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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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Blue Jackets Hurting

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Left winger Kristian Huselius and center Jiri Novotny will not play Tuesday in Detroit, The Dispatch has learned.

Huselius is a huge blow to the Blue Jackets, who are already low on top-six forwards. He sustained an apparent concussion on Saturday when he was cross-checked in the face by St. Louis Blues forward David Backes. He will not play Tuesday, but will be examined further later in the week.

Novotny might have a concussion, too. He was game-time decision in St. Louis, but was able to play. As the game wore on, he felt worse and worse. He’s the same as Huselius ... out for Tuesday, to be examined later in the week.

more on the Blue Jackets and if you missed the cross-check by Backes on Huselius, you can watch it below…

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Signs Of A Trade?

via Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Could some members of the Maple Leafs be fitted for a new jacket of the blue variety?

The Columbus Blue Jackets have had scouts shadowing several teams lately, and had two at the game Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.

Nik Antropov and defenceman Pavel Kubina are said to interest Jackets general manager Scott Howson. And you have to figure Leafs GM Brian Burke, now just over a month on the job, is dying to make a deal. Burke apparently has told the Jackets that he gladly will move players with contracts to get draft picks in return.

Columbus also has a big interest in New York Islanders centre Doug Weight, who said last week he does not want to be a rental again.

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Rookie Of The Month

NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2009)—Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason, who posted a 7-5-0 record with a 1.41 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and three shutouts in 12 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December. It marks the second consecutive month that Mason has earned top rookie honors and the third consecutive month a Blue Jackets player has done so, following Derick Brassard in October.

Mason edged St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (6-7—13 in 15 games), Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan (4-8—12 in 13 games), Boston Bruins left wing Blake Wheeler (5-6—11 in 13 games), Florida Panthers center Michael Frolik (4-7—11 in 14 games) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (3-6—9 in 11 games) for the award.

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Steve Mason With Another Shutout

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Less than an hour before 2008 turned to 2009 in the Eastern time zone, Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason played his way into the club’s record books during a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the Honda Center.

Mason made 27 saves for his third straight shutout, giving him 181 minutes, 59 seconds—and counting—without allowing a goal.

“I’ve never even had two shutouts in a row (before this),” Mason said. “It was a tight game. Very tight. The guys played great in front of me. I didn’t really have to make too many really good saves. It was a pretty routine game.”

read on for a game recap….

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Blue Jackets Looking At Trades To Improve Club

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

After an offseason roster overhaul, the Jackets find themselves next to last in the Western Conference, four points behind their pace from a season ago with a six-game road swing looming.

The second-year general manager said fan disappointment is understandable but that he supports the coaching staff and the team. He believes the Jackets can qualify for the playoffs as currently constructed, yet is working to improve the lineup after the loss of rookie center Derick Brassard to season-ending shoulder surgery.

The Dispatch has learned the Jackets have been in trade talks with six or seven teams. Howson would not confirm a total. The NHL’s holiday roster freeze ends tonight at 11:59.

“I still think we can make the playoffs with the team we have now,” he said. “But we are trying to tweak the roster for sure. We’ve had conversations (with other general managers) over the past week.”

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