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Filatov Plans To Be Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nikita Filatov is saying all the right things to the Blue Jackets these days - he’s training hard, excited about the club’s new coaching staff, and planning to attend training camp in September.

To confirm all of this, Blue Jackets development coach Tyler Wright departed Columbus for Moscow yesterday, where he’ll spend five days training, living and talking with the 20-year-old left winger.

“We haven’t sat down with Nikita and talked since the World Junior (Championships in early January),” Howson said. “We just wanted Tyler to go over and reach out to him, find out how his training is going, let him know where we stand on him coming to training camp, and relay the expectations of our new coaching staff.”

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Boughner Ready For Next Challenge

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge after winning two Memorial Cups,” Boughner said. “I’ve made no secret that my goal is to be a head coach in the NHL, and joining (Arniel’s) staff is going to make me a better coach.”

Boughner was majority owner, president and coach of the Windsor Spitfires, an Ontario Hockey League team that just won the Canadian junior title for a second straight year. It’s one of the most lucrative junior clubs in Canada.

He’ll maintain his ownership stake in the Spitfires, Boughner said, but he was drawn to the Blue Jackets on two levels.

First, by the young, energetic staff being compiled by Arniel. Boughner joins Brad Berry and Dan Hinote, giving the Blue Jackets a staff of four former NHL players. Arniel is the oldest, at 47.

Second, Boughner said, the proximity of Columbus to Windsor was the key.

“I don’t have to uproot my wife or my four kids,” Boughner said. “And if I need to get home on an off day, it’s not a big deal.”

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Boughner Officially Joins Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that former National Hockey League player and Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner has joined the club as an assistant coach.  The addition of Boughner completes new Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel’s coaching staff. 

        “Bob has become one of the top young coaches in the game and we are very pleased to have him join our coaching staff,” said Arniel. “He enjoyed a long and successful career as an NHL player and has achieved a great deal as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires the past four seasons.  I know he is really excited about this opportunity and we’re very pleased to welcome him to the Blue Jackets organization.”

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Boughner Leaving Spitfires For Coaching Job With Columbus

via tweets from Aaron Portzline,

Multiple NHL sources say Bob Boughner will leave the Windsor Spitfires to join #CBJ coaching staff.

CBJ will make official announcement of Boughner’s hiring on Monday.

added 9:57pm, from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Bob Boughner, who has guided the Windsor Spitfires to the last two Memorial Cup trophies, will join the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on Scott Arniel’s staff, The Dispatch has learned.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Boughner did not return messages left on their cell phones. Spitfires GM Warren Rychel would not comment. But The Dispatch has learned that an announcement is expected by the Blue Jackets on Monday.

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Moreau Sees A Fit In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Veteran left winger Ethan Moreau, claimed off waivers by the Blue Jackets early today, told The Dispatch today that he was not disappointed to have his date with free agency cancelled.

Moreau was set to be bought out by Edmonton on Wednesday, which would have sent him into Thursday’s free agency as a free man.

Instead, the Blue Jackets claimed his contract—one year remaining at $1.75 million—with plans to play him on the No. 3 line, with center Sammy Pahlsson and right winger Derek Dorsett or Chris Clark.

“It’s actually a perfect fit for me in Columbus,” Moreau said. “It’s easy to say now, but even if I was looking at it on Thursday (in free agency), the Blue Jackets are a team I would definitely consider.

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Reading some of the Edmonton media today on Moreau, I would say the majority feels his prime years are behind him and he will find it difficult to rebound from some disappointing years in Edmonton.

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Moreau Claimed By Columbus

via an Aaron Portzline tweet,

CBJ have claimed LW Ethan Moreau off waivers.

added 12:22pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed left wing Ethan Moreau off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Moreau, who served as the Oilers captain the past three years, has registered 145 goals and 132 assists for 277 points with 1,066 penalty minutes in 863 career NHL games with Edmonton and Chicago.

“We are very pleased and excited to add a player of Ethan’s caliber and person of his character to the Blue Jackets organization,” said Howson. “He will bring valuable leadership, competitiveness and experience to our lineup.”

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Surprise Pick For Columbus

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

This Blue Jackets’ draft party in Nationwide Arena was a little like a New Year’s Eve party where midnight never came.

When general manager Scott Howson announced Ryan Johansen was the Jackets’ pick at No. 4 overall, many of the fans watching the arena’s big board didn’t know how to react.

There were no whoops. No screams. No celebration. There were no boos that I could hear, but there were a lot of oohs.

Johansen? Weren’t the Jackets supposed to take Erik Gudbranson, Cam Fowler or Brandon Gormley, one of the three stud defensemen the fans had heard so much about?

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Doug MacLean Talks Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Some of you are sick of (Doug) MacLean. You wish he’d go away—farther away than Toronto. If that’s the case, please carry on to previous posts here on Puck-rakers. Lots of information in the last 24 hours.

For the rest of you who may find amusement, embarrassment or even a kernel of truth in what MacLean says, here’s the rant:

“I’ve talked to lots of people about the interview process in Columbus. You have to keep it in perspective. The president of the team gets all of his hockey information from Google. He Googles everything, and that’s where he gets his hockey knowledge. I mean, Scott Howson … I like Scott Howson, I think he’s a good guy.

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Your New Head Coach In Columbus

from ColumbusBlueJackets.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Scott Arniel as the new head coach of the National Hockey League franchise, club General Manager Scott Howson announced June 8. Arniel (pronounced ahr-NEEL) agreed to a three-year contract through the 2012-13 season and was introduced at a press conference today at Nationwide Arena.

“Scott Arniel possesses all the qualities we were looking for in a head coach and we are very pleased to have him join the Blue Jackets organization,” said Howson. “He played in the NHL for many years, was an assistant coach in the league and has been successful in developing young players. Scott has been one of the top coaches in the American Hockey League the past four years, averaging 45 wins and 99 points a season playing an attacking, up-tempo game.”

“I am excited to have Scott Arniel join Scott Howson to lead our team together as the Blue Jackets begin a new era in our 10th NHL season in 2010-11,” said club president Mike Priest. “I think in these men we have two individuals whose abilities and compatibilities will compliment each other very well as we continue to build a team that will compete at a very high level year in and year out.”

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Columbus Has Their Coach

Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson will introduce the fifth head coach in franchise history at 3:00pm tomorrow.

via Aaron Portzline tweet,

#CBJ will introduce coach Scott Arniel at 3 p.m. on Tuesday

 

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