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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Rookie forward Nikita Filatov, who has struggled to remain in coach Ken Hitchcock’s lineup, might be headed back to Russia, perhaps as soon as this week, according to sources within and beyond the NHL.
Jackets general manager Scott Howson would not comment on a potential agreement allowing the 19-year-old Filatov to return to his former club team, CSKA Moscow. Nothing has been finalized, however, and Filatov and the Blue Jackets are expected to talk again today about the possibility of staying in Columbus.
At least one teammate has encouraged Filatov to give the situation more time before making a decision, a source said.
Neither Filatov, a healthy scratch last night against Edmonton, nor his agent Don Meehan would comment when contacted by The Dispatch. Hitchcock also declined comment.
Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers describes the Rich Nash shootout winner…
Nash caught a rut, teetered (smoothly), stuck his left foot in the air as if searching for a fire hydrant and went roof.
via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
I’ve seen my share of hockey practices over the last 10 seasons or so, but I’ve never seen this.
Rather than have a film session in the dressing room and then head out for an on-ice practice, the Blue Jackets are mixing the two this morning in the wake of a 9-1 drubbing by the Red Wings on Wednesday.
A large TV was wheeled out to where the tunnel comes into the bench. After skating for 20 minutes or so, the players were brought over to watch highlights (lowlights?) from the Red Wings game.
It was an attentive audience.
“Seeing the fans giving me the cheers when you’re stopping the easy long shot . . . it’s not a great feeling to get that from the home fans. At the same time, they paid their money and they have their rights . . .”
-Columbus goaltender Steve Mason after losing to the Wings last night. More on the game from Michael Arace at Puck-rakers.
Ken Htichcock after losing to the Wings 9-1 last night.
Ward left the ice bleeding from the upper leg area and taken to the hospital.
update 10:15pm, Ward will spend the night in a Columbus hospital.
from Jeff Bell of Business First of Columbus,
At best, the Columbus Blue Jackets lost $30.4 million over the last three years, and at worst $43 million, according to a report released Thursday that outlines ways to keep the financially strapped hockey team from leaving town.
Chief among the nearly 20 options are ideas for public-private partnerships that would provide the National Hockey League club relief from its lease agreement at Nationwide Arena, although at the expense of taxpayers in some of the scenarios.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
First, to Voracek’s hair.
It’s not one of the “business-in-front, party-in-the-back” mullets that became, sadly, popular in the 1980s. No, Voracek’s mop is all party, similar to Jaromir Jagr’s ‘do in the early 1990s with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“Jake and Jaromir are both from Kladno,” Blue Jackets defenseman Jan Hejda said, referring to a city in the Czech Republic, an industrial suburb of Prague. “It’s like our Pittsburgh. So everybody looks like that in Kladno.”
Coach Ken Hitchcock—an old-school NHL coach by most measures—said he doesn’t mind the “Kladno cut”. But he might feel differently under other circumstances.
While in he was in Calgary this season, Flames reporters noted that such a haircut would never fly under the old-school rule of Flames general manager Darryl Sutter or coach Brian Sutter.
“Jake’s trying to see how far he can go before he really (honks) off the coach,” Hitchcock said, with a smile. “And he’s getting close.
“I see the sun every morning in Phoenix, and that’s a nice thing. You have to remember, I’ve seen Siberia.”
-Phoenix Coyotes Assistant Coach Dave King. More on King from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk just confirmed that Steve Ott will have a phone hearing with the NHL on his hip check on Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo Saturday.
Nieuwendyk said he has no feeling on whether Ott could receive a suspension, just that the league said a lot of incidents had happened over the weekend and they are being proactive on them.
Also, Mr. Campbell was on HNIC Radio this afternoon and stated Rob Scuderi was fined for his hit on Jason Chimera.
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