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Boughner Has His Hands On Two Teams

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Bob Boughner has spent the past eight months moving between parallel hockey universes.

In theory, his commute requires the occasional four-hour drive, a valid passport and the patience to endure the whimsy of customs agents on either side of the Ambassador Bridge. But the separate worlds competing for Boughner’s attention are vastly contrasting and equally challenging.

On any given day, he is helping to rebuild one of the NHL’s most anonymous franchises and maintain one of North America’s most successful junior programs. His dual jobs require him make do with a modest talent pool in Columbus, while overseeing an operation in Windsor that churns out NHL lottery picks such as Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler.

Such is the double life of Boughner, the Blue Jackets assistant coach and Windsor Spitfires co-owner and president. It is a life of long hours, endless meetings and a marriage to twin devotions with a wife and four kids tossed into the mix.


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  Tags: bob+boughner, windsor+spitfires

These Numbers Tell You A Lot About Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

34 - after 10 seasons in the NHL, only one Blue Jackets defenseman, Jaroslav Spacek in 2002-03, has exceeded 34 points in a season

13 - this marked the eighth time in 10 seasons the Blue Jackets have finished 13th or lower in the 15-team Western Conference

6 - there are six clubs the Blue Jackets have never finished ahead of in the standings: Calgary, Detroit, New Jersey, New York Rangers, San Jose and Vancouver.

2 - only two organizations have missed the playoffs at both the NHL and AHL levels the past two seasons - Columbus and Toronto

1 - the Blue Jackets had one regulation win in the final 22 games of the season

more of a season review of the Blue Jackets…

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Video- Hejda Gets Two Games For Flying Elbow

via Aaron Portzline tweet,

#CBJ D Jan Hejda will be suspended two games by NHL for his elbow to the head of Chicago’s Marcus Kruger.

Scroll to the :17 second mark to see the hit.

added 1:23pm, Read the NHL release below…

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  Tags: jan+hejda

Can Blue Jackets Correct Their Mistakes?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

There were compelling rumors that Howson had a playoffs-or-pink-slip ultimatum riding on this season. Would it not behoove ownership to respond to a dwindling fan base and act?

If there are any changes coming to the hockey department, Howson will make them.

As he should.

“Everyone is frustrated with the overall performance,” (Mike) Priest (team President) said yesterday. “Not making the playoffs is a major disappointment for the entire organization.”

However . . .

“This is a people business and people make mistakes, but the total of what has happened is improvement,” Priest said. “We’re nowhere close to where we want to be, to our ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup, but we’re headed in the right direction.

“To disrupt anything would be just that - a disruption. And right now, it would be a non-prudent move to disrupt the organization.”

Well said.

read on

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Split the Standings: The First 41 vs. Games 42-Now

Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.

But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.

Have a look, after the jump:

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Morning Line

“There is no question that Scott (Howson) is coming back.  He is the general manager of this team. I know there are people creating rumors, but Scott is our general manager and he will be back as our general manager. There’s nothing more to it.”

-Mike Priest, President of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  More from Tom Reid of Puck-Rakers.

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Columbus Can’t Afford To Leave Points On The Table

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

The loss was their third straight and easily their poorest effort among the three.

“We didn’t come to compete,” coach Scott Arniel said. “We didn’t win many one-on-one battles, our power-play (0-of-5) stunk. We did a lot of ugly things tonight, really out of character of what we’ve been doing the last month and a half.”

Mason surrendered three goals in 21 minutes in a city that’s becoming his own private Nashville. The Jackets’ offense, meanwhile, is withering at the most inopportune time. They’ve scored just five goals in the three road defeats.

“These were critical points we had to have tonight,” R.J. Umberger said.


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Video- Hall Hurts Ankle In Fight With Dorsett

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers’ rookie Taylor Hall said Thursday morning that he had only been in two junior fights in his hockey life and didn’t like his chances with the bigger boys in the NHL, but after one goal and a dazzling rush later, Hall shockingly dropped the mitts with one of the toughest pound-for-pound customers, Derek Dorsett, eight hours later.

Give Hall an A for bravery, but an F for foolishness after he exchanged punches with the Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward, who’s had 14 fights this season. Hall hung in after instigating the scrap in the wake of a hard Dorsett hit along the boards, but fell to the ice, landed awkwardly and injured his left ankle. There was no immediate word on how badly he was hurt but it didn’t look good as he limped to the dressing room.

continue for more on the game… and watch the fight below….

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  Tags: derek+dorsett, taylor+hall

Modin Traded to Calgary Flames

via Sportsnet television, Atlanta trades Fredrik Modin to the Calgary Flames

Details to follow.

From TSN:

The Calgary Flames have acquired the services of forward Fredrik Modin from the Atlanta Thrashers for a seventh-round pick in 2011

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Phoenix/Columbus Trade - Klesla to Phoenix

From Nick Kypreos on Sportsnet TV: Rusty Klesla to Phoenix for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto.

Update 12:53pm ET: Confirmed also by Bob McKenzie via Twitter and on air at TSN

Update 1:17pm ET: Press Release from Phoenix—

(GLENDALE, ARIZONA) -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Rostislav Klesla (RAHS-tih-slav, KLEHS-luh) and forward Dane Byers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Scottie Upshall and defenseman Sami Lepisto.



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  Tags: rostislav+klesla, sami+lepisto, scottie+upshall

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