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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
Ever been in a situation where what you’ve believed for so long is suddenly compromised? Well, that’s the experience I had this weekend.
Saturday night, I chaperoned a team of 11-year olds in Nashville as the Predators took on the Columbus Blue Jackets….
Sistito challenged a proven pugilist in Tootoo, which is a very common occurrence in preseason games as it is a way for a young player to show his coach that he’s ready to fulfill a role on the team. Tootoo obliged, which is also common practice for players of his ilk. It’s an unspoken bond of mutual respect. How else is a kid gong to show his mettle if vets decline the willing challenge?
Not surprisingly, the fans rose and cheered as the two exchanged punches. Sistito had an early advantage, raining blows on the smaller Tootoo. But, as so often happens, the veteran weathered the onslaught and started to pummel the wearied youngster, whose helmet came off.
Then it happened.
read on including video of the fight which I also embedded below…
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Jason Chimera does not care that Eric Belanger’s rap sheet had been clean before Friday night’s hit from behind that sent the Blue Jackets winger off the ice on a stretcher.
He believes Belanger’s check was dirty and that it merits a suspension.
Chimera returned to Columbus on Saturday after he was held overnight in a St. Paul. Minn., hospital for observation. Belanger, a Wild center, rammed Chimera from behind—driving his face into the glass—as Chimera was trying to help teammates clear the puck from the defensive zone. Chimera’s face was driven into the ga
Chimera, who’s seen a replay, attached a graphic analogy to the hit and Belanger’s reputation as a clean player.
“It was a cheap hit, it was a dirty play,” Chimera said.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Chimera’s situation is the most troubling, obviously. As of this writing—it’s about 12:15 a.m.—the only update was that Chimera was not flying back to Columbus with the Blue Jackets tonight. It’s unclear if he’s going to spend the rest of the night in the hospital, but that’s probably a safe assumption….
Modin was the first to arrive at Chimera’s side, hovering over him and speaking to him. Within moments of the hit, center Sammy Pahlsson began waving into the tunnel for paramedics to come onto the ice.
Here’s what Modin had to say. It’s pretty emotional.
“I didn’t see the hit,” Modin said. “I just saw Chimmer lying on his back, with blood coming out of his head. I wanted to talk to him, to let him know somebody was there with him … to let him know we were all there for him.
“It was very scary to see, because his eyes were rolling and his head was twitching, and it was pretty clear that something wasn’t right.”
via the Twitter of Aaron Portzline,
Fredrik Modin suffers right knee injury. “Looks like weeks, not days,” coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Ken Hitchcock on how visiting teams are ushered around Xcel Energy Center: “It’s quicker getting through Canadian customs.”
via Michael Russo’s Twitter....
via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
The Blue Jackets have signed forward Antoine Vermette to a 5-year contract extension, the Dispatch has learned. He will earn $3.75 million per season making the total package $18.75 million.
Vermette still has one season remaining on his current deal which will pay him $2.76 million.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets would not have made the Stanley Cup playoffs last season without the impact of their rookie class, especially goaltender Steve Mason. For a franchise that always has planned to build through the draft, last season marked the most dramatic push yet from within the organization.
“It was a real pleasant surprise,” defenseman Mike Commodore said. “Nobody really wants to think about where we might have ended up if it weren’t for Mase and the other guys.”
Now, as the Blue Jackets prepare for the 2009-10 season, that class of sophomores—Mason, center Derick Brassard and right winger Jake Voracek—face lofty expectations and heightened responsibilities.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Derek Dorsett to a two-year contract extension which begins in 2010-11 and continues through the 2011-12 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Dorsett, 22, tallied four goals and one assist for five points with 150 penalty minutes in 52 games as a rookie with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09. He ranked second on the club and led all NHL rookies in penalty minutes and added 116 hits.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Filatov arrived in Columbus on Wednesday night. Today, he will have his physical, the first official task of Blue Jackets training camp. He will be watched closely because he is 19 years old, arguably the most talented player in the team’s stable—and unafraid to speak his mind.
Last month, Filatov caused a stir on two sides of the globe when he told a Russian journalist that he has interest in the Continental Hockey League, or KHL. Filatov said he had been approached by multiple team owners ready to throw some major rubles at him. He said that if the Jackets send him to minor-league Syracuse, he would have to think hard about playing in Russia.
Yesterday, after Filatov finished an informal workout, I sat down with him in the visitors’ locker room in Nationwide Arena. He was candid and unapologetic.
“Why wouldn’t I say this?” he asked. “If I am sent down, of course I might start thinking about it. The KHL is a higher league than the (American Hockey League).”
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
When asked if the Blue Jackets were closing in on signing any veterans to training camp tryout deals, Howson acknowledged that the Jackets had tried to bring two or three such players to camp. So far, no takers.
The reason? Players want to go to camp with clubs who have obvious needs, needs that they can fill. Columbus used to be a desired location in that respect, but the 2009-10 Blue Jackets’ roster is pretty much set.
“We’re not a real attractive team anymore to come in on a tryout,” Howson said. “Unless you’re a defenseman, I guess, or a natural (fourth-line) center. We got the message from the agents: “Why would we want to come there?”
“There is a void, particularly at defense. We’d be open to bringing in a veteran NHL defenseman who has played but doesn’t have a contract. But so far that hasn’t happened.”
more on Columbus…
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