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Columbus Looking For A Dman

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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Wonder If They Suffered Mood Swings Too?

from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

A Columbus Blue Jackets physician used a drug at a dosage approved only to treat menstrual pain on hockey players who had pain from injuries or surgeries.

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Derick Brassard Extended

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard has signed a four-year contract extension, The Dispatch has learned. The club will likely announce the extension later this morning.

Brassard has one year left on his current contract, so the extension will carry him through the 2013-14 season. He’s expected to anchor the No. 1 line this season, with Kristian Huselius on his left and captain Rick Nash on his right.

added 9:49am, Portzline has now added numbers…

The contract has an annual salary cap hit of $3.2 million. Brassard will make $2.8 million in 2010-11, $3.0 million 2011-12, $3.3 million 2012-13 and $3.7 million in 2013-14, the final year of the contract.

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Columbus Ready To Climb The Mountain

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

“There is a huge difference between a 90-point team and a 100-point team,” Hitchcock said. “The next step here is to become more aggressive both offensively and defensively. We feel we can play a better, more aggressive, 200-foot game. We feel we can do a better job with role identification, and marry our players’ perception of who they think they are and how we feel they can help the team. We feel we can have better special teams by involving more players.

“We’re past the ‘getting-to-know-you’ stage, we’re past setting up the base camp, and now we’re ready to climb the mountain.”

Hitchcock thinks that when there is nothing left for him to learn, then there is more for him to lose. He thinks he has learned something this summer. He is ready to apply it. He is itching to.

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Blue Jackets Appear Ready For Camp

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Doesn’t look like the Blue Jackets will be making a trade anytime soon. Things can change quickly, of course, but right now there’s nothing even resting on the back burner. That’s the word from sources within the ogranization, anyway.

The Jackets will likely go to camp with too many forwards (re: wingers), so the competition will be fierce. That’s a good thing, right?

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Malhotra Represents Columbus At NHLPA Meeting

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

—Believe it or not, Manny Malhotra represented the Blue Jackets in Chicago at the NHLPA meeting on Saturday. This is strange, because Malhotra is no longer under contract with the Blue Jackets and has virtually no chance of returning to Columbus, which signed free agent Sammy Pahlsson over the summer. Still, the Blue Jackets have not congregated to elect a new representative, and, hey, Malhotra has lots of time on his hands these days. He remains unsigned, although Atlanta and Florida are believed to have been interested. Malhotra has been skating, both in Columbus and Vancouver, where his wife’s family resides.

—Talked to Michael Peca today. He’s still unsigned, too, but said he’s had inquiries from a handful of clubs, all in the Eastern Conference. Nothing is close, he said, but it could happen at anytime. He has no plans to retire, he said.

more Blue Jackets talk…

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I’ll Stay As Long As I Play

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson doesn’t doubt the words of prized prospect Nikita Filatov, who said he would consider returning to play in Russia if he was unable to become a regular in the lineup.

“Nikita is a pretty sincere guy,” Howson said.

But he also knows what motivates the 19-year-old winger whom coach Ken Hitchcock likens to former NHL standout Pavel Bure.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s driven to be a star in the NHL,” Howson said. “That’s his No. 1 goal in the NHL.”

Last week in Moscow, the winger said he’s happy with the Jackets organization and the direction his career is headed. The only way he would consider leaving for the Russia-based Continental Hockey League (KHL) is if playing time became an issue with the Jackets.

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Rick Nash Can Take It To The Next Level

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Nash has increased his point total every season since the lockout. With Columbus confident and more offensively balanced, I think we can finally see the power forward hit the numbers players of his skill level are capable of posting.

to find out how, read on....

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Blue Jackets Goal Is To Keep Improving

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

This summer presented a different challenge for Columbus General Manager Scott Howson—finding a way to make a playoff team better.

A postseason wannabe since their inception in 2000, the Jackets earned a franchise-best 92 points last season and made the playoffs for the first time. They were swept out of the first round by the Detroit Red Wings, but Howson said the experience his players gained from that series is what matters most as the franchise moves forward.

“The expectation level goes up from both internally and from our fans,” Howson told NHL.com. “So no longer will a playoff berth and out in the first round be acceptable. We’ve got to raise the bar and that’s what we are trying to do here.”

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It Worked Out OK In Columbus- Tyutin Instead Of Redden

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets wanted Redden for obvious reasons. He was 31 years old, still in his prime. He was good for 30 to 40 points a year, at least, and he had a soaring plus-minus rating. The Jackets wanted and needed a defenseman of his style and stature. They were trumped by the New York Rangers, who offered a six-year deal with an average annual worth of $6.5 million.

Redden didn’t even give the Jackets a chance to match. He signed with the Rangers on the first day of the free-agent season, July 1, 2008….

The trade had risk for both sides. Early last season, when Zherdev was lighting it up in Madison Square Garden, Sather looked like a genius. And Howson was getting grilled on Hockey Night in Canada, which showed Zherdev highlights with pundits doing voice-overs that went, “How could anyone trade this guy?” As the season wore on, the perception reversed. And now, we are close to a final accounting.

Tyutin is entrenched among the Jackets’ top four defensemen, and the Rangers miss him desperately. Backman is an unrestricted free agent.

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