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via RIA NOVOSTI,
Nikita Nikitin, a defenseman playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, has told R-Sport he refuses to learn English as he can always rely on fellow Russian teammates.
Nikitin has played in the NHL since 2010 but admitted – in Russian – that “my English isn’t getting any better.”
Russians in the NHL are regularly criticized for their perceived failure to adapt.
“You always hear Russian in the team, although because of that I should admit I don’t learn English,” he said. “I understand everything I need to, but I can still only speak with difficulty. But there are always guys around who give me prompts.”
There are three other Russians on the Columbus roster besides Nikitin: goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, defenseman Fedor Tyutin and forward Artem Anisimov.
from Lucas Sullivan of the Columbus Dispatch,
A citizens’ group has turned in petitions seeking a public vote to stop the city from paying on its purchase contract for Nationwide Arena.
The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government submitted 17,200 signatures to the Columbus City Clerk office today to amend the purchase ordinance and stop payments to purchase the arena by Jan. 2016....
Owners of the Columbus Blue Jackets urged for the public purchase because the team was losing money. The deal saved the Blue Jackets about $9.5 million a year and allows the team to keep all concession and parking revenue from hockey-related events. The team agreed to remain in Columbus through 2039 under the deal.
City and county officials said keeping the team solvent is important because of the revenue generated in and around the Arena District.
Opponents called the purchase a bailout and said the public should have been given a vote on public financing for an arena.
“This is not about the Blue Jackets, we say ‘go Jackets,’ ” said coalition president Jonathan Beard in a news release. “This is about what we believe to have been an abuse of the public’s trust in Columbus City Council.”
Watch how Bobrovsky was injured here.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had made 18 saves and was trending toward his second shutout of the season. But at 4:13 of the third, he used his glove to snuff out a J.T. Brown breakaway, then toppled to the ice and stayed there, flat on his belly.
Roar. Then … gulp.
Bobrovsky was helped off the ice by two teammates, putting no weight on his left leg. An MRI awaits on Wednesday.
“Obviously it was a leg injury, and when he comes out like that you’re a bit unsure,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “I don’t know if we’ll have an answer today, but within the next few days we’ll have a better idea (of how serious it is).”
The Blue Jackets are not commenting further. Neither are those in Bobrovsky’s camp.
more and below watch how the injury occurred...
Nick Foligno of the Blue Jackets goes with the between the legs shot to beat Ben Bishop.
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
The Jackets got skunked 4-0 by the Nashville Predators in front of a dispirited crowd of 11,893 in the Nationwide Arena tonight. The loss was preceded by a 6-0 victory in Toronto, which was preceded by a 6-2 loss in Vancouver, which was preceded by a 2-1 overtime victory in Calgary, which was preceded by a 7-0 loss in Edmonton, which was preceded by a 4-1 victory in Ottawa.
This latest loss, against Darth Vader, might be pegged to coming home, defenseman James Wisniewski said....
The Jackets are banged up, and they are young, and their inexperience is glaring right now. They are wildly inconsistent.
“It could be some of it is leadership,” or the lack of it, coach Todd Richards said.
“Youth, I think” he said. “Tough road trip. A lot of things go into it. It’s hard to put a finger on just one thing, and say ‘this is the reason why we’re inconsistent.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
“I haven’t seen a replay of it but my initial thought is that he was standing up and it was a clean hit,” Jackets coach Todd Richards said, adding that he had chatted with Anisimov after the game and he “feels pretty good.”
Obviously the main concern related to The Hit was Anisimov’s health which, according to the early indications, seemed pretty good, all things considered.
Having said that, The Hit — one which pretty much everyone in the building seemed to think was legal, including Richards and Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson — just underscores the grey area that players must deal with when they want to unleash big checks these days.
Pretty much the only person at the Air Canada Centre who felt the Maple Leafs captain had made contact with Anisimov’s noggin was the official who immediately put his arm up in the air, slapping Phaneuf with an “illegal check to the head” minor.
more and watch the hit below...
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Q. Do you feel like you’ve got a team in that dressing room that can compete?
A. Yeah, absolutely. I still believe in this team. It’s the same team that went 19-5-5 last year, with the addition of a couple of good, young players (Ryan Murray, Boone Jenner) that we’ve added. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be able to do the same things as last year. But the biggest difference right now is that last year’s team was playing together, was competing hard every night. We were a hard team to play against, playing defensively a really tight game, smart, doing all the little things right. Right now it’s not there. This league is too good. You can’t have that. You can’t expect to go out and play like we did against Edmonton in the first period and expect good results. I’m not even talking about the goals, or the 7-0, but the way we came out of the gate in the first period. It was just unacceptable.
Q. Is this in any way a coaching issue?
A. No. (chuckles) We still have the same coaches we had last year, and they had the team playing very disciplined, very hard-working. It’s up to the players to look in the mirror and see if they can play the game the same way they did last year. It’s about the individual.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson called it a "sh-- show." Left wing Nick Foligno said it was "disgusting." Coach Todd Richards accused several of his players of quitting in the third period.
The Blue Jackets' season -- seemingly headed in the right direction after a solid win in Ottawa on Sunday -- went off the rails in stunning fashion tonight in Edmonton, a 7-0 loss to the Oilers before 16,358 in Rexall Place that is tied for the third worst loss in franchise history....
After venting about his team's lack of preparedness, their carelessness with the puck, and the acreage of space they gave the Oilers, Richards pointed out something that really bugged him.
"How we played the third period,” Richards said, shaking his head. “We were just playing to run the clock out. To me, as a coach you watch certain things and certain players to see how they’re going to respond in tough situations … well, we had guys who just wanted to get the game over with, which I’m really disappointed with.”
Mark Borowiecki also received a game misconduct for this hit on Jared Boll.
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