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Action Needed In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It is time for general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to do something.

We all know the patient, long-term plan set forth by Kekalainen and his boss, John Davidson, the president of hockey operations. “Brick by Brick” T-shirts appeared last year. They have a core of young players they want to see grow within the system. We all get it.

“We are the 5th line” T-shirts appeared this year, and Alexander Wennberg should be wearing one. He has not proved he is an NHL-caliber player, and he is on the ice 15 minutes a night. This does no service to him or the team. He should be building his confidence with minor-league Springfield.

Maybe Wennberg goes the way of Nikita Filatov — or maybe he goes the way of Ryan Johansen, who, you might recall, did not have an illustrious rookie season and has turned out pretty well. The point here, though, is not about the rookie. He is not the problem; he is merely a symptom.

The Jackets are stagnant, and they need a stir.

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Milan Lucic On The “Gutless” Punch From Dalton Prout

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Boston Bruins are irate at the altercation between forward Milan Lucic and Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout at the end of overtime on Friday and are vowing revenge when the teams meet on Dec. 27 at Nationwide Arena.

Lucic told the Boston Herald that he let Prout know he wasn’t going to fight, and he let his guard down just before Prout buckled his knees with a heavy right to the chin.

“It’s the end of the game,” Lucic said. “I let him know I wasn’t going to fight him. I wasn’t prepared, I let my guard down, and that’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights, and I never took a shot like that. Like I said, we get two opportunities to play the Blue Jackets, and I’ll be ready.”...

“There’s many a times when I could have done the exact same thing, and I held off because the guy’s refusing to drop his gloves,” Lucic said. “I find it to be gutless, and that’s my thoughts on it.”

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Watch the incident below if you missed it earlier, video includes feed from both teams.

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Video- Sergei Bobrovsky With The Bad Goal Of The Night

The Blue Jackets lost 4-3 in a shootout.

 

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Video- Milan Lucic Stunned With A Punch To The Head

Dalton Prout with one punch...

 

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Jack Johnson Files For Bankruptcy After Numerous Financial Issues

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

On the morning of Oct. 7, two days before the Blue Jackets opened the 2014-15 season, Jack Johnson left his Ferrari parked in the garage of his Dublin apartment and drove his BMW to a federal courthouse Downtown to file for bankruptcy.

Johnson has earned more than $18 million during his nine-year NHL career, not including the $5 million he will be paid this season by the Blue Jackets.

Almost all of the money is gone, and some of his future earnings have already been promised — which is why Johnson, surrounded by a new team of financial advisers and an attorney, signed his financial surrender.

The scene was nearly four years in the making, after a string of risky loans at high interest rates; defaults on those loans, resulting in huge fees and even higher interest rates; and three lawsuits against Johnson, two of which have been settled and one that’s pending.

“I’d say I picked the wrong people who led me down the wrong path,” Johnson, a 27-year-old defenseman, told The Dispatch last week. “I’ve got people in place who are going to fix everything now. It’s something I should have done a long time ago.”...

But sources close to Johnson have told The Dispatch that his own parents — Jack Sr. and Tina Johnson — are among the “wrong people” who, as Johnson put it, led him astray financially.

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Blue Jackets In Playoff Mode In Mid-November

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The first goal of the new season was to avoid another slow start. The bad news is it was not avoided, or was unavoidable, depending on one’s viewpoint. The good news is the Blue Jackets understand this predicament. 

They put themselves in a hole at the start of the lockout-shortened 2013 season and missed the playoffs by a point. They were 6-10-1 through 17 games last season and made the playoffs. They are 6-10-1 now.

“Every game is a playoff game for us,” Kekalainen said. “That’s basically what it comes down to right now. We can’t dig ourselves into a deeper hole.”

The Jackets just won a wicked back-to-back, against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Friday and at home against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Players are beginning to roll off injured reserve and onto the ice and into the “playoffs.” It just might be that they are pulling through the toughest stretch of their season.

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Blues Trade Jordan Leopold To Columbus

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Around The Hockey World

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- The Columbus Blue Jackets have made overtures to Sergei Bobrovsky’s camp about signing a long-term deal after next season, but I can’t imagine it’ll get done unless the dollars are in the Tuukka Rask range (six years, $7.5 million). Rask is 27, Bobrovsky 26. Right now, Goalie Bob has a salary-cap hit of $5.675 million. The Russian Olympic goalie, who has a broken finger and might return to the lineup on Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers, is the Jackets’ most indispensable player.

- Ray Whitney, 42, is still in Scottsdale, Ariz., waiting for the phone to ring to offer further employment, but this is probably it for The Wizard after 1,330 NHL games. Twenty per cent of the NHL season has been played and a call is probably not coming. Whitney can live with that. He was never going to play as long as Jaromir Jagr, his teammate in Dallas. Only 48 guys have played more games than Whitney.

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Matheson also has a nice story on Dominik Hasek.

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Nathan Horton Trying Many Alternatives To Relieve Back Pain But May Face Career Ending Surgery

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton is stuck in a living hell and facing a torturous decision.

Horton, who hasn’t played since April, is in near constant pain — sometimes agony — because of a degenerative back injury that has derailed his NHL career.

“I can’t stand up like a normal person; I can’t bend over,” Horton said in his first public comments about his condition. “I can’t run. I can’t play with my kids. To get in and out of the car, I’m like a 75-year-old man … so slow and stiff. I can’t sleep at night. I try to lay down and my back seizes up and I can’t move, so sleeping is out. I’m like a zombie in the daytime.”

But the alternative to dealing with such misery is just as awful. Horton could have surgery to relieve the pain, but the procedure — likely a three- or four-level spinal fusion with a titanium rod — would mean the end of his NHL career at only 29 years old.

“I don’t want to have surgery, because of what that means,” Horton said, his voice breaking behind a smile. “I don’t want to live with this pain, but I don’t want to make that decision. It’s hard for me to say that, at 29 years old, I’m done. I mean, really? Done at 29?”

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Columbus Blue Jackets Losing Streak Now At Nine Games And What About Bob

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets, as has become custom, fell behind in the first period, worked their way back and ultimately lost. That’s nine in a row (0-8-1), tying a franchise record winless streak. The number of consecutive losses now matches the number of injured players. This is no coincidence. Not by a long shot. But it is also no excuse for record-tying skids. “We have to be better,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said before the game. “We have to build better depth and learn from this. We went through a similar situation last year and came out stronger. That’s the way you have to look at it.”

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Columbus' star netminder will be a restricted free agent after the season. Re-signing him two years ago wasn’t easy. And you can expect there will again be serious overtures from his native country in Russia to go play in the KHL. 

The Jackets made an offer during training camp that was rejected and the two sides haven’t spoken since. Bobrovsky is represented by agent Paul Theofanous.

"We love Bob, we want to obviously keep him," Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "We made a fair offer in our opinion and it didn’t go anywhere. We’ll keep after it. He’s an incredibly hard-working player and he’s a leader that way and such a good example. We absolutely want to keep a guy like that and for long-term."

Bobrovsky is earning $6.25 million this season, although his cap hit is $5.625 million.

He's a restricted free agent for one more year and then has UFA eligibility starting in July 2016. 

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