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Spin Or Optimism In Columbus?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

To watch the video of last week’s “exit” news conference featuring Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson and his general manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, is to figure the Jackets are on the cusp of a dynasty.

JD: “When the dust settles and you clear your head and think about it, we’ve got a good thing going on here.”

As the old saying goes, if you have to say you’re good, you’re probably not any good, or you’re trying to sell tickets. In any case, we’ve enlisted the devil’s advocate to assess the talking points.

JD: “I think going into next season, this team will have more internal competition (for roster spots) than it has ever had, in its history.”

DA (devil's advocate): One would hope. This team has missed the playoffs 12 times in 14 seasons.

JD: “I think we’ll be better next year than we were planning to be this year.”

DA: You were a lottery team.

JD: “When you look at it from the inside, the Blue Jackets were in the playoffs last year and they weren’t in it this year. A step back? For some people, that’s an obvious thought. But when you really analyze it like we do … ”

DA: Some people?


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Afternoon Line- John P. McConnell

"We have a great team. We're very young. We have great prospects coming up. We need to keep developing how we're going to evolve leadership-wise, and (president of hockey operations) John Davidson and (general manager) Jarmo Kekalainen are focused on that. We need the older players to guide the young players, but we have a lot of talent. I'm very excited about the future. This is a great team. Next year is our year."

-John P. McConnell, majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  More from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

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The Bottom Line Is The Columbus Blue Jackets Need To Be Better

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets beat the Penguins 5-3 before a raucous crowd on Saturday. It took the fans back to last spring. That was a fun time, but really, the Jackets didn’t accomplish anything other than hint at a promise of something better. Now, it’s happening all over again.

“For me, what’s forefront is the disappointment of where we’re at,” coach Todd Richards said. “That, to me, has to be the driving force behind our summer. We know what we can do. When we’re all together and healthy … when guys are committed and playing the right way and doing the right things, you can see the results.

“But to me, the driving force has to be the disappointment of our season.”

Roger that. The Jackets are showing what they can do and it both stokes the imagination and feeds the disappointment. That is the very definition of mediocre. We wait for them to get beyond.


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Video- “Look At That Slewfoot”

via Sportsnet,

Brandon Dubinsky received a penalty for tripping in the first period on Saturday, but if you ask the Penguins’ announcers, maybe the call should have been harsher.


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The Columbus Blue Jackets Are About To Lose Prospect Mike Reilly

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets own Reilly’s rights for 30 days after he leaves Minnesota. The Gophers’ season ended last week with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but Reilly did not leave. Instead, he elected to concentrate on his studies and listen to the advice of “family consultant” Pat Brisson — who happens to be one of the most prominent hockey agents in the world.

When does a “family consultant” in Brisson’s line of work tell a young man to go back to school? When the young man does not want to play for a team that holds his rights, and the young man is eight weeks away from unrestricted free agency.

There is a soft spot for NCAA athletes in the NHL collective bargaining agreement. Since four years have passed since Reilly’s selection, he can opt for free agency on June 1. Although the Jackets have made a yearlong push to sign him, they must know their efforts have been unsuccessful.

Had Reilly dropped out and signed with Columbus at the first opportunity, he could have made his debut Tuesday at Nationwide Arena. He would have begun collecting on a fat salary. Most important, he would have burned the first of a two-year contract, and he could start working on an extension as early as July 1.

Instead, Reilly has decided to concentrate on his studies, which sounds sincere by a half. Why? He is going to blow off his senior year.

Reilly has a unique opportunity, and he is going to take it. It is his right. He gets to pick his NHL team, and maybe it will be his hometown Minnesota Wild — in which his father holds a minority share.


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Video- Jared Boll Suspended Three Games

NHL explanation of the suspension...


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Jared Boll Will Be Meeting With The Department Of Player Safety



added 10:16am, Another view of the hit below...

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Video- Corey Perry Needs A Few Acting Lessons

via Sportsnet,

Corey Perry appeared to get hit in the face, but upon further review he snapped his neck because of nothing, leading to the embarrassment of an embellishment penalty.


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Keep It In The Room

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

The Toronto Maple Leafs caused a bit of a ruckus Wednesday when president Brendan Shanahan announced the team was extending Nazem Kadri’s punishment by at least two more games.

Some praised the decision to make an example of players that don’t abide by the rules, but others questioned the manner in which the team went about it.

Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean believes the Maple Leafs mishandled the situation. He also said off-ice incidents with players happen all the time, only most teams keep the discipline private.

“I had a situation with [Nikolai] Zherdev [in Columbus] where I had to hire a private investigator to follow him for a week and come back to me with a written report as to what was really going on with this guy,” the former Blue Jackets general manager told Dean Blundell & Co. Thursday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “Then I got [the report] and I dealt with Zherdev and, yeah, he sat out some games, but nobody had a clue that it was going on. Nobody.”


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  Tags: nazem+kadri, nikolai+zherdev

Afternoon Line- Rene Bourque

"Michel and I didn’t have the best relationship, we didn’t communicate. I didn’t know what we wanted from me, or vice versa. I’m definitely not a lazy player. I work hard on and off the ice."

-Rene Bourque of the Columbus Blue Jacket on his relationship with coach Michel Therrien of the Montreal Canadiens.  More from and on Bourque from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers.

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