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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Johnson, who has represented the United States 10 times in various levels of international play, insisted that his frustration and disappointment will not affect his performance with the Blue Jackets, or the way he plays under Richards.
But he clearly feels he wasn’t fully supported by his coach and others within USA Hockey.
“I read the article that said three coaches unanimously left me off,” Johnson said, referring to a report by ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside, who chronicled the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to the final roster, including some stinging criticisms of certain players and details of how coaches and management voted.
“It’s over now. … Anything that’s said now is empty and meaningless. When I needed the belief and trust, I didn’t get it, and I didn’t get it when it counted from numerous people.”
“The team’s picked. I sat there and watched it on TV along with everybody else. That’s how I heard. From TV.”
The ESPN article never states that Richards voted against Johnson being on the team, but it does say in more than one instance that the coaching staff, as a whole, favored other players after Johnson got off to a poor start this season. Anaheim’s Cam Fowler claimed the last spot on defense.
Kreider received a major for boarding and a game. Tyutin did not return and post-game reports state he suffered a charley-horse
Up and over the shoulder of Brian Elliott...
Will post video when available...
added 3:05pm, The video explanation...
Derek MacKenzie of the Blue Jackets made the hit and Ekman-Larsson did not return to the game, Coyotes only announced upper-body injury.
No penalty for the hit but Keith Yandle and MacKenzie did receive five for fighting...
added 9:50am, via NHL.com, MacKenzie will have a hearing tomorrow,
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Nathan Horton, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and defenseman Dalton Prout off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Columbus has also reassigned forward Jonathan Marchessault, defenseman Tim Erixon and goaltender Mike McKenna to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Gaborik returned tonight from injury, but...
added 8:39pm, Watch below to see the Gaborik injury.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Marian Gaborik and defenseman James Wisniewski off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Both players are expected to return to action when Columbus hosts the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
After weeks of haggling between Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and then-Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson – did the Jackets want Carter or Mike Richards? would the Jackets include a prospect, first-round pick, and maybe another decent pick? – the two sides began to narrow in on a deal that would send promising left wing Jake Voracek, a first-round pick, and a third-round pick to the Flyers for the veteran Carter.
Holmgren hemmed and hawed for a few days until GMs began showing up in St. Paul and Minneapolis for the draft.
Holmgren called Howson the day before the draft in the morning to tell him he was ready to make the move, but not before he dropped a bombshell on Howson’s lap, one that staggered him and forced him to sit down:
“You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter (ital) and (end) Richards.
from Michael Arace of the Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
Remember that when Nash departed, there was talk that R.J. Umberger might be the next captain. Then, there was talk that Jack Johnson might be the guy. Umberger and Johnson are quality veterans but, I would submit, they are better as alternates. That is why neither wears the “C.”
Davidson, Kekalainen and company have said that going without a captain is not an issue. But it is. They know it because they are hockey people. Their team is inconsistent, in part, because it lacks a strong leader. This is not a new development in Columbus.
The right captain might be a guy like George Armstrong or Shane Doan, with leadership qualities that soar over physical ability. He might be a guy like Jean Beliveau or Joe Sakic, setting a high standard with dignity, class and ethereal talent. He might be a guy like Mark Messier, who could guarantee a victory and then back it up with a hat trick.
Does Brandon Dubinsky have enough game, or enough tact? Is there a man among the fuzz-faced — Ryan Johansen, Ryan Murray, Boone Jenner — who has the leadership chops?
The Blue Jackets have to get this right. Possibly, they will look for a bridge at the trade deadline or next summer, a respected veteran to wear the “C” until someone from the next generation presents himself.
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