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Jan 28, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets ice girl clears the ice against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus defeated Dallas 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

CannonBalls: Your Daily Barrage Of CBJ And NHL Links – 01/09/14

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

Matt Calvert (11)
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Through Hard Work, Calvert Becoming An Essential Component: Matt Calvert has been slowly but surely making his mark  in the NHL with the Blue Jackets, but it hasn’t been an easy road. Rob Mixer wrote a great article about the journey that Calvert has taken to get where he is today. [BlueJackets.NHL.com]

The Weight: The Sochi Winter Olympics are quickly approaching, and all the international squads are now in the spotlight. One player from the Blue Jackets may have a large burden to carry in Russia this winter, read more from Shawn Mitchell regarding Sergei Bobrovsky and Team Russia’s quest for gold on home soil. [Puck-Rakers Blog]

FanSided

FanSided NHL’s general hockey website, Too Many Men On The Site, covers the NHL & beyond and is in the process of hiring new writers! Read more about the opportunity here >>> [Too Many Men On The Site]

Olympics

Each 2014 Olympic Hockey Contender’s Key Difference-Maker: The noise is already starting to get louder and louder regarding who is going to be successful in Sochi this February – especially since Team Canada and other nations finally released their rosters. Find out on B/R who to watch for each Olympic team. [Bleacher Report]

NHL

NHL Selling Out More Arenas Than The NBA: Are you surprised by the title? I can’t say that I am completely shocked, as I have been to an NBA game, which was fun, but it was no hockey! Check out the numbers and see for yourself! [Puck Daddy]

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