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Nash Goes On IR

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Rick Nash on Injured Reserve retroactive to January 6 and recalled forward Derek MacKenzie from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

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According To Sources

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Reports out of Columbus have said Foote not only threatened to be a bad teammate and not have his heart in it if he stayed with the Blue Jackets, but he had a plane set up to take him to his reunion with the Avalanche, even before the deadline deal was consummated….

Those who made charges about Foote while insisting on anonymity are gutless. This isn’t “a State Department official,” with tacit approval from above, discussing Mideast policy with the media. Neither is this something as benign as “sources” disclosing that the Jackets are set to hire John Doe as an assistant coach; this is “sources” making reputation-damaging allegations.

Granted, hockey journalism often doesn’t set the bar high for “sourcing.” A “source” can be not just a league or team official, but also an assistant trainer’s brother-in-law’s barber . . . or a dart board. I’m not saying it’s that bad in the Foote imbroglio, but the use of unnamed sources, likely with axes grinding, for much of the material undercuts the credibility.

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Columbus Could Use Sanford But Forget Spezza

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Within the next few days, the Vancouver Canucks are expected to relieve their logjam at goaltender by trading Curtis Sanford. The Blue Jackets are a possible destination.

The Blue Jackets need depth at goaltending. That’s pretty clear. Behind Steve Mason, they have Pascal Leclaire (gimpy ankle) and Dan LaCosta, who has 34 minutes of NHL experience….

Also, pay no mind to the rumors out of Ottawa. The Blue Jackets have no interest in acquiring center Jason Spezza and his $8 million contract.

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Mason Looking At Major Awards

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

Forget all that stuff you’ve heard lately about Columbus rookie Steve Mason being a late-entry candidate for the Calder Trophy. If he keeps playing even close to the way he has through 24 games, he’ll win the Vezina as the NHL’s top goalie and the Hart as the league’s most valuable player.

No player in the history of the league has won those three awards in the same season, so we truly are seeing a phenomenal story in the making.

Consider the undisputable facts. Mason spent the first month of the season in the American League as Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena patrolled the crease for the Blue Jackets. It wasn’t until Nov. 5 the 20-year-old Mason got his first start of the season. He started off with three straight wins and six of nine.

Then Mason got hot.

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Another Blue Jacket May Be Hurt

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Just spoke with GM Scott Howson in the lobby restaurant of the Blue Jackets team hotel. Goaltender Steve Mason is questionable for tonight’s game vs. Washington with upper body “tightness.”

update 7:10pm, Mason is in the lineup.

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NHL Teleconference with Rick Nash

Today, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash participated in a NHL teleconference with the media.  Here is a transcript of that Q&A session.

Q.    What defenseman, past or present, has presented you with your biggest challenge?

RICK NASH: I’m going to say Chris Pronger. Pretty tough guy to play against. Adam Foote has been really tough. It was nice when we had him on our team. You know, usually the bigger, stronger guys are usually the guys I find tough to play against.

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Trade Talks May Be Dying Down For Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

I don’t see a trade going down anytime soon. Not unless something drastic happens in the next two or three days. Let’s face it, the Blue Jackets have only draft picks to trade. Why would teams trade the roster players for a second-round draft pick in the middle of January? Perhaps a better offer will come along in February or early March, right before the NHL trade deadline. Right now, they’ll only trade them for picks if they “win” the deal.

more on the Blue Jackets, specifically all of their injuries…

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Blue Jackets Recall Filatov

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Nikita Filatov from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov, 18, recently tallied 8-3-11, six penalty minutes and was +3 in seven games for Russia at the 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as team captain and finishing among the tournament’s top goal scorers (first-tied) and point producers (fourth-tied). He was named to the All-Tournament Team and led Russia to the bronze medal.

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Nash Out For Columbus

Rick Nash slid into the boards during the first period of the Columbus/Wings game tonight.

He made it through the first period but is doubtful for the rest of the night, getting ice treatments to his ankle.

added 10:25pm, Puck-rakers is saying it is not an ankle injuiry as reported earlier.

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Blue Jackets Trade Talk

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Here’s what we know:

1. Permission has been granted from management to spend more money. This should be welcomed by Blue Jackets fans, and it now firmly shifts the pressure toward Howson.

2. Howson has spoken with numerous GMs around the league, letting them know what the Blue Jackets have to offer and what they want. Toronto, Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders have been contacted by Howson. It is likely that other teams have heard from him, as well.

The guess here is that the Blue Jackets will address their need for a center first. That’s the most immediate need.

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