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Patrick Burke explains the suspension.
Below, watch John Tortorella talk about the hit after the game...
The current season will land in the middle of this mediocrity. The Blue Jackets, with last night’s winning-time 3-2 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Nationwide Arena, “improved” to 30-35-8.
They are, with nine games remaining, on pace for 77 points and a winning percentage of .469.
I am not trying to be negative. I am not trying to laden the present team with the entire weight of the organization’s history. I am just pointing at the standings and the scoreboard. The view does not change for any appreciable span of time.
There are a select few who understand the masochism that is involved in buying season tickets, year after year, and actually paying for this product. What has been the dollar-per-point payoff for those who have had personal-seat licenses when Nationwide Arena threw open its doors? Someday, maybe, they will receive payback for their passion.
Meantime, it is a springtime in Columbus like so many others, and we await management’s exit meeting. Last year, it was full of empty promise....
-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this topic.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets are the most-penalized team in the NHL and the team with the most major penalties for fighting.
But those are crude ways to measure their physical nature.
“We talk every game, that if somebody’s in trouble, someone gets in there,” coach John Tortorella said. “If someone’s on our goalie, someone gets in. Everybody gets in the blue (paint) to protect our goaltender. That’s the mindset we’re trying to build here.
“But are we over the top? Are we cheap? Are we dirty? Absolutely not. Do we want to injure people? Hurt people? Absolutely not.”
There will be no apologies forthcoming for the hard-nosed style, even as recent opponents have taken exception.
Patrick Burke explains...
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Boone Jenner to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Jenner, 22, has set career highs in goals, assists (tied) and points this season with 22 goals and 13 assists for 35 points to go along with 65 penalty minutes in 63 games. He ranks second on the club in goals, power play goals (seven), game-winning goals (two, tied), shots (174) and hits (167), while ranking third in penalty minutes (tied) and fifth in points. One of the club’s alternate captains, he is one of three Blue Jackets – Ryan Murray and Gregory Campbell – that have played in all 63 games this season.
“Boone Jenner is a terrific young player, who works extremely hard at both ends of the ice and is just beginning to scratch the surface of what he can be as a National Hockey League player,” said Kekalainen. “He has tremendous character and is an exemplary representative of our club on and off the ice.”
Just get rid of the coach’s challenge. Just get rid of it. The whole (reason for) being of the coach’s challenge is to get it right. If we can’t get it right on that call, then get rid of the coach’s challenge. All I did was waste a timeout. It’s discouraging. That is a no-brainer call. If they vote again for it, no coach’s challenge as far as this organization is concerned.
-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on a goal by Boston's Louie Eriksson. More on the play and the Blue Jackets win over Boston by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Watch the goal below...
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Bankrupt NHL defenceman Jack Johnson has accused his parents of mismanaging his finances, overspending on cars, jewelry and extending lines of credit that plunged him into millions of dollars’ worth of debt.
Now, Johnson wants his parents out of their Michigan home, a house he owns, so he can sell the property to help pay down his debts.
But Johnson’s parents are fighting back.
In a letter to a bankruptcy court judge in Ohio - marking one of the few instances where their position on their son’s bankruptcy has been made public - Kristina and John J.L. Johnson II say they signed a 50-year, rent-free lease for the property with their son. They have asked a bankruptcy court judge to prevent Johnson from selling the property.
Joonas Korpisalo of the Columbus Blue Jackets is the victim.
The Blue Jackets are not all that bad. Look at their roster. They are, in this age of parity, not far from being very good. Add Auston Matthews and they’re really getting somewhere.
-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on the Blue Jackets.
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