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Montreal Media Gets To Brassard

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard said he did not sleep well last night, and he woke early this morning. The torment was caused by an interview Brassard gave to Montreal radio station CKAC on Monday evening.

Brassard apologized profusely this morning. He could have chosen his words more carefully, Brassard agreed. But he also said the radio station misconstrued his words and inaccurately portrayed his comments when they posted them on their Web page.

“It’s not something I said that I would take back, but it’s something I would do with other words,” Brassard said. “I didn’t express myself well, and the Montreal media ... they tried to get a headline of me.”...

But here is Brassard’s take, first to the issue that the Blue Jackets should be lumped in with the Atlantas, Floridas and Phoenixes of the world as potential clubs that could relocate to Quebec.

“They ask me a question of the fans and the low attendance in the stands,” Brassard said, “and my answer was ‘Right now we’re not playing well at home, so there’s pretty much no atmosphere. The fans are mad about last year, and we need a better record if they’re going to be behind us.”

The other question was the nuclear bomb, one which Brassard didn’t quite defuse.

“The other question was ‘Are the owners behind your team?’

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Video- Talyor Hall With His First NHL Goal

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Cut From The Same Mold

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Zherdev has one goal in eight games with the Flyers. They are expecting more from him, obviously. GM Paul Holmgren, asked about how Zherdev was doing, basically said it’s early yet. Zherdev hasn’t had much ice time, he hasn’t been inserted on the power play and he doesn’t kill penalties. The rhythm isn’t there, but it’s early yet.

Filatov played well in Sweden but has had his ice time progressively cut. He was demoted to the fourth line three games ago because the 06-07-08 line, with Derek Brassard and Jake Voracek, wasn’t clicking - and Filatov wasn’t paying enough heed in his own end. Sound familiar?

The NHL is a Canada-centric league. In the past, European players, and Russians in particular, have been misused and unfairly singled out for criticism. There is still some of that going around, but the dual standard has softened as generations of Europeans, with an array of qualities, have infiltrated the league. What Philly coaches want from Zherdev is the same that Jackets coaches want from Filatov, or anyone else. They want them to earn their ice time.

As one scout put it last night: “In this league, if you have a 50-second shift, you have to be responsible for 50 seconds. There is something to do whether you have the puck or not. You can’t float.”

The Blue Jackets out-gutted the Flyers and won 2-1 last night. Zherdev had 11:35 of ice time, Filatov 5:46. Enough said.


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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/26/10

It’s time, once again, to raise a glass and offer a toast (figuratively, of course – or not) to the NHL’s stars from a night ago:

***Cheers to Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who warded off a Philadelphia Flyers comeback attempt to the tune of 28 saves after goals from rookie Kyle Wilson (his first in the NHL) and Derick Brassard established an early 2-0 lead for the home squad. At 5-3-0, the Blue Jackets are still buried beneath Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis in the Western Conference’s Central Division standings, making last night’s key performances from their backup goaltender and a couple of young stars that much more important.

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Blue Jackets Lose Ugly Again

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Final score: Flames 6, Jackets 2. And the four-goal margin doesn’t do justice to the domination.

“We got it handed to us,” Arniel said. “That was as big a meat and potatoes game as you could see from another hockey team. Calgary came out and it was real simple, get pucks in and go bang as much as they could.

“Some of our guys took a step back. We had guys who competed, but we had other guys who, I don’t know if they really wanted a part of that.”

It’s the second time in a week—and second time at home—the Jackets were hammered on home ice.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be all roses here early on,” Arniel said. “Of the six games, two of them have been ugly. I mean, rock bottom ugly.”


Also in the game last night, Rick Nash took a two-minute highsticking penalty and a few reports state the league will take a look at it.  I tried to find video, but have been unsuccessful.

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Filatov Shows Some Responsibility

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

This morning, the left winger accepted responsibility for making mistakes and said he appreciated the way Arniel constructively explained the shortcomings. Filatov also took a jab at former coach Ken Hitchcock who he said would bench him at times even when he hadn’t made a mistake.

“I made a couple of mistakes, I didn’t get the puck out of the zone, had a stupid (delay-of-game) penalty,” Filatov said assessing last night’s performance. “Of course I was pretty disappointed. But you get past it and focus on the next game, and you think about it so you don’t make the same mistakes next time.

“When a player is making mistakes, it’s not the best night for him … and it was a close game.”

Arniel said Filatov, who has two assists in five games, did not compete hard enough against the Ducks and he didn’t seem to want the puck. He pointed to Filatov’s delay-of-game penalty, taken early in the second period, when the Russian could have skated the puck out of the zone instead of trying to clear it out of the defensive zone.


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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/21/10

Today’s three cheers for last night’s top performers in NHL action:

***Cheers to Chicago’s Marty Turco, who made 36 saves and held the fort for the ‘Hawks in the shootout for a 2-1 decision over the Vancouver Canucks. Turco only had to make one save in the breakaway tiebreaker, on Mikael Samuelsson, but Roberto Luongo stopped none at the other end and the Blackhawks earned the extra point in turn. Luongo was good during the actual game, making 31 saves of his own and earning third star honors, but what’s going on with his early season numbers? A 3.38 goals-against and an .888 save percentage isn’t exactly the Bobby Lu Canucks fans expect, nor is the 2-3-2 mark for their club. Surely, it’s only a matter of time before he (and the team) turns it around. (Right?)

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Broken Hand Sidelines Moreau

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Moreau was attempting to block a shot taken by Anaheim’s Paul Mara, the puck striking him on top of his right hand about four minutes into the second. He knew something was wrong immediately. Witnesses say he fired his stick against a wall while making his way from the tunnel to the Blue Jackets dressing room.

“It’s broken,” Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “It’s going to be a while.”

This is a big blow for the Blue Jackets, who had relied on Moreau early this season to play on the checking line and top penalty kill.


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Blue Jackets Lose Ugly

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets lost 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks, and it wasn’t that close. The new system brought to town by new coach Scott Arniel shorted out, a combination of the Jackets’ ineptitude and the Blackhawks’ speed, energy and effort.
“That was a big fat egg by us,” Arniel said. “Everything we tried to do backfired on us. All 20 players had a tough night tonight.

“I knew everything wasn’t going to come in one fell swoop. I knew we were going to take steps back on some nights. But I was hoping it wouldn’t be this game, or that ugly.”

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Blue Jackets Game Plan- Spirit & Goaltending

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

General manager Scott Howson, coming off a 32-victory season, attacked his team’s deficiencies by plucking 35-year-old Ethan Moreau off the waiver wire. Yowza.

To be fair, there was at least a concerted effort to change the culture. The back of the bench was swept clean, a new coaching staff was hired and a new style of play was publicly affirmed. A young, confident coach, Scott Arniel, believes he can play an up-tempo, pressure game and get results. The general thinking is that everything that went awry last season - the list is too long for this space - simply cannot be replicated. And the personnel has to be better. It has to.

Yesterday, Howson took some time to explain how this is supposed to work. In a phrase, it’s spirit and goaltending.

Howson’s core feeling is that the Jackets will be improved if only because their collective spirit, so damaged over the course of last season, is on the rise. What is more, goaltender Steve Mason - second in the Vezina Trophy voting as a rookie and second from the bottom of the league as a sophomore - is showing telling signs that he has matured and returned to good form.

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