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from Allison Lukan of FoxSports Ohio,
A cannon isn't something that goes on an everyday shopping list, but when the Columbus Blue Jackets decided they wanted one for Nationwide Arena, nothing was going to hold them back.
"In August of 2007, we got the message that the team wanted a cannon," said Mike Todd, who has served as the team's in-game arena host since 2003. "It had been tossed back and forth if we should get it or not to match the Civil War theme, and eventually they decided to go ahead."
Through an Internet search, a potential vendor was found. Todd and then-director of game operations Kimberly Kershaw packed their bags and headed to meet Chris Olson, who built cannons for Civil War reenactments, in Pontoon Beach, Ill., about fifteen miles northeast of St. Louis.
"We pull up to this place, it's out of the way, off a gravel road and there's an older gentleman who looked like a Civil War soldier himself," Todd said. "He said, 'Yeah, I build cannons and I've got one here if you want to take a look at it.'"
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
The Blue Jackets have been staggered by injuries, absences and an ever-changing roster throughout training camp. But the biggest blow might have come today, on the eve of the season opener on Thursday at Buffalo.
Center Brandon Dubinsky had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia this morning and is expected to miss six weeks, Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said....
The heart-and-soul forward joins a list of injured players that includes left wing Boone Jenner (broken left hand), right wing Nathan Horton (back), defenseman Ryan Murray (knee) and forward Brian Gibbons (undisclosed).
“It’s a big blow,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “But I feel good about this group. We’d like to have Brandon in the lineup, but I think everyone deals with injuries at different times in the season. We’ve just got to deal with an injury right now.”
a bit more on the Blue Jackets...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
This Blue Jackets' training camp should have been sponsored by Barnum and Bailey. The circus continued on Tuesday, with another injury to a key player and an out-of-nowhere waiver claim.
On Monday, Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky left practice after only 10 minutes. He was described as "banged up, nicked up" by coach Todd Richards.
This morning, Richards acknowledged it's more serious. This afternoon, the club placed Dubinsky on injured reserve and proclaimed him "out indefinitely" because of a lower-body injury.
continue for more on the Blue Jackets...
COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with center Ryan Johansen on a three-year contract, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
“Ryan is an important member of the Blue Jackets family and we are pleased to have reached agreement on a contract with him through the 2016-17 season,” said Kekalainen. “We’ve always believed that Ryan has the chance to be a very special player and are confident that his continued growth and development will be an important part of our team’s success now and in the future.”
Jenner will be out for another month. Horton is out indefinitely. Johansen? Who knows? Given these verities and unknowns, it is advisable for Blue Jackets fans to temper their hopes for the foreseeable future. They have a competent, hard-working team to root for, and they have Sergei Bobrovsky, but they are not the power they can, and might yet be, and they are no longer a surprise.
-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this topic.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner underwent surgery today on a broken hand and is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced.
Jenner suffered the injury when he was struck by a puck in practice on Sunday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Gary Millard at OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Is Johansen ready to say, “I’m a Blue Jacket. The regular season starts in a week. My teammates need me. Do a deal.”?
Or, is Johansen hurt enough, and angry enough, to sit out until Dec. 1, at which point he must sign or miss the entire season?
Is he ready to turn his back on $3 million plus, on principle?
Such questions must be considered in a worst-case scenario.
Maybe Johansen caves and comes back out of shape and has an awful season. Or, maybe he demands a trade. Why play for a team that is stubborn enough to make an example out of its best offensive player? What star, or future star, would want to play for such a team?
The Blue Jackets are saying, “We’re adhering to small-market budget practices to ensure our long-term health. We have other centers. Joey can sign for whatever we put on the table or he can sit for as long as he wants, and we’re not trading him.”
Of course, none of this will have any impact on the team’s on-ice fortunes. The players don’t even talk about it in the locker room. Naaaah, of course they don’t.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Columbus Blue Jackets resumed negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Monday and they were "very polite, well mannered," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Tuesday after the NHL Board of Governors meeting.
Davidson said negotiations were expected to resume Tuesday between the Blue Jackets and Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, but Davidson did not have an update because he was in meetings here. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekelainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito were handling the negotiations from Columbus' side....
Asked Tuesday if the organization favors a shorter term deal at this point, Davidson said, "A deal would interest us.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The hits keep on coming for the Blue Jackets, and the real games haven’t started yet.
Left wing Boone Jenner is expected to miss significant time because of a broken left hand, an injury suffered when he was struck by a puck on Sunday during practice. Jenner will have more tests this week to determine the severity of the break and how much time he will miss, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.
The break is below his middle finger, likely the capitate, which can take six to eight weeks to heal.
Jenner’s absence means the Blue Jackets’ entire projected No. 1 forward line is out. Center Ryan Johansen is embroiled in a contract dispute with the club, missing his 12th day of camp today. Right wing Nathan Horton has skated since suffering a back injury while jogging this summer in Florida, but there is no timetable for his return. A source said he hasn’t seen any improvement.
“That’s why we have a second line, a third line and a fourth line,” Kekalainen said. “It’s an opportunity for some of our other guys now.”
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