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Your 2012 National Hockey Lockout Thread

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Addendum to the Nash deal: Per @TSNBobMcKenzie, also going to NYR with Nash are a conditional third-round draft pick (goes back to CBJ if NYR make the Cup final) and minor leaguer Steve Delisle.

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Good deal for Columbus. Dubinsky is a nice player to have. If we have a season, which I suspect that we will not, I wonder how losing the franchise player will affect attendance.

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I was somewhat surprised by how the fans turned out for last year's god-awful last place team. Perhaps they've managed to build a loyal core despite their terrible terrible terrible history. Though, a second lockout in this team's 12 year history would definitely turn some people off.

At this point, the team had to move on from Rick Nash in order to do anything to move out of the rut that trying to build a team around him put them in. I don't like the guys they're moving on with. I'm glad it's over.

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Stoked about the deal as a Rangers fan. The purchase price turned out to be a lot lower than it was at the trade deadline, and I think they're getting a steal here.

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Predict the Jackets win total for next season: Over/Under 30.

Also, I'm sure the Red Wings fans are happy that they didn't trade for Nash.

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I'm a Jackets fan, and I'm saying under.

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Under. Their offense isn't good enough, and the defense won't scare anybody. The goalies will be a wild card, but the Jackets overall are just a team that's bad.

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It's almost impossible not to win 30 games in the chase-for-mediocrity era. It took Columbus being spectacularly bad to start the season for them to finish where they did. I'll say 30 on the nose.

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31. They'll take big bodied forward at number 5. That pick will be a disappointment at the NHL level.

By the way, here's a picture of my dad with a 20 year old Rick Nash.

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So much promise back then in both the team and Nash himself. The story is that my dad was an employee at WBNS, they needed extras for a PSA about reading, and he was one of ten people in the company who could skate.

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Decent trade considering the complete lack of leverage CBJ had. Will be interesting to see if Nash is actually better than his stats indicate now that he'll have better players to play with.

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Over 35 for Columbus I'm saying it right now. The streak of 3-2 losses at the beginning of the year last year completely deflated the team, and I'm betting that won't happen this time around. The offense will mesh too. We won't be a scoring machine, but we'll grind out a lot of games I think. I really like our defensive corps (especially how young they are), and the new acquisitions will pan out. Umberger's always a 20 goal guy, and I'm expecting a very good year from Cam Atkinson. Johansen has settled in. Though I think a lot of the offense rides on whether or not Brassard can finally live up to the high pick. Also, I'm iffy on Bob, but he did pretty okay with a Philly squad whose defense at times looked pretty awful.

I also believe in Todd Richards.

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I like Scott Howson.

*swears not to draft Russians in Russian-heavy draft*

*trades for Artem Anisimov*

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I'd say that Columbus has a good shot to win around 30 games. Really, all depends on who they have in net.

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I like Scott Howson.

*swears not to draft Russians in Russian-heavy draft*

*trades for Artem Anisimov*

Anisimov is pretty different from most Russians though. He played 2 full seasons in the AHL, which is a sign that he's pretty committed to playing in North America. Most Russians would throw a giant tantrum if they had to play 1 game in the A.

Being Russian isn't the problem, it's just that a lot of Eastern European hockey players aren't committed to playing in North America when they can get more money and play close to home in the KHL.

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On the bright side of this trade, Artem Anisimov faces the Lightning and Mathieu Garon less now, being in the opposite conference, so fewer chances for him to piss off the entire Lightning organization with laser shots with his stick.

I mean, at least the Lightning players didn't overreact, right?

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Would Alex Semin sign with Columbus? Probably not, but I think they should at least give it a shot. They could promise him captaincy and a marketing bonanza introducing him to the state of Ohio. Would at least make CBJ immediately relevant again. I would watch.

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Would Alex Semin sign with Columbus?

No, he said he wanted to play for an NHL team.

Plus, there are rumors circulating that Carolina is interested in signing him, but only to a short-term deal.

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