Blue Jackets win nets over $10,000 for charity thanks to fans’ “Money on the Board” effort

Last night, the Blue Jackets were able to snap a five-game losing streak after beating the Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout. The fans were able to celebrate at home for the first time in a while and there was a little bit more on the line for their efforts. While the Jackets were able to gain a little ground in the standings, their efforts to do something good for the community were rewarded in a big way.

Blue Jackets fan Tyler Schweinfurth was getting tired of seeing his team go through yet another January swoon and headed to Twitter to proclaim he’d put $20 “on the board” to charity if the team could snap their losing streak at home against the rival Red Wings. With the Internet being a powerful tool, other Jackets fans quickly jumped on board and soon enough the local media got wind of it and spread the word even more.

While this sort of money raising is a no-no in NHL clubhouses (just ask Leafs coach Ron Wilson about that) having fans do this for charity is more than OK and they pooled together $5,237 for last night’s game. If the Jackets won, the money would go to the Blue Jackets Foundation, if they lost it would go to a hunger shelter. What the fans may not have known is that the team took notice of their efforts in a big way and used it as motivation for the game.

After Antoine Vermette sealed the shootout win, the Blue Jackets had some surprise news for the “Money on the Board” efforts as Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch shares.

Alternate captain R.J. Umberger said the players were matching the fans’ sum and donating their portion to the Blue Jackets’ foundation.

“Their passion to win, especially against Detroit, is strong,” Umberger said. “We appreciated what they did for us and we’re going to do the same and let a charity enjoy it.

Not a bad night of hockey for the fans in Columbus to end up raising over $10,000 for charity. For all that’s been said about the hockey market in Columbus and how rough it’s been for the fans there since the team’s inception, this one moment is one hell of a way to put yourselves on the map.

For Tyler Schweinfurth and the rest of the dedicated Blue Jackets (and even some Red Wings) fans who took part in this impromptu community service means of motivation, bravo. When people get upset and jaded about how out of touch many professional athletes and teams seem to be, a moment like this out of the blue is truly an amazing thing to see.

Video: Crosby to Dan Patrick – Subban fight ‘wasn’t as bad as it looked’

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Listerine, the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, and a growing rivalry. Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban battled it out at the highest level not so long ago, but some of that action looked worse than it actually was.

At least, that’s the message Crosby sent on “The Dan Patrick Show,” as you can enjoy in the clip above.

As a bonus, Crosby also discussed his favorite Stanley Cup traditions – hey, there can be traditions when something happens three times – and how Mario Lemieux inspires some especially creative ideas:

Rebuild on hold? Red Wings reportedly eye Girardi, Hainsey, Daley

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For the first time in ages, the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs. To some, the sliver lining was that this might send a message to management to truly commit to a rebuild.

Perhaps GM Ken Holland & Co. aren’t quite ready for that.

Look, one or even a couple of potential free agent signings won’t disqualify the Red Wings from going younger. Still, the rumored defensemen they’re targeting aren’t exactly spring chickens.

Three names floating out there are Trevor Daley, Dan Girardi, and Ron Hainsey.

Daley was mentioned by The Athletic’s Craig Custance, MLive.com’s Ansar Khan, and the Detroit Free-Press’ Helene St. James. Khan and Custance both mention Hainsey and Girardi, too.

Even in one-case mentions, the “veteran” theme continues, with Brian Campbell‘s name coming up while forward Thomas Vanek seems like at least a remote possibility to return to Detroit.

Let’s look at the ages of the defensemen mentioned, noting that Daley is older than some might have expected.

Daley – 33
Girardi – 33
Hainsey – 36
Campbell – 38

In the case of Daley and Girardi, you could also argue that each blueliner also has a lot of “mileage” for their age. Girardi, in particular, plays the sort of grinding, shot-blocking style that might have accelerated his troubles with the Rangers.

As great as experience might be, even for a “final push,” this sends a troubling signal. In Mike Green (31), Jonathan Ericsson (33), and Niklas Kronwall (36), the Red Wings already have an aging group of defensemen. Kronwall and Ericsson are dealing with injuries that may hinder them for the remainder of their careers, too.

When you also note that Holland exposed 25-year-old goalie Petr Mrazek instead of 33-year-old Jimmy Howard, the picture isn’t especially pretty.

Maybe the Red Wings can have their cake (push for a playoff rebound) and eat it too (start to transition to youth), yet it’s not necessarily the aggressive move toward a rebuild that many likely hoped to see.

At least there’s time for Holland to prove these early worries wrong.

Note: In other Red Wings news, the team signed Ben Street to a one-year extension.

Blue Jackets sign Schroeder after trading for him

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Not long after acquiring him in a minor trade from the Minnesota Wild, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed Jordan Schroeder to a two-year contract.

The team confirms that it is a two-way deal for 2017-18 and then becomes one-way in 2018-19.

Schroeder is guaranteed $350K for the first year of that contract and then $650K in 2018-19, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

The 22nd pick of the 2009 NHL Draft receives a fitting contract: he’s been a “tweener,” bouncing around the NHL and AHL. He hasn’t been able to make much of an impact, Schroeder at least provides some organizational depth.

That could come in handy, as Portzline indicates that Sam Gagner – not so surprisingly – is expected to garner a lot more attention this time around in free agency. Perhaps Schroeder could serve as insurance for Gagner?

NCAA star Spencer Foo chooses the Flames

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NCAA standout forward Spencer Foo decided to sign with the Calgary Flames, as The Sports Corporation and team confirmed. The signing might not be official until free agency kicks off on Saturday, July 1, but he apparently made his decision.

After managing 25 points in each of his first two seasons with Union College, Foo exploded in 2016-17, racking up 26 goals and 62 points. You can see some of his highlights in the video above.

He didn’t go drafted, so this could be a case of another scorer blossoming late.

Foo is an Edmonton native, so playing close to home in Calgary likely factored into his decision. He was connected to the Edmonton Oilers in earlier rumors while MLive.com’s Ansar Khan indicates that his final choice came down to the Flames or the Detroit Red Wings.

Calgary is already classifying him as a RW. Perhaps he’ll be that long-desired fit for Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan? There’s another positive aspect for the Flames, as this might help to soften the blow of giving up a bundle of assets in the Travis Hamonic deal.

The Sports Corporation tweeted out a photo of Foo, 23, in a Flames jersey: