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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Jackets’ spotty drafting record has played an integral role in their lack of success. The club has traded away four of its 10 first-round selections. But only their 57-point second season has earned them a top-three pick, which they traded for the right to select Nash.
Meanwhile, Jackets fans have watched clubs such as Pittsburgh, Washington and Chicago evolve from rock bottom to rock solid by hitting on dynamic high-end picks.
The Penguins, the reigning Stanley Cup champions, drafted Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, Crosby and Jordan Staal in a remarkable four-year stretch from 2003 to 2006. No pick was lower than No.2 overall, although they traded up to get Fleury.
“When you are picking that high, it does reduce the chance of error,” Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “We got a real good one with Rick (Nash).
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets president Mike Priest confirmed to The Dispatch on Wednesday that the Blue Jackets expect to qualify for a full share of revenue-sharing from the NHL this summer. That check could be worth $10 million, or more.
This marks the second straight season in which the Blue Jackets have met the two thresholds to qualify: an average attendance of 14,000 or more (the Jackets average in excess of 15,000) and a revenue growth rate ahead of the NHL average.
Two years ago, the Blue Jackets were dinged for failing the revenue growth rate standard, and it cost them $2.25 million out of their revenue check.
Priest said the money this year—like previous years—would be put back into the hockey side of the business, in other words player payroll, scouting, etc.
“I don’t think anyone anticipated us having the season we’ve had. It’s really frustrating because everyone has the same goal in this League and it’s to win. When you can’t do it and you’ve been somewhere for a long time, it gets frustrating.”
“I believe in this team, I believe in this franchise and I believe in the ownership and management. I think we have good young players who will only get better in the upcoming seasons.”
-Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets, More from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.
from Mike Wagner of the Columbus Dispatch,
The brown-eyed, blond-haired eighth-grade cheerleader held up the hockey puck when her family walked into the hospital room.
“Papaw, look,” she said to her grandfather, “I got a souvenir.”
Brittanie Cecil lifted the puck, the one that had struck her in the head as she attended her first National Hockey League game.
The puck flew into the stands at Nationwide Arena when Blue Jackets center Espen Knutsen struck a routine slap shot against the Calgary Flames on March 16, 2002. The puck ricocheted off an opposing player’s stick and struck 13-year-old Brittanie.
Two days later, Brittanie was dead. Knutsen was left sobbing in the Blue Jackets’ locker room, his career beginning to unravel from the emotional fallout.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
If the league’s got any desire of actually fixing these type of mistakes by referees and show them when they’ve blatantly erred, I’d hope referee Stephane Auger has an email waiting for him Saturday morning from Director of Officiating Terry Gregson with a video clip.
There is no way any rational league executive can look at the replay of Kris Russell’s tying goal and say that R.J. Umberger didn’t blatantly break Rule 69.1 (interference with a goaltender), which in part reads, “The overriding rationale of this rule is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being
hindered by the actions of an attacking player. If an attacking player enters the goal crease and, by his actions, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.”
Auger blew it, plain and simple. Sometimes this rule is gray because the goalie will stray outside the blue paint. In this case, it is plain as day. Harding’s in the blue. Umberger backs into him BEFORE Russell’s shot gets there and Harding is impeded from making the save.
more and watch a video of the goal although the interference being suggested can only be seen at the end of the video…
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Between the second and third periods of the Feb. 14 game against Chicago, Brassard was working to repair his stick on a table inside the locker room. It’s a quite common occurrence. Players will use torches and hot glues, sometimes donning surgical masks so not to inhale the chemicals.
Brassard had removed the stick’s glue-covered nob and placed it on the table. When the table was accidentally bumped, the knob fell. Brassard reached for it out of instinct.Yowza
via Elliotte Friemdan tweet,
Modin to LA for conditional pick
via John Shannon tweet,
Torres to Buffalo…for a pick and a player!
added 2:24pm, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Paetsch and second-rounder to Columbus, I think
Rumor fools are speculating Derick Brassard may be involved in some trade talks. Nope. via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
The Blue Jackets have scratched defenseman Milan Jurcina (undisclosed injury) and center Derick Brassard. Brassard took pre-game warm-up.
The club is saying it’s an upper body injury. I have been assured by a source within the organization that Brassard is not part of any trade package. The person said it’s the same injury he suffered in the Feb. 14 game against Chicago.
from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,
A painting of Rick Nash hangs in the office of Blue Jackets interim coach Claude Noel, an abstract piece of art in which one would struggle to identify the player within the frame.
The picture perfectly captures Nash’s career. Seven seasons in Columbus and Jackets fans still are not exactly sure what to make of the team’s best player. He is an enigma wrapped in a CBJ sweater.
Is Nash a top-15 player in the league? Sometimes. Is the Blue Jackets’ captain an effective leader? Maybe. This much is clear: Nash is a nice guy and ever-improving playmaker who might simply need a healthy dose of big-time success to finally bring his work into focus.
Winning Olympic gold as a member of Team Canada may well be that dose.
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