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California love, Elvis in Vegas
The Columbus Blue Jackets are loving 2020, grabbing three wins on a West Coast road trip and putting themselves back in the playoff conversation. We talk about what the CBJ's winning ways and the strong play of goaltender Elvis Merzlikins. We also touch on what the team should do about the players coming back off injury and if we think postseason play could be in the cards. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31 min
Special guest Alison Lukan
We're kicking 2020 off with a bang, talking with The Athletic's Alison Lukan! It's a bonus-sized episode talking to Alison about her work exploring advanced analytics and the Columbus Blue Jackets. We discuss getting into #fancystats, which Blue Jacket does more than the numbers say, Elvis talking to the media and more. You can find Alison on Twitter (@alisonL) and read her work at The Athletic. Join our conversation about this episode and more at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
48 min
Running down the final seconds of 2019
We're ready to put 2019 behind us, but some big developments for the Columbus Blue Jackets over the weekend have the end of this year under further review. We're talking about John Tortorella's outburst following a colossal officiating blunder as well as the loss of (All-Star) Joonas Korpisalo. Will Elvis be ready? We also talk about Seth Jones joining Korpi for the All-Star game, Sergei Bobrovsky's return to Nationwide and a lot more. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
46 min
Walking in a win-ter wonderland
The Columbus Blue Jackets have delivered on holiday wishes a little early, putting together a sizable winning streak while missing a talented chunk of their roster. We talk about the streak and how they're doing it despite some key injuries—or is it because of them? We also talk about Zach Werenski, the team's Elvis Merzlikins problem and going shopping during the holidays. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30 min
What does John Tortorella owe us?
Well, we did it again. We recorded another episode of The Cannon Cast on a Monday night while the Columbus Blue Jackets played the Washington Capitals, and guess what? The Blue Jackets won. We talk about how injuries have forced the inconsistent CBJ to see what the youngsters can offer, and maybe that's a good thing? We also discuss John Tortorella's media prickliness and what he owes the media and us, the fans. Plus, we talk a little about the last week up in Cleveland. Join the conversation at! We also talked about "Between Two Goals," which you can find on the Cleveland Monsters' Twitter account. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
40 min
The Jekyll and Hyde Blue Jackets
We find the Columbus Blue Jackets limping into the week, and it turns out that talking about all their foibles while they play a game just might be what cures them. We recap our visits to see the Blue Jackets face the Rangers and the Panthers, before discussing what's missing with the forward group. We dive into some numbers, try to put our fingers on the inconsistency issues and look ahead to this week. We also talk about television, because of course. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
41 min
Goose over Penguins, Werenski's injury, ice tim...
Thanksgiving is over and we're talking about the Columbus Blue Jackets' precarious December position. Zach Werenski is out for a month, but the CBJ picked up a fun win last week over Pittsburgh. We also discuss our confidence in the team and if John Tortorella's recent comments about healthy scratches and ice time are what they need right now. We also talk about how excited we are to see some old friends this week. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
34 min
Special guest Steph Driver
Steph Driver of Broad Street Hockey and SB Nation NHL joins us to talk Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and every Metropolitan Division team in between. We get the scoop on the Flyers' rollercoaster season ahead of Wednesday's matchup, as well as what Philly fans make of the Blue Jackets. We also roast the Metro and, because Thanksgiving is this week, talk about our favorite sides. Find Steph at and @StephaliciousD on Twitter! Join our conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
41 min
Extra time, new lines, and solving problems dow...
The Columbus Blue Jackets only played twice last week, but both went past regulation as this team treaded water with some more close games. We'll talk about the overtime loss and shootout win, as well as some new line combinations and coaching decisions. We also dive in to the differences between John Tortorella and Mike Eaves, as well as what the NHL can do about its players lying bleeding on the ice while play continues. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
39 min
The captain gets suspended, more mad goalies, C...
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't been consistent to start November, but you know who is? The Cannon Cast! We're back (as usual) to discuss the three-game suspension of captain Nick Foligno, Elvis Merzlikins's big chance, the team's uninspiring play, and an announced trip to Finland. We'll also touch on Don Cherry, Hilary Knight and the Cleveland Monsters. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
37 min
One month in and wins are hard to find
It's November, and the Columbus Blue Jackets enter the month with a goal-starved offense itching to pick up some wins. On this episode of The Cannon Cast, we'll dive into an 0-2-1 week that saw a couple of head-scratching lineup changes and painful moments on the ice. We try to chart a path forward, highlight some bright spots and check in on Cleveland with a new "Monsters Minute" segment. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31 min
Bad power plays, mad goalies and good Monsters
It's Halloween! The Columbus Blue Jackets saw their six-game point streak end in true horror movie fashion in Philadelphia, and we're doing a post-mortem in this episode of the Cannon Cast. We're also talking about new injuries, the rotting power play, Joonas Korpisalo's outbursts, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and the explosive weekend the Cleveland Monsters enjoyed. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
38 min
Close games, offensive defensemen, Monsters update
The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up the second full week of their season with a slew of one-goal games, including a win against Dallas and overtime losses to Chicago and New York. We discuss Columbus's penchant for defensive scoring, the lack of production from the top and Sonny Milano's flash, along with a Cleveland Monsters update. Join the discussion for this and every episode at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
34 min
Getting in the win column, showing signs of imp...
The Columbus Blue Jackets earned a pair of wins since our last episode and have us feeling better about the start of the season two weeks in. In this episode of The Cannon Cast, we celebrate the surprising play of a couple of young guns, discuss some past and future coaching decisions, and wonder what the heck's going on with Sonny Milano. Discuss this episode (and a lot more) at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
33 min
A rough opening weekend, Cleveland's hot start,...
The Columbus Blue Jackets dropped the first two games of the 2019-20 season, but it's too soon to panic...right? We talk about the CBJ's less-than-ideal opening weekend and if we're worried about it being a larger trend. We also discuss the Cleveland Monsters' 2-0 start, as well as previewing the Metropolitan Division to wrap up our NHL preview. You can find all of our predictions at: You can find Pale Dragon's Cannon Blasts at: You can find Elaine's first State of the Monsters at: You can find specmenceCBJ's YouTube account at: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
47 min
Wrapping up the preseason, previewing the Atlan...
The Columbus Blue Jackets' preseason has ended and it's time for real, actual NHL hockey. We talk about which bubble players we're excited about seeing on the CBJ roster and how we think they'll fare on opening weekend. We also preview the Atlantic Division and chat about Jack Eichel, Carey Price and a certain former goaltender who used to play for Columbus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
51 min
Checking in halfway through preseason, previewi...
The Columbus Blue Jackets have played their way through half of the preseason and are making their cuts. We talk about who's left before we preview the Central Division in our NHL preview series. Are the Avs for real? Can the Jets be saved? Is it too soon to laugh at the Blackhawks? Rate us, review us and join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
49 min
Training camp opens, Zach Werenski signs, Pacif...
The Columbus Blue Jackets have finally kicked off their 2019-20 preseason. We're talking about the opening of training camp, including the newly-signed Zach Werenski. We also kick off our four-episode NHL preview by breaking down the Pacific Division, where things could get wacky in the wild West. Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
55 min
The Columbus Dispatch’s Brian Hedger joins us
Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch joins a super-sized episode to talk Columbus Blue Jackets with us! Hedger makes his Cannon Cast debut from Traverse City, where he tells us what he's looking for from the team's prospects. We also chat about his thoughts for the upcoming season, what it's like to cover Torts and other thoughts from around the beat. Follow Brian Hedger on Twitter at @BrianHedger and join the conversation with us at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
54 min
AAA Alumni weekend, season highlights and fixin...
The start of Columbus Blue Jackets training camp draws ever closer, and we're starting to highlight specific dates on our calendar. Elaine recaps the AAA Alumni weekend, we talk about the state of the Blue Jackets' fan experience...and what more does Seth Jones have to do to get some recognition around here? Join the conversation at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
36 min
CBJ point predictions, Jones-Werenski and a cer...
We're closing out August talking about new predictions calling for the Columbus Blue Jackets to finish...well, everywhere, really. We're talking point predictions, the CBJ boasting two of the league's top defensemen (one still without a contract) and what hockey player we'd pay to send us a video message. Check out our online home at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
37 min
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre joins us
Former Columbus Blue Jacket and current real estate agent/hockey analyst/golfer/Tweeter Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre joins The Cannon Cast this week! The Hyphenator chats with us about the state of the Blue Jackets, what prospects he expects to make a splash, and what CBJ alumni he'd hit the links with. Follow Jean-Luc on Twitter at and join The Cannon conversation at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29 min
Marko Dano returns, Josh Anderson jumps off a J...
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed did something rare (for them) this summer and signed a free agent! We're talking about the familiar face coming back to the Jackets, as well as some familiar faces in Sudbury for Nick Foligno's charity event. Listen to us discuss the Blue Jackets here, because you're not gonna see much of them on NBCSN this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
35 min
Zach Werenski’s deal, Bill Zito’s bike and the ...
We've made it through the first hockey-free month of the summer! It may not be hockey season yet, but we're talking about the hot Columbus Blue Jackets topics of the day. We're discussing Zach Werenski's lack of a deal, the top Blue Jackets under the age of 25, Bill Zito, Rick Nash and more. You can donate to Bill Zito's Pelotonia here: Check out Angela Perley's album: Visit our blog: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
33 min
Our Blue Jackets all-time all-star teams, missi...
Talking about the Columbus Blue Jackets should be fun, and we have a grand old time in this episode. We cover how the Blue Jackets affected Monday's Nikita Gusev and Andrei Vasilevskiy news, we make our own all-time CBJ all-star teams, and we talk about our favorite John Tortorella moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
32 min