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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?
NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky has been fined $10,000, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi in NHL Game #131 in Columbus on Tuesday, February 5, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 11:29 of the second period. Dubinsky was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct.
The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
If you missed the hit, you can view it here.
Bob Miller says it best... "You can tie a guy up you don't have to run him through the boards."
I've always said you can take the guy out of the play but there is no need to try and take him out of the game too.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Jack Johnson, on how the Buckeye fans have treated a Michigan man: “Oh, they’ve been awesome, actually. I was expecting my fair share of kidding, and I’ve gotten that, but honestly they couldn’t have been nicer. I went to the Michigan – Ohio State game, and everyone’s welcomed me with open arms. It’s pretty overwhelming, actually.”
Johnson, on whether he flies a Michigan flag at home in Columbus: “I’ve got Michigan license plates. I’ll hang my Michigan flag on Football Saturdays. I actually grew up a big Andy Katzenmoyer fan, who was a middle linebacker for Ohio State. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for Ohio State. Everyone’s treated me better than I could’ve asked for.”
Johnson, on playing against the Kings and scoring a goal in a win over L.A. last March:
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
“We’re 10 games in, but I think I’ve seen the good and the bad,” Davidson said. “When we’ve played to our max, we’ve played hard and with some passion, and when we do that, we play well defensively. That’s our reality. That is what we have to be. When we don’t care of the little details, the fundamentals, we don’t play well.”
He likes to say that this is a brick-by-brick project, and, for the time being, he is sticking with the bricks he has on hand. Although defensemen James Wisniewski, Nikita Nikitin and Adrian Aucoin are shelved with injuries, there is no impetus to make a deal to shore the position. Rather, Davidson wants to get a read on Tim Erixon, David Savard and Nick Holden.
“There is some growth to be had and we’ve got to see who is going to show that they have a good, strong future here,” Davidson said.
Davidson is selling this to season-ticket holders with the catchphrase, “Come grow with us.” He sold the same thing in St. Louis. The process begins with a clean slate, for all players — including goalie Steve Mason, who was sterling in a victory over Detroit on Saturday night.
added 2/3/13 at 5:57am
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards let it be known last night that he has no interest in coaching the NHL’s lovable losers, a club full of players looking to lean on the closest excuse.
After a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild before 17,584 in Xcel Energy Center — a game in which the Blue Jackets ended their woeful power-play slump and sneaked back from a 2-0 deficit — Richards lashed out at his team for putting in a half-day’s work.
“We played 30 minutes of hockey,” Richards said. “We played the first 10 minutes, and then we played the last 20. We tie it up and you want the point or the two points, but when you sit back and think about the game and how it went, how we played … In the end we got exactly what we deserved, because we weren’t good enough for 60 minutes.”
Was fatigue to blame? “Nope,” Richards said.
Was confidence lacking? Richards kept going.
I think it is about time the NHL allows repaly on calls like this. We seen too many of these types of calls or non-calls so early in the season.
from Micael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
A year ago, the most ardent Blue Jackets supporters were organizing a protest to express the sentiment that they loved the team but did not care for its management. Another coach had been fired. The team was on its way to a last-place finish. Rick Nash, the disgruntled captain, was about to request a trade. Then there was the lockout.
Last night, the healing process began with the home opener against the Detroit Red Wings in Nationwide Arena.
The Arena District was alive with people jamming its restaurants and bars. It was good to see and feel again. The building was packed, in part thanks to a two-for-one ticket promotion. The pregame energy was palpable, fed by one of those slick introductory videos splashed across the new, massive, high-definition scoreboard screens.It felt good to see the Zambonis chug across the ice. It remains a mesmerizing experience.
For pregame warm-ups, the Jackets sported identical jerseys, each with No. 1 and “Thank You Fans” emblazoned on the back. (Some wag tweeted, “A whole team of Steve Masons!”) Those jerseys were autographed and given away to fans after the game — one of many promotions the team is issuing as a peace offering to the faithful.
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