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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.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
“Our game has taken a more direct rout,” Richards said. “I don’t know if it’s been because (Marian’s) been out. We’ve done a lot of growing, I think, as a team, and it just happened that he was injured. I don’t know if that’s the reason why.”
The Blue Jackets have found success the past two years as a dump-and-chase club with a strong forecheck.
The words dump and chase are not in Gaborik’s vocabulary. One of the most explosive skaters in the NHL, he likes to carry the puck through the neutral zone and use his speed — the threat of getting behind the opposing defense — to create space for himself and others.
With Gaborik in the lineup, the Blue Jackets have often looked out of sorts. Not just because of Gaborik and his play, but with other players trying to incorporate Gaborik, often seeming to defer to him.
“You can see (that without Gaborik in the lineup), there’s more of a thought process of (getting) the puck deep, forechecking and playing hard that way,” Richards said, “instead of a skill set through the neutral zone and trying to carry it in and make plays.”
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll will be sidelined three to four months following surgery to repair a torn tendon in his ankle, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Greg Berlet at OhioHealth’s Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center on Monday.
“Our initial hope was that Jared would be able to return to the lineup with rest and rehabilitation, but it became apparent over the past few days that surgery was the best course of action,” said Kekalainen. “We’re disappointed for Jared as he has worked very hard and is an important part of our team, but we expect him to make a full recovery and hopefully return to the lineup later this season.”
Boll, 27, has appeared in 21 games this season, scoring one goal and adding 38 penalty minutes. He was placed on Injured Reserve on November 26 retroactive to November 22 when he logged 9:07 of ice time at Vancouver.
via the Situation Blog at NHL.com,
At 19:14 of the first period in the Jets/Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Winnipeg net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Columbus forward Matt Calvert made incidental contact with goalie Al Montoya, preventing Montoya from doing his job in the crease. This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty, no goal Columbus.
via RIA NOVOSTI,
Nikita Nikitin, a defenseman playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, has told R-Sport he refuses to learn English as he can always rely on fellow Russian teammates.
Nikitin has played in the NHL since 2010 but admitted – in Russian – that “my English isn’t getting any better.”
Russians in the NHL are regularly criticized for their perceived failure to adapt.
“You always hear Russian in the team, although because of that I should admit I don’t learn English,” he said. “I understand everything I need to, but I can still only speak with difficulty. But there are always guys around who give me prompts.”
There are three other Russians on the Columbus roster besides Nikitin: goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, defenseman Fedor Tyutin and forward Artem Anisimov.
from Lucas Sullivan of the Columbus Dispatch,
A citizens’ group has turned in petitions seeking a public vote to stop the city from paying on its purchase contract for Nationwide Arena.
The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government submitted 17,200 signatures to the Columbus City Clerk office today to amend the purchase ordinance and stop payments to purchase the arena by Jan. 2016....
Owners of the Columbus Blue Jackets urged for the public purchase because the team was losing money. The deal saved the Blue Jackets about $9.5 million a year and allows the team to keep all concession and parking revenue from hockey-related events. The team agreed to remain in Columbus through 2039 under the deal.
City and county officials said keeping the team solvent is important because of the revenue generated in and around the Arena District.
Opponents called the purchase a bailout and said the public should have been given a vote on public financing for an arena.
“This is not about the Blue Jackets, we say ‘go Jackets,’ ” said coalition president Jonathan Beard in a news release. “This is about what we believe to have been an abuse of the public’s trust in Columbus City Council.”
Watch how Bobrovsky was injured here.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had made 18 saves and was trending toward his second shutout of the season. But at 4:13 of the third, he used his glove to snuff out a J.T. Brown breakaway, then toppled to the ice and stayed there, flat on his belly.
Roar. Then … gulp.
Bobrovsky was helped off the ice by two teammates, putting no weight on his left leg. An MRI awaits on Wednesday.
“Obviously it was a leg injury, and when he comes out like that you’re a bit unsure,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “I don’t know if we’ll have an answer today, but within the next few days we’ll have a better idea (of how serious it is).”
The Blue Jackets are not commenting further. Neither are those in Bobrovsky’s camp.
more and below watch how the injury occurred...
Nick Foligno of the Blue Jackets goes with the between the legs shot to beat Ben Bishop.
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