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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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Blue Jackets Double The Pleasure Of Beating Detroit

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

In an effort to rouse his favorite team from a five-game losing streak, Columbus resident Tyler Schweinfurth promised $20 via Twitter to the Jackets’ player who delivered the winning goal in last night’s game against the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings.

The chemical engineer had no clue what he had set in motion. By the time the Jackets took the ice in Nationwide Arena nearly 150 people, including several Red Wings fans, got behind the drive and pledged $5,327 to the “money on the board” campaign on Twitter.

“Just watching all the contributions almost brought tears to my eyes,” Schweinfurth said.

And that was before the Jackets earned an emotional 3-2 shootout win and surprised fans with a payout of their own.

Alternate captain R.J. Umberger said the players were matching the fans’ sum and donating their portion to the Blue Jackets’ foundation.

“Their passion to win, especially against Detroit, is strong,” Umberger said. “We appreciated what they did for us and we’re going to do the same and let a charity enjoy it.

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Blue Jackets Have Extra Motivation To Beat Detroit

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Early last season, after another loss to the Detroit Red Wings, former Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock made a passing comment, borne of frustration and meant partially in jest.

“The worst thing we ever did,” Hitchcock said, “was beat them 8-2.”

Since the Blue Jackets won 8-2 in Detroit on March 7, 2009, the Red Wings have taken to beating the Jackets - breaking their hearts in some cases - like an older brother bullies his younger brother to keep the house in order.

“The three years I’ve been here, we’ve had some pretty tight games with them,” Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason said. “But it always seems like they find a way to come out with two points. We have to change that. For us to be a good team, we have to figure out a way to beat them.”


from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger routinely put “money on the board” in the Blue Jackets’ locker room before a game.

On Friday night, as the club attempts to end a five-game losing skid against Detroit, contributions are being pledged by Oxcamel, Uncle Playground and Captain Thunder Pants.

These aren’t nicknames of Jackets’ players, but Twitter handles of ordinary fans combining generosity with the desire to see their favorite team break a slump against a hated rival.

As of yesterday afternoon, nearly 40 Jackets fans had promised to pony up almost $1,400 to local charities and non-profit organizations for a victory. Some are even offering pints of blood.

continued and I donated some cash, if the Wings win…

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Trade Rick Nash?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It is clear that general manager Scott Howson must do something to shake up the roster, even a move just for the sake of a move. As the reluctant professor has vacillated, the fans’ frustration has grown.

There are some who believe that Nash ought to be traded. Granted, these folks do not represent the majority of Jackets fans, but they exist. Their thinking is that if you perform radical surgery and transplant Nash for a player of equal value - and Nash’s value is prodigious - then the body of the team will benefit.

The country-club atmosphere, in which the acceptance of mediocrity (or worse) proliferates, is the problem. Five coaches, not counting interims, have been unable to solve it. Nash is the constant, so he must be the problem. Right?


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Picking an All-Star Team, Especially this Year, Isn’t Easy but, Hell, I’ll Do it Again Anyway

It’s never a cinch to select the rosters for an All-Star game in any sport and, with a bizarre “fantasy draft” format for this year’s NHL midseason showcase and the game’s first six participants already selected via fan balloting, filling out this season’s All-Star pool of 42 has some added challenge to it, to say the least.

For starters, dividing things by conference is no longer a provision, as the remaining 36 All-Stars named today will go into said pool along with the elected top-six for a field of 42. With that in mind, and factoring in at least one representative for every member club, there will be notable omissions, no matter how this list is put together, or by whom.

Nevertheless, always one to face a challenge head-on, in keeping with my annual tradition (whether an All-Star game has been played or not), I’ve put together my own list of mid-season honorees, complete with a set of 12 rookies to be featured in the skills competition at All-Star Weekend, as the NHL Hockey Operations department will do later today.

(For clarity’s sake, I’ve already accounted for the fan selections.)

Deep breaths, everyone. Here goes nothing, with a few explanations afterwards…

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Rick Nash Taking Abuse On The Ice

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

“I’m getting so frustrated,” Arniel said Saturday’s game. “I know I’m a young guy, and a young coach in this league. But to watch Rick Nash, what he has to take night in, night out ... I watch other star players and the treatment they get, the calls that they get.

“Nash gets tackled going to the net. He gets a stick across the face. No call. I don’t get it. We try to be ... I’ve worked with this team about not yelling at referees, not making them part of the focus. But maybe we have to do a little more crying and complaining. The stuff Rick takes for the superstar that he is ... it really pisses me off.”

The most blatant non-call of the night, the Blue Jackets assert, was a high-stick to Nash’s face in the closing minutes of the game. The Jackets were pushing hard, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was fighting the puck and Nash was driving to the net when Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell got his stick up high.

Nash’s face got raked by Mitchell, who could have been called for highstick, holding, hooking ... take your pick.


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Trigger Should Be Pulled In Columbus

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

The Jackets were going to build around Nash, Vermette, R.J. Umberger, Jake Voracek, Brassard, Nikita Filatov, Kris Russell and reigning rookie of the year Steve Mason. As the 2009-10 season began one nagging thought loomed: Howson and Jackets fans had better like this team because they were contractually obligated to it.

Flash forward 16 months. The Jackets are foundering for a second straight season. Ken Hitchcock is no longer around to blame and Howson is coming under fire for a club that seems to lack fire and a hatred of losing. The Jackets have won six times since Thanksgiving, and routinely routed.

It’s believed Howson is desperately trying to make trades. This time it can’t be for a Chris Clark. The Jackets need significant changes and that means breaking up the club’s core.

The general manager should not hesitate.


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Blue Jackets Lose 6-0 To Ducks, Shakeup Expected

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

One gets the sense that the players are waiting for the shoe to drop, wondering who it is that’s headed out the door. There is tremendous heat on Arniel, who has rattled many cages in the dressing room and has half a season to get the players motivated and headed in the right direction, with a singular purpose.

But the heat is truly on Howson. He has waited this long to make a trade. Is over-waited a word? The rest of the NHL now knows he is desperate to make a move, and he has a player who has now openly asked to be traded. Neither are positions of strength.

A season—now at it’s mid-point—hangs in the balance,.


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Commodore Talks About His Time In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’ve enjoyed my time in Columbus. I liked being there,” Commodore said. “I like the guys. I like the front office. I love the fans and the city. I love being there.

“But I’ve been scratched in seven of the last eight games. We’ve got guys going down with food poisoning or the flu, and I still can’t get into the lineup.

“I’ve sat quiet and I’ve worked my (butt) off all year. I haven’t said anything, while Arniel has gone to the media and said, basically, that I can’t play. It gets to the point where I have to have some personal pride and I have to stand up for myself.”

Commodore practiced with the Blue Jackets yesterday perhaps for the final time. Before they took the ice in a suburban Anaheim, Calif., rink, Commodore said he addressed his teammates in the dressing room.

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Anyone Want Commodore?

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Dispatch spoke to Commodore yesterday in Jobing.com Arena, after it was apparent he wasn’t playing in last night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes but before the request for a trade was known.

Here’s what Commodore said:

“(Arniel) doesn’t want to play me. Obviously, he doesn’t want to play me. After wins, losses ... it doesn’t matter. Obviously, I’m the seventh guy in his mind. So, I’m going to take care of myself, be a good teammate, work hard, practice hard and keep myself ready for whatever comes in the future.”

This is the latest detour in what has been a winding road since Commodore signed a five-year, $18.75 million contract on July 1, 2008. A no-trade clause covered the first two years of the deal, but lifted last July 1.


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