you

I'm all about three right now: The Chintz Room, Tatoheads food truck, and The Pearl. Each is markedly different but offers something different that makes them all, uh, different.

I've not perfected this food blogging thing yet, but we'll get there.

Chris Lund (@chrisjlund)
Which three NHL team twitter personalities would you want to be trapped in an elevator with?

If I consider what's needed to both survive and escape elevator entrapment, I think of: someone to keep the mood light, someone to negotiate with authorities or another outlet to come save us, and someone to just be the third person I'm trapped with.

"The funny one" would have to be Alex Cerda from Dallas. He's funny. That's the best way to describe him.

"The negotiator" would be Samantha Wood from the Flyers. She's from Philly, and generally does things her own way because she's from Philly. Caity Kauffman's not invited because a) she's no longer with the Lightning and b) she'd probably have her cats with her and I don't like cats.

"The third person" would probably be my #CBJ partner Andrew Schwepfinger. We're a pretty good team and I think we could figure it out. Plus, I'd need someone to make erroneous 'Happy Gilmore' references to pass the time, which is right in Andy's wheelhouse.

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