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Mixer's Mailbag: Offseason Vol. 3

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

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

Kelly @Poignantmirth
Any chance CBJ keeps "Crazy Ones" as an intro song? I love it!

Thanks for the question, Kelly. It seems like game operations and event presentation is a hot topic early in the offseason, and I’m fine with that because it gives me another reason to bug Derek Dawley.

I don’t think there’s much of a chance that “Crazy Ones” returns for a second season. Dawley and his team like to change up the song for the new season, bring a new feel, etc. They have consulted with the head coach in the past, but this year, they plan to speak to the captain and see if he has any thoughts on what the song should be. Everyone’s got ideas, right?

Pat Bizzaro @patBuzzy
CBJ have named a captain. Why wait until start of season to reveal who it is?

You are correct, Pat, in that the team has decided on its next captain (John Davidson confirmed as much to Business First last week). No one has said publicly that the team is waiting until the start of the season to reveal the captain’s identity. They could announce it at any time.

Nate Beougher @NateBooger
How many healthy scratches can a team have? Could you breakdown how CBJ would be faring in this year's playoffs so far?

A team can make healthy scratches of as many players as it wants on its active, 23-man roster. That being said, you obviously want to make sure you have enough players to fill a lineup (12 forwards + six defensemen + two goalies = 20) so you won’t see teams have more than three healthy scratches on any given night. Even that number is high.

As far as the Blue Jackets and how they would fare in the playoffs, it’s obviously quite hypothetical – but I look at a few things, among them: a) goaltending b) depth and c) how you were playing going into the playoffs.

For example: the St. Louis Blues limped into the playoffs and weren’t playing well at the end of the regular season. To me, it wasn’t a huge surprise that they exited early because they didn’t seem to have a whole lot of confidence in their game, and we saw some of that in their first-round loss to Minnesota. Also, they didn’t get great goaltending.

Anaheim had been playing well, the Rangers had just won the Presidents’ Trophy, Tampa was on a strong run in late March/early April, too…so a lot of things come into play.

On the other hand, you have some exceptions like the Ottawa Senators, who gave pretty much everything they had just to get in (one of the more remarkable runs in recent memory) and came up short against Montreal in the opening round.

Sooooooooo back to the Blue Jackets.

Sergei Bobrovsky was playing some of his best hockey of the season, Todd Richards was rolling four lines that played a fast, aggressive style, and they would have entered the tournament on the best run of any team in the league, with Ottawa right up there. Would that have transferred to tangible success (i.e. series wins) in the playoffs? That’s impossible to tell, but I think they would have been a really tough out.

That’s a very long answer – the longest in CBJ Mailbag history – but you asked two questions and the second one made me think so I typed a lot and I hope I answered both questions.

Berto @Yank2784
Which current AHLers should Clevelanders be expecting to flourish next year as members of the @monstershockey?

We’ll see how training camp goes here in Columbus, but the Springfield Falcons had a solid team that was (stop me if you’ve heard this before) decimated by injuries to key players, and in turn, recalls to Columbus as the Blue Jackets were hit hard by injuries.

Players like Ryan Craig, Sean Collins, Trent Vogelhuber, TJ Tynan, Luke Adam…there’s a long list of players (many who I didn't list) who have contributed to a great three-year run of success in Springfield. That team won 92 regular season games over a two-season span and won two division titles, so the Monsters will have a strong base to work with – and there’s a good chance you’ll also see some extremely talented young players this fall.

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