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Things just didn’t work out for Williams in Atlanta, he said. A power-play specialist who likes to play on the point, he was never afforded that opportunity with Ilya Kovalchuk, Mathieu Schneider and Ron Hainsey.
“I liked the city and the fans and the players but the trade is probably good for both sides,” Williams said. “It just wasn’t a good fit for me,”
Coach Ken Hitchcock said he plans to use Williams on the right point on the power play with Fedor Tyutin. He isn’t sure on what forward line Williams will play.
The Blue Jackets have acquired forward Jason Williams from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Clay Wilson and a sixth-round draft pick, The Dispatch has learned.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jason Williams from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Clay Wilson and San Jose’s sixth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft previously acquired by Columbus in exchange for Jody Shelley on January 29, 2008, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
from a Q & A with fans/writers at the Columbus Dispatch,
Q. there are a lot of questions in the hopper asking about this player or that player as possibly coming to Columbus in a trade. Rather than me posting each one, why don’t you tell us any rumors you’ve heard that might have a good chance of happening.
[Aaron Portzline] Spezza is not going to happen. Too much money. I can see a goaltender coming if Leclaire is not continuing to improve as the week goes on. The first target for Columbus is a center, not a defenseman. They like their back end right now. They want a center but they will not mortgage the future to do it ... not right now. Doug Weight is out two to four weeks, so scrap that. If the asking price for Vermette or Antropov or Stajan goes down, they could make a move.
more of the Q & A…
Hmm, the same answer I gave to about ten emailers from earlier today.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Rick Nash on Injured Reserve retroactive to January 6 and recalled forward Derek MacKenzie from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Reports out of Columbus have said Foote not only threatened to be a bad teammate and not have his heart in it if he stayed with the Blue Jackets, but he had a plane set up to take him to his reunion with the Avalanche, even before the deadline deal was consummated….
Those who made charges about Foote while insisting on anonymity are gutless. This isn’t “a State Department official,” with tacit approval from above, discussing Mideast policy with the media. Neither is this something as benign as “sources” disclosing that the Jackets are set to hire John Doe as an assistant coach; this is “sources” making reputation-damaging allegations.
Granted, hockey journalism often doesn’t set the bar high for “sourcing.” A “source” can be not just a league or team official, but also an assistant trainer’s brother-in-law’s barber . . . or a dart board. I’m not saying it’s that bad in the Foote imbroglio, but the use of unnamed sources, likely with axes grinding, for much of the material undercuts the credibility.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Within the next few days, the Vancouver Canucks are expected to relieve their logjam at goaltender by trading Curtis Sanford. The Blue Jackets are a possible destination.
The Blue Jackets need depth at goaltending. That’s pretty clear. Behind Steve Mason, they have Pascal Leclaire (gimpy ankle) and Dan LaCosta, who has 34 minutes of NHL experience….
Also, pay no mind to the rumors out of Ottawa. The Blue Jackets have no interest in acquiring center Jason Spezza and his $8 million contract.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
Forget all that stuff you’ve heard lately about Columbus rookie Steve Mason being a late-entry candidate for the Calder Trophy. If he keeps playing even close to the way he has through 24 games, he’ll win the Vezina as the NHL’s top goalie and the Hart as the league’s most valuable player.
No player in the history of the league has won those three awards in the same season, so we truly are seeing a phenomenal story in the making.
Consider the undisputable facts. Mason spent the first month of the season in the American League as Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena patrolled the crease for the Blue Jackets. It wasn’t until Nov. 5 the 20-year-old Mason got his first start of the season. He started off with three straight wins and six of nine.
Then Mason got hot.
via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Just spoke with GM Scott Howson in the lobby restaurant of the Blue Jackets team hotel. Goaltender Steve Mason is questionable for tonight’s game vs. Washington with upper body “tightness.”
update 7:10pm, Mason is in the lineup.
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.
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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