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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.”

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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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Bad Night In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Looking down from high above in the press box, I half expected to see Gerard Gallant standing behind the Blue Jackets bench. Last night’s 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings was circa 2003-04 or 2005-06….

‘ll spare you the details. Here are the thumbprints of the disaster:

The most angered people in Nationwide Arena were the fans. They chanted “Wake Up, Jackets!” instead of “Let’s Go, Jackets!” When the NHL “War Room” confirmed a `no’ goal late in the game, the chants went “Toronto Sucks!” Very clever, very funny. Made an ugly night at the rink somehow memorable. But, then, the fans have never been the problem here in Columbus.

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Mason In The Calder Race

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

No, Stamkos and Kyle Turris, the other pre-season Calder Trophy favorite, are not in the mix as the NHL passed the one-third mark of the season in mid-December – and you could make a case that the leader at this stage of the season is a player who wasn’t even in the NHL on opening night.

That would be Columbus Blue Jackets’ goaltender Steve Mason, the London Knights’ grad, who continued his exceptional early-season run this past week, by out-and-out stealing a 2-1 overtime victory from the Sharks. Mason stopped 47 shots in the victory – third-most in franchise history – and allowed just a single goal to the highest-scoring team in the NHL.

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Blue Jackets Feel They Won The Game

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

When the puck bounced off Turco, then caromed off Malhotra’s skate and went into the net, the Blue Jackets came charging off the bench to celebrate. Both NHL officials—Stephane Auger and Kerry Fraser—had it as a goal on the ice.

And then the light went on in the official scorer’s booth between the penalty boxes.

read on and you decide, was the puck kicked-in…

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Jason Chimera To The IR

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Jason Chimera on Injured Reserve and have recalled left wing Alexandre Picard from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  Chimera is expected to be sidelined at least one week.

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Blue Jackets Knocking At The Door

from Michale Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Last night, they took a step.

Hitchcock is 483-328-120 with six division titles and one Stanley Cup in 931 games with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Jackets.

Here he is, at the start of his third year in Columbus, where he has fashioned a 77-79-20 record and had a hand in a major overhaul.

“I don’t get the joy out of winning,” he said. “I get the joy out of watching guys come together and act as one. To me, it has always been about the feeling, never about the result.”

Hitchcock described a brick-by-brick building process. He said a lot of pieces are now in place. He said the Jackets are knocking on the door. He said, “Now, we have to break that thing down.”

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Blue Jackets Look-Up To Sharks

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hitchcock doesn’t see the Sharks as simply a collection of All-Stars with unfathomable statistics. He sees them as an example of where the Blue Jackets need to get.

“We want to move from the middle of the pack to the next level, and the next level isn’t technical,” Hitchcock said. “It’s having more people engaged for longer periods of time.

“That isn’t something you talk about, or wave a magic wand and it happens. It’s something that takes a lot of work, a lot of adversity. We’re moving that forward. It’s not just being willing to pay the price to win. It’s understanding what the price to pay is.”

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