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Foote & Fedorov Hope To Define Their Roles

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Last week, both acknowledged frustration with their Blue Jackets careers, and they shouldered some of that blame. But in the wake of front-office shuffling in the offseason, Foote and Fedorov vowed that different days lie ahead, both for their own careers and for the Blue Jackets’ success on the ice.

“I want to have more fun here,” Foote said. “I want to win.”

Fedorov put it another way: “I came to training camp excited as hell.”

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Columbus Looks To Nash

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via CanadaEast,

“Both Hitch and I have an urgency to get better and get better now but we want to be patient with our younger players,” Howson told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.

It starts with star winger Rick Nash, who has gone backwards since his scintillating 41-goal 2003-04 campaign, dropping to 31 goals in an injury-plagued 2005-06 season and then down to 27 last year.

“The challenge for Rick is to play the way he did in the last two and half months last season and through the world championships,” Hitchcock said Tuesday. “If he does that, I think he’s going to be a dominant player in the National Hockey League.”

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Blue Jackets About To Shape Up

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The first step, Hitchcock said, is for the Blue Jackets to get in better physical shape, especially the young players.

That, it seems, is the root cause of the Blue Jackets’ so-called soft label.

In 2005-06, after defenseman Francois Beauchemin was traded from Columbus to Anaheim, he said it wasn’t until he joined the Ducks that he truly understood what it meant to be in NHL shape.

An NHL source told The Dispatch that Ducks general manager Brian Burke placed a call a few weeks later to then-Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean offering him some friendly advice: get your team in shape.

MacLean didn’t take the advice well—understandably—and a once-tight friendship with Burke has been rocky ever since.

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Vyborny Wants A Long Term Contract

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Vyborny, who returned to Columbus late last week after spending the summer in his native Czech Republic, reiterated his wishes.
“Two years ago, I wanted to go back home so my kids could go to school there,” Vyborny said.
What changed?
“My wife,” he said, with a grin. “She really likes it here, the kids like it here, and they are in really good schools. The first language they will learn is English. But they can learn to speak Czech at home, from us.”
Vyborny, who lives in Gahanna, is the Blue Jackets’ franchise leader in games played, points, assists, short-handed goals and multipoint games.

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Blue Jackets Sick Of Losing

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Privately, players say the offseason firing of general manager Doug MacLean and the hiring of Scott Howson has lifted the mood and changed the outlook of a club that has had six losing seasons. Bluster and bravado, they say, has been replaced by a quiet confidence and a singular goal—winning.
“It’s real now,” said right winger David Vyborny, who has been with the team from the start. “It feels real.”
Training camp begins Sept. 14, but already up to 16 Blue Jackets have joined in unofficial workouts in the Dispatch Ice Haus. The number likely will grow to more than 20 by the end of the week.
“The guys have all walked in here the same way we walked out last April,” left winger Jody Shelley said. “We know how disappointed we were, and we know what we have to do to get better. We’ve said it’s different before, I know, but this is a group that’s embarrassed and sick of losing.”

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Howson Gets To Know Zherdev

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Howson sought to rectify the situation, perhaps heading off a messy divorce before it reached a point of no return.
“It was good to get to know (Nikolai), to learn about him and his family,” Howson said. “He’s been through a lot; he’s experienced a lot, and he’s still a young guy.
“It was a productive meeting. I wanted him to get a feel for me—it’s the first time we’ve ever met—and I wanted him to know what we’re trying to do in Columbus.
“We talked about some of the issues in the past, and I heard him out on that. And I told him why I came to meet with him, what our expectations are for him this coming season.”

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Columbus Moving In the Right Direction

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

The Jackets are a long way from making a serious run at the playoffs. In the past, MacLean wouldn’t or couldn’t accept that fact, leading to several ill-fated “quick fixes.” If Howson stays true to his word and focuses on the big picture, the Jackets can begin to move in the right direction.

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Blue Jackets Plan To Suspend Svitov

from the Columbus Dispatch,

No one in the Blue Jackets organization has spoken to center Alexander Svitov in the 10 days since his plans to play this season in Russia were brought to their attention via the Internet.
And the club isn’t yet sure of its next step.
“We’re still considering everything,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “You can try and fight it (in the Russian court), but you’re not going to have any success in their legal system, just as they haven’t had any success in the (North American) court system….
The Blue Jackets will place Svitov on the suspended list in September when training camp begins. They won’t have to pay his $1 million salary this season, nor will he take up a roster spot or count against the salary cap.
“At some point, we’ll be within our rights to suspend him for the year,” Howson said.

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Center Of Attention

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Four veteran players are penciled in as of today. Notice that was penciled, as in, easily erased.
Peca, Sergei Fedorov, Manny Malhotra and Jiri Novotny are the four, and none are truly No. 1 centers in the NHL.
Fedorov, now 37, could be a good No. 2. Peca is an elite No. 3. Malhotra and Novotny, on a good club, would be No. 4s.
But here’s the wrinkle. Early on in camp, the Blue Jackets will give Dan Fritsche, Gilbert Brule and Derick Brassard a look on one of the top two lines, likely letting them each play two of the first four exhibition games in such a role.

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Great Deals

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ah the lazy, hazy days of summer — sunshine, a hint of fall in the air, back-to-school sales … and NHL general managers, in a bargain-hunting mode, making one last pass at the free-agent market, with training camps less than a month away.
This week, two of the most respected players that had slipped through the cracks, found work — Trevor Linden and Michael Peca, who agreed to one-year deals respectively with the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Linden received $600,000 in base salary; Peca will get $1.2 million as soon as he passes his physical; and both contracts include incentives that could increase their eventual take-home day, depending upon how their seasons unfold.

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