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Blue Jackets Lose Jan Hejda To Knee Injury

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets defenseman Jan Hejda is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with a sprained left knee, The Dispatch has learned.

Hejda was injured with 1:24 remaining in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Calgary in Nationwide Arena, when he and Flames winger Curtis Glencross inadvertantly collided—left knee on left knee—as they crossed through the slot in the Flames’ end….

It’s a huge blow for the Blue Jackets, who already are without defenseman Mike Commodore because of a groin injury. Hejda and Commodore formed the Blue Jackets No. 1 defensive pair last season.

Hejda has a plus-8 rating in five games this season, tied with Dallas Nicklas Grossman for tops in the NHL.

a bit more...

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Filatov = Zherdev?

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock and his 19-year-old rookie Nikita Filatov met for more than 10 minutes at center ice this morning as the players swirled around them. It was a fascinating scene as Hitchcock, at times tapping his stick on the ice, conveyed what’s expected of the talented Filatov.

By all accounts, it was a healthy and constructive chat.

The coach let Filatov know he would be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game. He also emphasized that Filatov needs to be more competitive on the puck. A smiling Filatov said Hitchcock told him he’s been getting “worse,’’ over the course of the four games. Never mind his ice time has been decreasing each night. Hitchcock wants Filatov thinking “quality over quantity.”

But the most interesting element—and I don’t want to reveal too much because columnist Bob Hunter will be writing about the topic for Wednesday—is that both player and coach conceded that Nikolai Zherdev has been discussed in relation to Filatov’s development.


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Hordichuk Hit On Boll

via Aaron Portzline’s Twitter,

NHL’s Colin Campbell offers “no comment” on any possible discipline of VAN’s Darcy Hordichuk following hit on Jared Boll Monday.

You decide…

added 4:16pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Did you see Darcy Hordichuk’s hit last night on Jared Boll? I did and I don’t like it.


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Evening Line

“We had a good practice yesterday and guys were jumping again today.  But from everything you read in the paper, we better be jumping because it seems like every time we come into this building there’s a crisis and we end up in the middle of the damned crisis.”

“I wish it was just a normal time, just a normal game but we seem to come in here always when they’re trying to right their ship.

“This is three times in a row we’ve done this and we don’t want to be the brunt of it again.”

-Columbus Coach Ken Hitchcock talking about facing the Canucks tonight.  More by Gordon McIntyre at the White Towel.

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Columbus Extends Klesla

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Rostislav Klesla to a four-year contract extension that will keep the club’s first-ever Entry Draft pick with the organization through the 2013-14 season, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

        Klesla, 27, has registered 36 goals and 79 assists for 115 points with 456 penalty minutes in 444 career games with the Blue Jackets.  The club’s first pick, fourth overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft currently stands second in franchise history in games played (David Vyborny, 543) and penalty minutes (Jody Shelley, 1,025) and is the club’s all-time leader among defensemen in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes.  In 2001-02, he was selected to the National Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team.

        “Rusty is an original Blue Jacket who over the years has grown and become a leader for our hockey club,” said Howson.  “It was important for our organization and for Rusty that he continue to be a vital part of what we are building here.”

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Blue Jackets Get Their Power Play Point Man

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Yesterday, less than a week before the season opens, Howson got his man. The Blue Jackets acquired Stralman, 23, from the Flames for a thirdround draft pick in 2010.

“Anton fits a critical need on our roster,” Howson said. “He’s got puckmoving ability and power-play potential. He’s a right-(hand) shot, too, which is a nice bonus.

“He’s still a young player in the league, so he has a lot of upside, too.”...

“I was kind of shocked by the trade. I was really surprised,” Stralman said. “But it feels all good. I feel it’s a great opportunity for me.

“I’m not really aware of the situation in Columbus, other than to say it’s a really young, talented team and Rick Nash is a superb player.”


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Stralman Traded To Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Anton Stralman from the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in the 2010 entry draft, The Dispatch has learned.


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A Three Team Race In The Central Division

Lyle Richardson for Fox Sports says Chicago, Detroit and Columbus will battle for first in the division with Chicago taking the title.

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All These Injuries

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets top four defensemen are all sidelined with nagging strains to the groin or hip flexors and management wants to determine if that’s more than coincidence.

Add Rusty Klesla (hip flexor), Mike Commodore (groin) and Marc Methot (hip flexor) to a growin list that already includes Fedor Tyutin (hip flexor) and forward R.J. Umberger (hip flexor)....

General manager Scott Howson is seeking answers. With the help of the coaching staff, medical staff and players, he’s trying to figure out what’s at the root of the problem. Howson even has taken to calling around the league to see if other teams are sustaining similar injuries. He said Phoenix and Minnesota are dealing with the same issues.

Among the possibilities:

—Ice quality in various rinks, including the Dispatch Ice Haus.

—The high pace to the start of camp, which included intra-squad games on the first two days and an exhibition game in Pittsburgh on the third.


While on the Blue Jackets topic, Doug MacLean on Fan590 today mentioned Columbus is trying to find a dman to run the point on the power play.  Both Raffi Torres and Jason Chimera are being offered, but no takers so far.

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How To Explain This To The Kids

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Ever been in a situation where what you’ve believed for so long is suddenly compromised? Well, that’s the experience I had this weekend.

Saturday night, I chaperoned a team of 11-year olds in Nashville as the Predators took on the Columbus Blue Jackets….

Sistito challenged a proven pugilist in Tootoo, which is a very common occurrence in preseason games as it is a way for a young player to show his coach that he’s ready to fulfill a role on the team. Tootoo obliged, which is also common practice for players of his ilk. It’s an unspoken bond of mutual respect. How else is a kid gong to show his mettle if vets decline the willing challenge?

Not surprisingly, the fans rose and cheered as the two exchanged punches. Sistito had an early advantage, raining blows on the smaller Tootoo. But, as so often happens, the veteran weathered the onslaught and started to pummel the wearied youngster, whose helmet came off.

Then it happened.

read on including video of the fight which I also embedded below…

Continue Reading »

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