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“One thing I’ve prided myself on is never burning bridges or cutting ties, I love Columbus. I love the ownership. It’s just the time we were at … it wasn’t working. At the time, I thought that was best for my career, but I’ve never burned bridges. The McConnell family (which owns the team) made me into who I am today.”
“I don’t know if this sounds bad or not, but I’m really excited that the Blue Jackets are doing well and they’re in a good spot (in the standings). The fans deserve it. They’ve been through a lot with 13 seasons and only four playoff games.”
-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers. Nash will play in Columbus tomorrow for the first time since the trade. More from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
fromMichael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets outshot the Hurricanes 47-20. It was their highest shot count of the season....
The Blue Jackets outshot the Hurricanes 19-0 in the third period. It was only the third time in their history that they have held an opponent shotless in a period, and the first time in nearly seven years....
The Hurricanes scored on their first shot of the game.
The Jackets did not score until their final shot of the game.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes a demon temptress plays with your mind.
Once again, the earth moved in the Metropolitan Division. The New York Rangers won. The Philadelphia Flyers won in overtime. The Washington Capitals won in Anaheim. The Blue Jackets, who started the night one point out of second place, slipped to fourth in the division and eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
The short version: This morning, they are holding down the second wild card, even in points with the Capitals and one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
I have nothing against the shootout. In fact, I like it. I've never changed the channel when a game goes to the shootout and always notice that every fan is on their feet in an arena where a game goes to a shootout.
Still, I hated to see a great game between the San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets end in a shootout Thursday night. That one needed at least five more minutes of overtime, because the entertainment level was off the charts.
You had one of the West's hottest teams in San Jose exchanging punches with a Columbus team that is trying to prove to the world it's for real, in a Nationwide Arena that was absolutely electric. It didn't seem right that it ended the way it did, with a 4-3 shootout win for the Sharks.
But even in the loss, the Blue Jackets continued to bolster their case, and are now tied with the Rangers for second in the Metropolitan Division. Nationwide won't be an easy building to play in if the Blue Jackets make the playoffs.
more topics with Burnside on the Leafs, LeBrun on the Lightning and Strang on the Bruins...
"There have been a lot of ups and down here. The fans really want it bad. The support has been good. But we have to prove it, though. We have to continue to prove that this won't be a club that's just going to be a flash now and again. We've got to be a consistent team that plays a consistent game that has growth. It's a hard thing to do but that's the idea of us trying to get better."
-John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets. More on the Blue Jackets from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
Peverley collapsed in the bench area, can hear a pin drop in Dallas right now.
More information as it becomes available. Teams now heading to dressing room.
added 9:12pm, Dallas rink announcer updates the crowd with Peberley is conscious and has been taken to the hospital.
added 9:36pm, video of the incident below...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray will likely miss the rest of the regular season, and the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs should the Jackets qualify, after having knee surgery yesterday.
The official word is that Murray will miss 4-6 weeks. There are five weeks remaining until the regular season ends April 12 in Florida....
The Blue Jackets lost Fedor Tyutin to an ankle injury in the Olympics. Then Murray went down. On Thursday in Chicago, Nikita Nikitin suffered a head injury. He, too, will miss tonight's game in Nashville.
But Murray's lost has cast a pall over the club for the past 72 hours.
"You lose Tyutin and take Murray out of the lineup … that’s a lot of quality minutes," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "They were playing big minutes and tough minutes.
"Ryan's a young kid, so it’s something he’ll be able to get over. He still has a long career ahead of him. The impact right now … it’s a big impact. He was a real, real bright spot for us all year."
added 1:19pm, McKenzie says Columbus will pay large chunk of salary..
LAK press release below...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
It's only been two games since the Olympic break, and Gaborik should be afforded some "up-to-speed" time coming back from two substantial injuries. But not once has Gaborik and his skill set appeared to be a fit with the Blue Jackets' collection for forwards.
The Blue Jackets are 8-10-2 with him in the lineup this season. They're 22-15-3 when he doesn't play.
To be clear: Gaborik seems to genuinely like Columbus and he has used the word "love" to describe how he feels about his teammates. He's not the most charismatic guy in the room, but seems genuinely liked by teammates.
But here's where I think this is going ...
The Blue Jackets have no doubt taken or initiated calls on Gaborik in the weeks leading up to the deadline. The possible return is probably rather underwhelming for a player who has been hurt most of the season and is an unrestricted free agent. So, instead of a paltry return, why not keep Gaborik and see if something, finally, might click with him in the lineup.
more plus Columbus needs and trade options...
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
With one week to go before the NHL trade deadline, signs point to the Blue Jackets treating right wing Marian Gaborik like their own late-season acquisition, not like trade bait.
Gaborik said he expects to be medically cleared today before the Blue Jackets travel to New Jersey. The Jackets end a 19-day Olympic break when they play the Devils on Thursday at the Prudential Center.
There have been no contract talks between general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer, which typically is a sign that a pending unrestricted free agent, like Gaborik, is soon headed out of town. Although Kekalainen might still trade Gaborik, 32, he suggested strongly that he views Gaborik as the kind of highly skilled threat that his working-class team needs.
“I still don’t think we’ve seen the Marian Gaborik who can score big goals, and what he can mean to our power play, how he can create so much space for other guys on the ice,” Kekalainen said. “If he can play at the top of his game and bring that every night, he could be exactly what this team needs the rest of the way.
“He hasn’t lost the ability to score goals. He has been hurt; it has been unfortunate. But he’s still the same guy who scored all those goals. He’s not old. He’s worked his (butt) off to get back into our lineup.”
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