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CannonBalls: Your Daily Barrage Of CBJ And NHL Links

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!

 Blue Jackets

Edmonton Oilers Acquire Nikitin from Blue Jackets for Draft Pick Ahead of NHL free agency, the Jackets gave the Oilers the rights to negotiate with Nikita Nikitin for a 2014 fifth round draft pick. [ NHL.com ]

Why Scott Hartnell Will Be New Face of Columbus Blue Jackets Will the newest Jacket become the  face of the franchise? [ Rant Sports ]

FanSided

Free Agent Defensemen Finns out which players lead the pack of free agent defensemen, and where they might go. [ Too Many Men On The Site ]

NHL

Behind the Scenes: How the Philadelphia Flyers Landed the 2014 NHL Draft Find out how the location for this year’s draft ended up being the City of Brotherly Love. [ The Hockey News ]

Free Agent “Courting Period” Valuable for Players and Teams Teams can begin to talk to free agents today, but can’t officially sign them until July 1st. What does this “courting period” mean for the players and teams? [ The Hockey News ]

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