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Opinion: Columbus Blue Jackets shouldn’t give in to Ryan Johansen’s agent

September 22, 2014
The Columbus Blue Jackets would be smart to move on from Ryan Johansen. Not because they don’t need him, but because he needs them. And he’ll realize that soon enough. Following a breakout season where he posted a team-leading 63 points, Johansen has yet to sign a new deal with Columbus. He’s sitting on his restricted free agent status while his teammates have begun preseason play. All signs point to Johansen’s agent Kurt Overhardt as the reason for the contract impasse. In a recent press conference, Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Overhardt wanted to double a contract offer worth $6 million over two years. On Monday,… Read more

Ohio State, WCHA women’s ice hockey set for new season

September 10, 2014
With a fresh season just around the corner, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is set to play in a new-look conference this year. Western Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Aaron Kemp and OSU coach Nate Handrahan convened at the Ohio State Ice Rink on Wednesday to discuss the future of the WCHA and the Buckeyes’ plans for next season. Making changes to the WCHA’s Final Face-Off and improving the conference’s marketability are projects on Kemp’s agenda, he said. “We’ve got a good tradition of excellence and I don’t want to do too much to change that,” Kemp said. “I think we’re going to really put a focus on social… Read more

Opinion: Stanley Cup Playoffs deserve more attention than Major League Baseball

April 15, 2014
Oh my gosh, the Cincinnati Reds have a losing record. Time to panic right? Wrong. According to my calculations, there are 2,225 games left in the MLB regular season, so trust me when I say there is no need to be alarmed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy baseball just as much as the next person … in the summer. There is no reason to play baseball when the temperature still drops below what likely will be the Houston Astros inevitable win total for the 2014 season. However, the Stanley Cup playoffs start Wednesday and no other sporting event should even be allowed on television until the cup has been… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik reflects on 1st year

April 14, 2014
For being such long endeavors, it’s odd that sports seasons are supposedly defined by their end results. It makes more sense to take a more holistic approach and look at the big picture — at the sum of all those little moments that go unnoticed. An event that was noticed was the 2014 Big Ten Hockey Tournament Championship in St. Paul, Minn. The first season of Big Ten hockey came down to one final game between Ohio State and Wisconsin, where the Buckeyes led 4-2 with less than seven minutes left March 22. The man behind OSU’s bench was Steve Rohlik. An associate head coach for three years with the… Read more

Opinion: Columbus Blue Jackets demanding respect as Columbus professional sports franchise

April 14, 2014
Back in March, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Columbus “really has no professional sports team.” Well that simply is not true. Not only is there a professional sports team in Columbus — there are two, in fact — and one is getting primed for the postseason. The Blue Jackets, in their first season as a member of the NHL’s Eastern Conference, are headed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sure, it’s possible the Jackets didn’t look too much like a professional team for the majority of their 14-year existence. After all, this season marks just their second playoff trip in franchise history. And in… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey player Ryan Dzingel to forgo senior season, sign with Ottawa Senators

April 2, 2014
The Big Ten men’s hockey leading scorer is no longer going to wreak havoc on opposing college defenders. Ohio State junior forward Ryan Dzingel announced his intentions to forgo his senior season after signing an entry-level contract with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. “It was a very difficult decision leaving my friends and the program I love. I felt like it was the right choice for me moving forward with my career, even though Ohio State is heading in the right direction,” Dzingel said in a press release. “Thank you again to my teammates, coaches and fans. I will miss it.” Dzingel’s deal is for two years, and he is also… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey drops overtime thriller to Wisconsin in Big Ten Championship

March 23, 2014
In the blink of an eye, a dream can be lost. With a Big Ten Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line, the Ohio State men’s hockey team saw its dreams snatched away by the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday. OSU coach Steve Rohlik emphasized the thin margin between success and failure after the game. “Well, it’s that time of year where one team moves on, one team goes home,” Rohlik said in a released statement. “Obviously, unfortunately for us, they got the last shot and scored the big goal there.” The big goal was off a rebound stuffed home by Badger senior forward Mark Zengerle after redshirt-freshman… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey takes down No. 1 Minnesota, earns berth in Big Ten Championship Game

March 22, 2014
All season long the Ohio State men’s hockey team has looked to junior forward Ryan Dzingel to take the lead in key moments. He never did it in a more important spot than Friday night. With his team in a tied with No. 1 Minnesota late in third period, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer came up with the goal that pushed the Buckeyes within one win of an NCAA tournament berth. The Buckeyes (18-13-5, 7-9-5) upset the Gophers (25-6-6, 14-4-3), 3-1, in the Big Ten semifinals, advancing them to the Big Ten Championship where they are set to face No. 6 Wisconsin (23-10-2, 13-6-1) Saturday. “We bent, but we didn’t break.… Read more

Overtime goal lifts Ohio State men’s hockey past Michigan State in Big Ten Quarterfinals, 2-1

March 20, 2014
By late Thursday night, a great week had become even better for Ohio State’s Drew Brevig. On Monday the defenseman was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. But his biggest moment came Thursday night when he scored the winning goal in overtime to push the Buckeyes past Michigan State and into the Big Ten semifinals. The OSU men’s hockey team (17-13-5, 7-9-5-4) came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over MSU (11-18-7, 5-10-6-4) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal in St. Paul, Minn. MSU started brighter. OSU freshman goalie Christian Frey had to be alert during the first few minutes as the Spartans got the game’s first three… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey ready for ‘evenly matched’ Big Ten Tournament game against Michigan State

March 19, 2014
When it was announced that the Big Ten men’s hockey conference would come together for its inaugural season, many people had high expectations. With the regular season over and postseason play about to begin, it has become clear those expectations were right on the money. A competitive and skilled conference campaign has set up a tasty tournament bracket. All six of the conference’s teams are set to travel to Saint Paul, Minn., this weekend hoping to become the first-ever Big Ten hockey champions. Minnesota and Wisconsin are the top seeds respectively, so both receive a bye in the quarterfinals, while No. 3-seed Michigan is slated to play No. 6 Penn… Read more