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from Michale Arace of Puck-rakers,
There are plenty of scouts in the press box at the Natty tonight. On hand are representatives from Vancouver, New Jersey, the Rangers, Ottawa, Florida, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Tampa Bay and Detroit….
Now, this is just me talking:... Could it be that, under these circumstances, Manny Malhotra ($1.5 million) is a luxury on their fourth line?
from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers,
The Jackets’ A team played the Blackhawks’ B team in an exhibition at Nationwide tonight. The Jackets won, 7-1 But they lost left winger Raffi Torres to a separated shoulder. Torres will miss six weeks.
“Very costly. Disappointing,” Jackets coach Ben Hitchcock said. “It works every time. Every time you play against a (largely minor-league) team like that brought in here, something bad happens.”
At 14:29 of the second period, Torres backed away from the faceoff circle and squared off with Ben Eager. Torres apparently called out Eager, a noted pugilist, because Eager had slashed Jackets rookie Jake Voracek across the hands during the previous shift.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“I think last season was the first season teams actually started taking us serious,” Nash said. “We weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be, but you could sense that teams were taking us serious. We’re the only team to not make the playoffs (in the NHL), but with Ken Hitchcock as our coach, now teams are watching us and that puts us on the map.
“We’re lucky for how patient our fans are already, but we have to show them a good product and start winning to get the whole city excited.”
Nash appears ready to lead the surge.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Jordan Sigalet, 27, a cat-quick goaltender, is in Tyumen, Russia, an oil city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Jonathan Sigalet, 22, a smooth-skating defenseman, is trying to jam himself onto the Blue Jackets roster in Columbus, where 2 inches of snow brings the city to its knees.
They couldn’t be farther apart. They couldn’t be closer.
“I always thought that someday, when I looked back on my career, I might regret not taking the opportunity to play with my brother—especially after what he has gone through,” Jonathan said.
from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,
When the fastest game in sports comes to a halt because a hockey player is down on the ice or heads to the bench trailing blood, it’s time for the Columbus Blue Jackets medical team to kick into gear.
Athletic trainers and three doctors are at every game, as well as a paramedic crew from the Columbus Division of Fire.
Head team trainer Mike Vogt is the first person to head onto the ice to assess players who need medical attention. He tells the medical staff what he’s learned with one of two hand signals: If he points to the bench, he needs a doctor. If he raises a fist, everyone—assistant trainers, team doctors and medics—is to respond.
According to Legein’s agent, Doug Woods, whose client was a member of last year’s Canadian World Junior championship team and a second-round draft pick of the Blue Jackets in 2007, he has had conversations with Legein regarding the subject.
“I think after assessing the situation, I’ve learned that he had a lot of pressure on him the last year,” Woods told NHL.com. “He’s now seriously thinking about it and working some things out right now, and I feel confident that there’s a good possibility he will be back. We’re talking very regularly and certainly he’s willing to discuss it now. Once I return to Toronto, we’ll be talking more about it.”
more and othe topics from the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nikita Filatov will be sidelined 10 to 14 days due to a lower leg injury and will miss the team’s rookie camp to be held in Traverse City, Michigan over the next five days, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
“Nikita has an old injury that is bothering him, so he will not accompany our rookie team to Traverse City for the NHL Prospects Tournament,” said Howson. “He’ll rehab the injury here and be re-evaluated in the next 10 days to two weeks.”
for behind the scenes action in the making of NHL 2K9 with Rick Nash.
I deleted the vid, it was crashing Firefox, instead, here is the link to watch...
from the blog of Craig Custance at the Sporting News,
...I got it today from Michael Peca. He flat out said that this is a 100-point team right now in Columbus. Last year, they had trouble getting the puck to their forwards. That’s been solved with a revamped blue line. Rick Nash has never had an equally skilled player to get him the puck. Enter Kristian Huselius.
You could tell that Peca loves the acquisition of R.J. Umberger, who he thinks would do well skating with Nash and Huselius.
“I think we have a great blend of youth and experience, size and skill,” Peca said. “There are just a lot of things to be upbeat and excited about.”
more and a few other hockey notes. Nice to see Craig also mention the Dwayne episode too, a first from a MSM today.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Eleven days until the Blue Jackets take the ice for the start of training camp in Nationwide Arena. The coming season is even more in focus now, so I got to thinking. It won’t surprise me if ...
—Kristian Huselius (No. 1 unit) and Jakub Voracek (No. 2) are on the point of the power play
—R.J. Umberger has 50-plus assists
—Raffi Torres isn’t his old self again until December or January
—the Blue Jackets trade a defenseman (or two) before the start of the regular season
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