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from the Columbus Dispatch,
“We’ve had a couple of calls from agents wondering if we have interest in their clients,” Howson said.
But the conversations have been brief, always ending with a “No, thanks.”
“We believe in the two goaltenders we have,” Howson said. “It’s just as simple as that.”
The Blue Jackets will head to training camp with oft-injured Pascal Leclaire and veteran Fredrik Norrena duking it out for the No. 1 job.
It’s not among the most highly regarded 1-2 punches in the NHL, but Howson doesn’t appear worried.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
It’s clear after barely three weeks on the job that general manager Scott Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock are on the same page, firm in their belief that the Blue Jackets—with so many young, unproven NHL players on their roster—must now swallow the bitter medicine that comes with young players getting on-the-job experience in the big leagues.
“We’re building,” Howson said earlier this week. “We have to take those steps it takes to build that championship team. This team will be part of that process.”
from Arace on hockey at the Columbus Dispatch,
You don’t have to be Toe Blake to figure this out, but here’s what I’ve got for the forward lines:
Rick Nash-Sergei Fedorov-David Vyborny.
Fredrik Modin-Jiri Novotny-Nikolai Zherdev.
Jason Chimera-Alexander Svitov-Dan Fritsche
Jody Shelley-Manny Malhotra-Gilbert Brule
There he is, the Blue Jackets’ huge free-agent splash, ladies and gentlemen . . . Jiri Novotny. Yowza.
New GM Scott Howson has been charged with maintaining a budget and he’s playing Moneyball, looking for complimentary players he thinks will have a chance to flourish. In a way, it’s refreshing.
Columbus Blue Jackets:
Jiri Novotny has signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club announced on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.
The 23-year-old rookie split time between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals in 2006/07
Sportsnet.ca’s trade tracker notes that both Matt Carkner (1 year) and Danny Bois (2 years) have been signed by the club. No financial terms available.
from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,
If given the chance, Sergei Fedorov should tell Wings fans to “Shove it!”
There’s discussion that Columbus might buy out the remainder of Fedorov’s contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Wings could be interested: They could get him reasonably cheap and he remains one of the NHL’s best two-way players.
continued... Geez Drew, one of the best two-way players?
from the Columbus Dispatch,
“I’ve always been very consistent and I got away from that last year,” Brule said. “I want to make this year a straight line rather than a roller coaster. I’m glad I’m here. I want to be pushed, and I’m going to push back.”
From the outside, the perception is Brule’s presence in prospects camp is some kind of punishment. More likely, it’s the new status quo. Hitchcock sounds something like Darth Vader when he starts talking about training camp in September. He and new general manager Scott Howson have been preaching “the players decide who makes the team” and this message, by all indications, will be applied in practice.
from All Things Av Blog at the Denver Post,
Well, Adam Foote has finally broken down and admitted he regrets the day he put pen to paper to go to Columbus, Ohio.
Foote told Colorado’s News 4 - there’s a shout to a TV station for some good journalism - the following: “”I’d be lying to you, and I think you all are aware, we love Colorado. … We wish we’d never left, but we did, it’s unfortunate, but, it’s a business — and one day, you never know….”
That’s doublespeak for: “Lord Almighty, if there’s a way I can possibly convince someone to get me out of this purgatory, I promise I’ll never ask for another thing, ever again. Please, please, Stan Kroenke, get me out of here.”
from the Gaylord Herald Times,
“I didn’t really know where I would go,” Weber said. “I had thought maybe the sixth or seventh round and then I heard the third, but I was very surprised when I heard my name called. I was glad my family and friends could enjoy it with me.”
Weber was happy to be drafted by the team that had spent the most time and effort scouting him. A natural rival with the Detroit Red Wings, Weber will fit in well with Columbus.
“They told me they hate the Wings more than anybody,” Weber said. “That’s good, because I don’t really care for them either.”
more on Weber…
From Bob Hunter at the Columbus-Dispatch,
The naysayers who said that Columbus would never be a hockey town should have been there. The city will always be known for football first, but last night provided further proof that if the Blue Jackets ever win, this place will go nuts.
Nationwide Arena was full for the first round of the draft. Full. That rarely happens anywhere, even in places where hockey is a clear No. 1. And the fans were into it.
When Blue Jackets owner John H. McConnell was introduced, he was greeted by a thunderous ovation. He tried to start talking twice and had to stop because the cheering wouldn’t stop. Then, when he thanked “the fans, who have stuck with us through thick and thin, mostly thin,” he drew another roar.
There has been some talk Fedorov may be bought out… via the Edmonton Journal,
There’s a possibility the Jackets might buy out centre Sergei Fedorov’s last year (two thirds of $6 million, spread over two years for cap purposes), but they’ll probably bring back captain Adam Foote ($4 million) on the back-end, even though his best days are behind him.
Do you want him and what would you pay him?
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