What a weekened! Friday I packed up and headed down to Nashville to watch the Jackets take on the Preds.
The game was great, the Jackets had a chance to win being up 3-1 but the Jackets were IN Nashville so the Preds tied it up and then scored a fourth goal. Thankfully Williams tied it up, but of course the Blue Jackets lost in a shootout.
It was a tough call to bring Filatov up, a really tough call. I know that the Syracuse Crunch fans are in a tizzy over it. I was confused when the move was made this morning, but the more I think about it and the more I talk to people about it the more I understand the move - not saying I necessarily agree, but I understand.
Nikita Filatov was playing great hockey in Syracuse, a team that is fighting for its playoff life. Then we have the Columbus Blue Jackets - a team that has never tasted playoff hockey. They’re on the verge of making it, and well, they want Filatov, their number one draft pick in 2008 to be a part of that. Probably for a number of reasons, here’s just a couple of reasons why I think they’re doing this.
This is not an April Fools Day joke folks. Even though it wouldn’t surprise me the least bit to have it be.
Nikita Filatov has been recalled. I don’t know if you remember him, but he was the first rookie in Blue Jackets history to score a hat trick and our first round draft pick in 2008.
Anyway, here’s the catch with the call up from Tom Reed at Puck-Rakers:
It’s the wrong time of year for a team who has never made the post-season to drop the ball and that’s exactly what the Blue Jackets did this last weekend.
Nobody other than the captain played well, and that includes goaltender Steve Mason, but I absolutely refuse to pin the losses on him. He’s the reason we’re here, and the reason we’re battling for our playoff position.
Now onto the game tonight.
For the first time in franchise history we have 40 wins. FORTY. It’s a very exciting time to be a Blue Jackets fan.
I found this on the blog that has updates on how Ryan is doing.
The Blue Jackets ‘signed’ Ryan Salmons on Wednesday.
The photo is courtesy of the site.
Now we have a copy of the press release.
COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Ryan Salmons, a Central Ohio native and former Hilliard High School hockey star, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We’re very pleased to add a player of Ryan’s caliber to our hockey club as he brings tremendous versatility to our lineup and can play either wing position or defense,” said Howson. “He also has great character and is the type of person who inspires others with his courage, tenacity and positive attitude. We’re lucky to have him on our team.”
Ryan Salmons was able to attend last nights game. He will also be appearing on ESPN’s First Take along with Jason Chimera according to Puck-Rakers.
If you’re a DirecTV customer it’s on ESPN2 channel 209. The show is on now, but the segment hasn’t aired yet. It’s on until noon.
This honestly makes me sick to my stomach.
Peter Stenzel, 52, has been arrested and charged with inducing panic after placing at least three threatening phone calls to the Blue Jackets – specifically goaltender Steve Mason – during Thursday’s win over Calgary, The Dispatch has learned.
According to the Columbus police report, Stenzel was wearing a Calgary Flames sweater when he was arrested at his residence in Dublin. He is charged with inducing panic, a misdemeanor.
“They got his number from caller ID, and it was given to special duty officers,” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. “When they got to his resident, he was upset. He’s a passionate hockey fan.”
You can read the rest here. There are still a lot of details missing, and Portzline is going to update once he gets some more details. I will keep you posted as well.
If that was a playoff preview…count me in.
What a game! It wasn’t even the score, it was the physical play and the way the Jackets took control of the game.
With the way the Blue Jackets came out in Florida, I worried if that would be prepared, but they were.
If you wanted a post before the game - well you’re getting one, but it’s not going to talk about the game tonight.
The Jackets “signed” Ryan Salmons to a one day $3 contract.
Salmon is a 19-year-old terminally ill cancer patient who loves the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So for the first time in the history of the Blue Jackets they sent out an e-mail with playoff ticket information.
I am quite excited about it!!