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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
“There are good stereotypes and bad, and most people focus on the bad,” said Slava Malamud, a senior writer for the Russian daily Sport Express and a correspondent for NHL.com.
Malamud, based in Washington, was in such a rush to get to Columbus to talk to Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, he got a speeding ticket from a firm-but-polite Ohio state trooper last week. Welcome to Ohio, Slava.
“With Russians, everyone is looking for lots of skill,” Malamud said. “Alexander Ovechkin has lots of skill, but he plays against type because he is driven by emotion. The prevailing stereotype is they are aloof, tough to figure out. They don’t always care as much because they are brought up with different values.”
The stereotype is a Cold War holdover that persists, nearly a quarter century after Alexander Mogilny defected. Russians are talented, but they hide behind a language barrier and do not care about their teammates. Right?
“During the Soviet era, the Olympics and the world championships meant much more than the Stanley Cup,” Malamud said. “That is changing. Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, these guys grew up wanting to win the Stanley Cup. It’s a totally different dynamic.”
Yet, the bias persists, even right here in Columbus. Pascal Leclaire, Alexandre Picard and Gilbert Brule are on a too-long list of Blue Jackets first-round picks who did not stick, but they were not lazy malcontents and team killers like Nikolay Zherdev and Nikita Filatov. Right?
Columbus Blue Jackets won in OT last night, Mike Haynes with the call...
Coyle received a match penalty and 5 for fighting and Anisimov did not return to the game.
First the Columbus broadcast followed by the Wild broadcast below.
Best to watch the replays from both feeds after the fight to get a better view of the hit.
Go behind the scenes and watch how an actual trade call is made, this one involves the Rangers and Blue Jackets.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.
On Wednesday, the New York Rangers sent right-winger Gaborik — who had to shift to left wing this season because Nash arrived on the scene on the No. 1 line — to the Blue Jackets.
OK, Rangers GM Glen Sather got tough winger Derek Dorsett (a possible captain to replace Nash), out for the season with a busted collarbone, defenceman John Moore (a former first-round draftpick ) and centre Derick Brassard (another suspect first-round pick from the past) for the unhappy Gaborik.
Gaborik didn’t like playing left wing. In Columbus, he’ll play wherever and with whomever he wants. He had to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Jackets, with the clock ticking on the deal. Maybe if the Jackets were as bad as last year (30th in points), he might have declined. But, the Jackets are the feel-good story of the season, in the playoff hunt, with virtually no offence. “Gaborik’s an explosive player,” said Jackets’ GM Jarmo Kekalainen, who had said that one of his three first-round picks in June (LA’s for Jeff Carter) was in play for a big trade. In the end, he’s kept all three first-rounders. His own, LA and the Rangers (Nash).
This is a coup for the Blue Jackets, who have been bottom-feeders for so long but suddenly find themselves in a playoff race, actually playing better than Nash’s Rangers.
Dreger on TSN says Gaborik has agreed to the trade, now paper work has to go through.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen wants to add some offensive firepower to his resurgent club, but he doesn’t want to trade a player off the current roster or give up a significant part of the club’s future.
“We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team.
“We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan.
“If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.”
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
They have plenty of trade fodder, beginning with the usual suspects: veterans such as winger Vinny Prospal, 38, who has a no-movement clause, and defenseman Adrian Aucoin, 39. They are classic rentals. Also, there is goaltender Steve Mason, 24, who may yet thrive in another environment. Somebody is going to take a shot with him. Somebody should.
Will anyone take the contract of defenseman James Wisniewski, who carries a $5.5 million cap hit through 2016-17, or that of winger R.J. Umberger ($4.6 million through 2016-17)? On the off chance the Blue Jackets can rid themselves of such contracts, do they not try?
The Jackets also have youth to offer. They have 19 players on their roster who are under 30, and 15 who are 25 or younger. It behooves management to listen to pitches for any of these young men, with two notable exceptions: Ryan Johansen, 20, who has the potential to be a No. 1 center, and Sergei Bobrovsky, 24, who could be a No. 1 goaltender. The Blue Jackets have been waiting forever to fill these critical positions.
Beyond issuing their standard phrases, Davidson and Kekalainen did drop hints about the way they are thinking.
Davidson pointed out that the salary cap is about to drop from $70 million to $64.3 million, and there will be teams that need to cut salaries this summer. That will make for a more robust trade market later rather than sooner.
The original call on the ice was goal.
At 17:33 of the second period in the Blue Jackets/Oilers game, video review determined that Columbus forward Matt Calvert used his skate to kick the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal Columbus.
Clune received 5 for interference, a 20 and game misconduct.
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