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Rivet Claimed By Columbus

per Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Blue Jackets claim Rivet off re-entry

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Will Disappointment Continue In Columbus?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Little dark clouds still waft about Nationwide Arena. Be gone with them.

Blue Jackets president Mike Priest, normally an affable sort, looks like he won’t be able to get the corn crop in the ground. General manager Scott Howson is beginning to stoop as the trade deadline nears and pressure mounts. Coach Scott Arniel is wearing his David Puddy face and growling at reporters for like, reporting.

In the stands, many fans - especially the season-ticket holders - are wondering about their investment. A decade of disappointment weighs on their thinking. How can it not?

The only place in the building where anyone is smiling is the locker room.

Someone believes. It’s the players. Viva yo.


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Brassard Goes On IR

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Derick Brassard on injured reserve, Blue Jackets Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Brassard was injured in the first period of last night’s game vs. the Los Angeles Kings and is expected to be sidelined at least two to three weeks.

Brassard, 23, has tallied 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points with 47 penalty minutes in 57 games this season, setting career highs in goals and points. He is tied for the club lead with five power play goals, ranks second (tied) in assists and game-winning goals (three) and third in goals and points. Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft has registered 34-68-102 and 118 penalty minutes in 184 career NHL games.

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Make A Deal Or Not

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

And even if the suddenly-hot Jackets don’t need to make a deal - hey, they are 8-3-2 in their past 13 games - everybody wants them to make one. It’s human nature. Two weeks before the trade deadline, other teams in the Western Conference have started making deals - the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks, to be specific - and it’s only natural to assume that if the Jackets don’t do something to keep up with their neighbors, they risk being left behind.

My feelings are no different. I’d like to see the Jackets trade a third-round draft pick and a couple of spare parts for a perennial All-Star or two, but I guess I’m also a bit of a contrarian. Even if it sometimes seems as if general manager Scott Howson moves at the speed of a glacier - if you’re looking for him to give the Jackets a couple of upgrades on the blue line, check back here in 100,000 years - I find myself agreeing with him most of the time.

A bad deal is worse than no deal. Sure, it might be good if Howson could show his team he’s trying hard to help by swinging a trade for a player or two, but the idea of trading Jake Voracek or Steve Mason on a flier seems crazy unless he can truly get value in return.

read on

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Matt Cooke Hit On Fedor Tyutin Tonight

14:42 Pittsburgh Matt Cooke: 5 minutes, charging
14:42 Pittsburgh Matt Cooke: 5 minutes, fighting
14:42 Columbus Derick Brassard: 5 minutes, fighting
14:42 Columbus Derick Brassard: 2 minutes, roughing

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Video- R.J. Umberger With The Hit Of The Night

Brent Seabrook is the recipient.

added 8:03am, Another big hit last night was Ovechkin on Subban, which you can watch below…


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Will Columbus Make The Playoffs?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets are 23-21-5, with 51 points. They are in 13th place in the Western Conference, five points in back of eighth-place San Jose and seventh-place Chicago.

The West is wild. It is stacked with quality teams, tightly clustered. Of the 15 teams in the conference, 14 are either holding a playoff position or are within five points of eighth place. Nine points separate No.4 Nashville from No.13 Columbus. Only Edmonton is in draft mode.

Five points out of eighth with 33 games to go this is doable, is it not?

The task might be too tall. Five points seems a slight spread, but it is not, not in the big picture. The Jackets have as many points as the 14th-place (next-to-last) team in the conference. Can they jump five teams, including the Los Angeles Kings - who have played well below potential?


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Columbus Optimistic Their Ice Will Be Ready

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

In order to prepare the ice for an NHL game after a five-day run of Disney On Ice, the ice surface needed to be shaved down so the Disney logos could be removed and the hockey markings (lines, hashmarks, dots, etc.) could be re-exposed, along with the neutral zone advertisements.

But a portion of the ice surface melted overnight after a hot-water flush under the rink somehow drained back onto the ice. It wasn’t noticed until workers arrived this morning, and it drew quite a lot of interest.


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Tough But Fair Coaching Style

from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,

The most celebrated coaches ignore the weight of the world. Instead, they use the weight above the world to their advantage. Like air pressure, they press around their players on all sides, demanding the best, settling for nothing less.

Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel sees that pressure utilized by the most successful sports franchises, including his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, and he is pushing a similar constant and relentless force upon his players. He calls them out publicly and does not shy from labeling them soft when the description fits. Mostly, he is establishing an all-encompassing environment of expectation from which no player can escape. That he does so evenly is to his credit.

Thirty minutes before donning a Steelers hat and walking into the media interview room in Nationwide Arena yesterday, Arniel discussed how his admiration of tough but fair coaches has shaped his strategy.


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Hit Detroit To Beat Detroit?

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

The Jackets were credited with 43 hits last night as compared to 19 for the Wings. That total seems inflated, but the Jackets were the aggressors.

This morning, several players spoke on the topic.

“I think we are just playing harder against them,” Jackets alternate captain R.J. Umberger said. “We knew we needed to do it and now we are doing it. Last night, we saw some frustration in them. They were hitting us back with their sticks and stuff. Maybe we were getting to them, but that’s how you have to play against these guys. You got to get in their heads and frustrate them and slow them down.

“We’ve had three tough games against them and I think they have a sense of how we want to play against them.”

Here is Jared Boll’s take:

“The only way for us to beat these guys is to be physical with them. When you see their skill players taking shots back at us you know you got under their skin a bit and that’s a good sign.”


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