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CannonBalls: Your Daily Barrage Of CBJ And NHL Links – 12/31/13

Cannonballs is a daily series where we will gather up links to other interesting stories from the Columbus Blue Jackets blogosphere, as well as general NHL and hockey news. While we strive to bring you the best coverage of the Columbus Blue Jackets here at the Union and Blue, there are several other CBJ blogs that do a great job as well. So with that, here is today’s edition of Union and Blue Cannonballs! 

Columbus Blue Jackets

Bobrovsky and Horton Close to Returning: Sergei Bobrovsky and Nathan Horton are close to hitting the ice again.  [ BlueJackets.com ]

Jackets Still Struggle with Elite Teams: After the 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night, Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch gave his thoughts on the matchup.  [ BlueJacketsXtra

Boone – Just “Waiting in the Weeds”: Boone Jenner has showed why he belongs on an NHL team, but he still has some improving to do. [ Jackets Peanut Gallery ]

NHL

Coyotes Suspend Brule after He Refused to Report to AHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 2005 first round pick Gilbert Brule refused to report to the Portland Pirates on Sunday and was suspended. “It seems like he may join Nikita Filatov and Nikolai Zherdev as Columbus first-rounders who struggled to find their place in North America.” [ NBC Sports ]

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NHL Dreaming “Big” for Winter Classic: Why did the NHL schedule six outdoor games this season? [ SportsNet ]

Kevin Westgarth traded for Greg Nemisz: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames traded players last night [ SB Nation ]

Winter Olympics 

Price, Reimer, Holtby Lead Sochi Goalie Race: Chris Boyle thinks that Carey Price, James Reimer, and Braden Holtby should be the three goalies for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics. [ SportsNet ]

Athletes Concerned about Safety in Russia: Security is a major issue this year at the Olympics in Sochi. What is being done to protect the athletes? [ SportsNet ]

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