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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
An otherwise joyous night for the Blue Jackets was tempered by a serious injury to one of the club's most inspiring player.
Right winger Derek Dorsett suffered a fractured clavicle at 1:36 of the first period, when he was driven into the net by Vancouver's Andrew Alberts. The club announced after the game that he's likely to miss the rest of the season.
It's a big blow for the Blue Jackets. Dorsett has three goals, six assists and 53 penalty minutes in 24 games. Last season, he had 12 goals, 20 points and 235 penalty minutes -- all career highs.
a bit more and if you watch the video below (game highlights, injury is at the start), I think Dorsett suffered the injury from the hit by Alberts. Going into the net did not seem that bad but you can decide.
from Michael Arace of he Columbus Dispatch,
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review connected the dots and came up with some quality speculation. The Penguins are looking for backline help. Defenseman Simon Despres, 21, a former first-round pick, is said to be available in trade and might be enough bait to get Jack Johnson.
Johnson might pair nicely with Kris Letang — and also serve as an insurance policy in case Letang is traded before his contract expires next year.
The cherry on top is that Johnson and Sidney Crosby are pals. Rossi merely pieced together how this puzzle might fit. The thing is, this was one of the first juicy rumors to hit the web this year. The trade deadline is April 3, but for hockey fans, spring arrived as soon as the Jackets brain trust was spotted in Pittsburgh.
Kekalainen was asked about the rumor last night before the Jackets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in a shootout at Nationwide Arena. He was clear that he is not keen on commenting about trade rumors. He also was clear that this particular rumor was baseless.
“It’s silly,” he said. “I went to watch a game. Ray Shero (the Penguins’ general manager) is a friend of mine.”
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Now, the team with the best record among the non-playoff teams could win the lottery. For a team like Columbus, which also owns the first round selection of the New York Rangers from the Rick Nash trade, it means that if both the Kings and Rangers miss post-season play, the Jackets would have three shots at the first overall pick.
Let's say either the L.A. pick or the New York pick cashed in and won the first overall pick. If Columbus finished last overall, they could only move down one slot in the draft selection.
And thus could end up with Seth Jones AND Nathan MacKinnon.
That's how you rebuild a franchise at warp speed, something new team president John Davidson and GM Jarmo Kekalainen are trying to do before all of Ohio turns off the Blue Jackets for good. Already, the Jackets have a decent cupboard of prospects that includes Ryan Johansen, Ryan Murray, Boone Jenner and goalie Oscar Dansk, and hitting the jackpot this June could make an enormous difference to this franchise.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
The Avs need to either trade one of their three centers or get better third-line wingers to play with one of those guys. All indications were that the Avs had every intent to trade O'Reilly, but they waited too long and now have an arranged marriage with him for at least a year.
My solution? I think Stastny is the guy they need to seriously consider moving. No offense to him either, but if I'm the GM of this team, I go with Duchene and O'Reilly as my top two centers and try to get something for Stastny while I still can.
Stastny, 27, has 12 points (five goals) in 20 games this season, with a minus-5. He has one power-play goal. While it's true he has scored at least 20 goals his last three seasons, his point totals in those years declined from 79 to 57 to 53. He seems tired with this team, a guy who looks like he could use a fresh start somewhere else. The Avs have missed the playoffs four of the last six seasons with him as one of their top two centers.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
With O’Reilly set to essentially make at least $6.5 million after next season and probably the following two (because he still has this season and three more to go before being eligible for UFA), do you think Duchene and Landeskog are going to want any less? Stastny could become UFA after next season, how much difference in salary will he accept by then from the $6.6 million he’s been making for a few years now and will continue to make next year?
What the Flames did today, essentially, was potentially blow out the Avs’ salary structure in the next couple years. The Avs let the Flames set the market for O’Reilly’s value – and they had to swallow their pride and accept it because gambling that they’d get a lottery pick with the Flames’ first-round pick this year was too poor a prospect. How awful would it have been for this team if they’d not only let O’Reilly go to Calgary, but then gotten a worse draft pick maybe thanks to his helping them out the rest of the year in the standings? It would have been a humiliating blow.
And today was humiliating enough for Avs management. They clearly gambled that nobody would break the offer sheet code that most teams live by – especially in the year after a lockout – and that they would be able to dictate to O’Reilly what his market value would be, not the other way around. Well, guess what? They lost that bet.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
The Blue Jackets will be without defenseman James Wisniewski long term after he suffered a broken bone in a foot during Sunday's 1-0 loss in Chicago. It's the latest hit to a Blue Jackets blue line that has endured many already this season.
"Wiz .. he's going to be out over an extended period of time," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said.
With defenseman Jack Johnson out of the lineup at least another week with a right shoulder injury, the Blue Jackets are ravaged once again. Johnson and Wisniewski opened the season as the Blue Jackets' top pair, but were amicably separated a week or so ago.
Wisniewski's going to be a while, though the club hasn't stated a target return date. Johnson could return to skating next week, Richards said.
Anisimov was tied up with Kyle Quincey behind the Detroit net, Quincey fell on him and it appeared Anisimov's head hit the ice pretty hard.
Report from Larry Murphy who is between the benches is Anisimov was alert when taken off the ice.
added 8:52pm, This post was by me, Paul. I had posted the Abel to Yzerman blog tonight and forgot to sign out as the Chief and sign back in as me.
added 9:00pm, Here is a video of the injury and the Wings are now reporting Quincey suffered a lower-body injury on the play and will not return.
added 9:06pm, Video from the Columbus broadcast can be seen below...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
“I didn’t know it was coming, no,” Howson told The Dispatch Saturday in his first public comments since the firing. “But I wasn’t shocked by it, either, because you knew a new person (Davidson) was coming in and change was possible.
“Hey, I had 5 1/2 years here. I had a great opportunity. We didn’t win enough. And when you don’t have sustained success, you open yourself up to being replaced. It’s professional sports. We all know that going in.”
Howson said his conversation with Davidson on Tuesday was “professional and quick.”
“These things are never easy for anybody,” Howson said. “I’m disappointed, but I’m not mad. That’s not in me. John needed somebody in the GM’s chair that he’s completely comfortable with, and I respect and understand that.”
The Blue Jackets require most of their fired employees to sign agreements not to publicly disparage the club for at least a year after they are let go. In Howson’s case, it might not be an issue either way. Per his contract, he will be paid one year or more from the date of his firing, but he’s not bitter.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with Jarmo Kekalainen to serve as the club’s general manager, Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced today. Kekalainen, who has been the president and general manager of Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League since 2010, becomes the third general manager in Blue Jackets history.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced this evening that Scott Howson has been relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League club.
Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years,” said Davidson. “This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward. I have enjoyed working with Scott and want to thank him for his service.”
added 9:32pm, Who might replace Howson?
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