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Videos- Columbus/Arizona Walk The Fine Line Between Fighting Majors And Roughing Penalties

19:42 ARI Shane Doan  Game misconduct against  Boone Jenner
19:42 ARI Shane Doan  Misconduct (10 min) against  Boone Jenner
19:42 CBJ Boone Jenner  Misconduct (10 min) against  Shane Doan
19:42 CBJ Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  John Scott
19:42 ARI John Scott  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
19:42 ARI John Scott  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell

Video evidence....



Below, Doan talks about the calls by the ref plus video of another flare-up...

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Blue Jackets Looking For Some Defensive Help

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen returned on Wednesday from the NHL general managers meetings in Toronto.

With all those wheelers and dealers in one room …

“There was good conversation,” Kekalainen said. “It is so hard to make deals in the league right now, but I think you’re going to start to see some movement here soon.”

Kekalainen has been trying to make a trade (or two) for weeks now — he wants to shore up the defense — ever since the Blue Jackets started the season in a tailspin.

When coach Todd Richards was fired after an 0-7-0 start and replaced by John Tortorella, Kekalainen laid off his cellphone only slightly.

“We kept talking — you’re always talking, right? — but I wanted to give John time to evaluate some of our players, get his opinions,” Kekalainen said. “I’m getting some pretty good opinions out of him now.”


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Video- John Tortorella After A 5-3 Loss To The Vancouver Canucks

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Asked if Foligno was snakebit, Tortorella said, “That’s great. Snakebit. We need a big play out of him. He had a couple of chances to score. We’re going to say, ‘Nick, his game is coming.’ But to me, he needs to make a big play.

“We’ve got to stop these moral victories and find a way to grind that out. We were not hard enough when we were up 3-2. We were not hard enough mentally and defensively, away from the puck, and that’s what cost us that game.”

And that is the Blue Jackets’ season to date, in 100 words or fewer.

The Jackets are 4-12-0. They are 4-5 under Tortorella, and they have begun to describe their identity — which, in a word, is “tenacious.” Yet there are some lingering problems, which, for some strange reason, are most pronounced at home.

Tortorella called out the team’s captain, but only because Tortorella was asked about Foligno’s fruitless shot. He could have cited any number of players for crimes and misdemeanors.


Watch Tortorella after the loss below...

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Morning Lines- On Sergei Fedorov

"A world-class talent, a great two-way player. Graceful, great hockey sense, great skill. He could bring you out of your seat when he was coming up the ice in full flight."

-Ken Holland

"His skating, his puck handling, his shot; he could do anything at an elite level. But certainly his skating ability was his best attribute, not just in straight out speed but in turning and stopping and starting and moving from side to side; to me he's one of the best skaters I've ever come across."

-Steve Yzerman

"Sergei said that to me several times, 'I knew I could trust you, that you would do the best things for my career. That's what I tried to do. I brought him into the office often. I talked to him often. He didn't understand everything at the beginning, but as time went on he got pretty good at it. He got to be a real good team guy. He didn't rock the boat. He performed."

-Bryan Murray

"He was strong everywhere. You go back to the old Russian days, when those guys trained year-round with their team … he always won all the awards for conditioning at training camp. He'd go do pullups, rip off 20 at one time, and go, 'OK, what's next?' He was such a great skater and he had that low-center-of-gravity skating stride. He had elite puck skills. He's one of the best players of all-time."

-Jim Nill

"He could skate like a defenseman, backwards, and he was so fast. He could move, get back and get pucks. He was still thinking as a forward when he was playing defense, but he could play that position well and he did."

-Nicklas Lidstrom

"He was the best player I've ever played with."

-Alex Ovechkin

Dan Rosen of NHL.com has much more on Fedorov.

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Bad October For Key Players

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Here is the list of first-month underachievers, ranked by the level of concern their fans should have:

Def Con 5

Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks): The fact is that Perry no goals (on 23 shots) in 11 games could be catastrophic if the Ducks lose the next three or four games. It could be a major contributing factor to coach Bruce Boudreau losing his job. The Ducks have only scored 14 goals in 11 games. Boudreau needs Perry to be himself. Perry has scored 77 goals in his past 146 games. The Ducks need him on the scoresheet, particularly with Ryan Getzlaf recovering from an appendectomy. General manager Bob Murray said he won't make "rash changes," but more losses could try his patience.

Ryan Johansen (Columbus Blue Jackets): He is supposed to be the Blue Jackets’ flag carrier, but new coach John Tortorella declared that he was out of shape, according to media reports. He has no points in his past five games, and he only has three shots in his past three games. Johansen doesn’t look to be the same inspired player he was last season. It’s way too soon to say he’s at a crossroad, but certainly there is major concern about him in Columbus. He is a star that is not shining bright.


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Ryan Johansen Feeling Better, May Play On Friday

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, out the past two games with a mysterious illness, is feeling better, club GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. He has skated on his own the last two days in Nationwide Arena.

"I anticipate he'll practice (on Thursday) and hopefully play (on Friday vs. Washington)," Kekalainen said.

After complaining of fatigue, Johansen left the club in Denver over the weekend, missing Saturday's game vs. the Colorado Avalanche. He also missed Tuesday's 3-1 win in New Jersey, so that he could remain in Columbus and have tests.

Kekalainen wouldn't reveal if Johansen's tests revealed anything.


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Video- Should’ve This Goal By Boone Jenner Been Challenged?

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

It seemed Hynes might challenge the third period goal from Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner in the third period Tuesday night. Jenner pushed Devils defenseman Jon Merrill into goalie Cory Schneider before getting into position to score on the rebound of a David Clarkson tip of a shot from the right point....

Was Schneider able to get reset?

"Not really. I was pushed back pretty far and I was kind of scrambling out. Jonny said the same thing. He sort of got knocked back," Schneider recalled. "All of a sudden we both looked up and the puck was on its way. I don't think either of us was really set.

"That's a tough one to review. There's a battle in front. If it's pretty blatant and he shoves him into me and knocks me over and I'm cleaned out, obviously that's a call. But it was probably incidental. The coaches and the guys upstairs know whether or not to challenge it and they didn't so it is what it is."

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IMO, Schneider did have enough time to recover, you can watch the goal below...

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Are 2-1 Under John Tortorella

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The following words and phrases were used to describe last night’s game between the Blue Jackets and the New Jersey Devils in Prudential Center: Awful. Terrible. A mess. Hard to watch. Hard to play. Dull.

And those were the descriptions of the winning team.

The Blue Jackets scored three goals in the third period to break a scoreless tie, and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 23 saves in a 3-1 victory. After eight straight losses to start the season, the Blue Jackets have won two straight.

Style points be damned.

“The boys stayed with it, that’s the good thing,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “They knew they weren’t playing well, everybody. We were just slow, but you have to find a way. There are important games to win. We’ll be on the other side of it at some point this season, so we’ll take it and go from here.”


Game highlights are below...

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The Latest On The Health Of Ryan Johansen

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen will miss his second straight game today while he remains in Columbus to undergo a battery of tests aimed at determining why he is feeling fatigued.

The club and Johansen’s agent stated emphatically that Johansen’s absence is not related to his offseason heart scare or any response to new coach John Tortorella, who benched Johansen on Thursday in the final six minutes of a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

“It’s nothing with his heart,” said Kurt Overhardt, Johansen’s agent. “He’s just not feeling well, and we’re trying to figure out why. His energy level has been down for a while. There’s no alarm here, but we want to get to the root of it. We want to do the right thing and make sure he’s 100 percent when he’s on the ice.

Overhardt and Blue Jackets management butted heads over Johansen’s contract negotiations in 2014, but the two are working together now. They met over the weekend in Denver, where Overhardt lives.

“We had a good conversation,” Overhardt said. “We’re together on this.”


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Ryan Johansen’s Health Issues

from Shawn Mitchell and Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was hospitalized at least once this offseason because of an accelerated heart rate, sources told The Dispatch.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed the report but said Johansen’s current undisclosed illness is not heart-related. 

Johansen left the team in Denver on Saturday and flew home to Columbus with a member of the training staff after falling ill that morning, Kekalainen said. His status for Tuesday’s game in New Jersey is not known.

After Johansen was released from a hospital near his home in British Columbia this summer, the Blue Jackets flew him to Columbus to be checked by team doctors and local cardiologists.

“They found no issues with his heart,” Kekalainen said.

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