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You Can Say It Is Howson’s Team

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

To say Howson has made sweeping changes within Nationwide Arena would be an understatement.

Every player in the Blue Jackets dressing room this season will fit one of the following criteria: he either was drafted, acquired in a trade, signed to a contract or contract extension by Howson.

Only three players who played as Blue Jackets in 2006-07 - Rick Nash, Rostislav Klesla and Marc Methot - are still with the organization.

Further, late last season, Howson fired the coach he acquired upon his hiring - Ken Hitchcock - and replaced him with his own choice, Scott Arniel.

His players. His coaches. His cross to bear if the Blue Jackets flop again in 2010-11.

Howson’s contract with the Blue Jackets expires on June30, 2011, but it includes an “evergreen” clause, which guarantees a one-year buyout by the club from the moment he’s notified that he’ll no longer be retained.

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Columbus Still Looking For An Upgrade On Defense

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

“We’d like to make an upgrade, sure,” Howson said. “But if we don’t get a deal done, I’m fine taking this group of defensemen into the start of the season with us. We think it’s a good group; a group that can win games for you.”

Howson also said no trades are imminent and none are currently in the works, but the Blue Jackets do have “feelers” out with a few clubs. He would not comment publicly on any possible trade partners.

Vancouver, which has two too many defensemen, is a club that is known to have had at least preliminary talks with the Blue Jackets, though a source tells The Dispatch that no names have been exchanged.

The Canucks have pulled back from the table, and Howson—not wanting to appear desperate—is not banging the drum to make a deal, either. It could be days, weeks or a month or more before something is consummated.

more plus other Columbus notes…

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OSU Just Wanted To Help The Blue Jackets

from Steph Greegor of The Other Paper,

It wasn’t exactly what Ohio State University had intended.

When the university offered to take the financial obligation of managing Nationwide Arena off the hands of the financially strapped Blue Jackets, it really was done with altruistic intentions said Xen Riggs, who has managed the Schottenstein Center since its opening in 1998.

“We just wanted to help,” Riggs said. “But our hope is that it will be a community effort.”

It’s the last part of Riggs’ statement, however, where the real truth may lie. Admittedly, the arena deal, struck earlier this year and implemented in May, barely puts a dent in the CBJ’s annual debt, contributing a paltry $1 million bandage to a $12 million hemorrhage. And there are certainly some benefits to OSU in taking over management of Nationwide Arena.

But it’s the notion that someone had to do something that may be the most important aspect of the deal.


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Handling The UFA Process

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

As the LeBron James saga has played out over the last many months, the mind keeps drifting back to one year ago, when Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash decided to sign an extension and avoid a circus.

Yes, James is a global superstar. (I feel greasy even typing those words.) He is known on every continent and is marketable to myriad demographics. Nash, meanwhile, is a star in central Ohio, in Canada and among NHL fans. Big difference.

But there’s also a big difference in how the athletes have handled the process, and Columbus isn’t even Nash’s hometown.


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  Tags: lebron+james, rick+nash

Filatov Plans To Be Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nikita Filatov is saying all the right things to the Blue Jackets these days - he’s training hard, excited about the club’s new coaching staff, and planning to attend training camp in September.

To confirm all of this, Blue Jackets development coach Tyler Wright departed Columbus for Moscow yesterday, where he’ll spend five days training, living and talking with the 20-year-old left winger.

“We haven’t sat down with Nikita and talked since the World Junior (Championships in early January),” Howson said. “We just wanted Tyler to go over and reach out to him, find out how his training is going, let him know where we stand on him coming to training camp, and relay the expectations of our new coaching staff.”


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Boughner Ready For Next Challenge

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge after winning two Memorial Cups,” Boughner said. “I’ve made no secret that my goal is to be a head coach in the NHL, and joining (Arniel’s) staff is going to make me a better coach.”

Boughner was majority owner, president and coach of the Windsor Spitfires, an Ontario Hockey League team that just won the Canadian junior title for a second straight year. It’s one of the most lucrative junior clubs in Canada.

He’ll maintain his ownership stake in the Spitfires, Boughner said, but he was drawn to the Blue Jackets on two levels.

First, by the young, energetic staff being compiled by Arniel. Boughner joins Brad Berry and Dan Hinote, giving the Blue Jackets a staff of four former NHL players. Arniel is the oldest, at 47.

Second, Boughner said, the proximity of Columbus to Windsor was the key.

“I don’t have to uproot my wife or my four kids,” Boughner said. “And if I need to get home on an off day, it’s not a big deal.”

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Boughner Officially Joins Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that former National Hockey League player and Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner has joined the club as an assistant coach.  The addition of Boughner completes new Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel’s coaching staff. 

        “Bob has become one of the top young coaches in the game and we are very pleased to have him join our coaching staff,” said Arniel. “He enjoyed a long and successful career as an NHL player and has achieved a great deal as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires the past four seasons.  I know he is really excited about this opportunity and we’re very pleased to welcome him to the Blue Jackets organization.”

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Boughner Leaving Spitfires For Coaching Job With Columbus

via tweets from Aaron Portzline,

Multiple NHL sources say Bob Boughner will leave the Windsor Spitfires to join #CBJ coaching staff.

CBJ will make official announcement of Boughner’s hiring on Monday.

added 9:57pm, from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Bob Boughner, who has guided the Windsor Spitfires to the last two Memorial Cup trophies, will join the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on Scott Arniel’s staff, The Dispatch has learned.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Boughner did not return messages left on their cell phones. Spitfires GM Warren Rychel would not comment. But The Dispatch has learned that an announcement is expected by the Blue Jackets on Monday.


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Moreau Sees A Fit In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Veteran left winger Ethan Moreau, claimed off waivers by the Blue Jackets early today, told The Dispatch today that he was not disappointed to have his date with free agency cancelled.

Moreau was set to be bought out by Edmonton on Wednesday, which would have sent him into Thursday’s free agency as a free man.

Instead, the Blue Jackets claimed his contract—one year remaining at $1.75 million—with plans to play him on the No. 3 line, with center Sammy Pahlsson and right winger Derek Dorsett or Chris Clark.

“It’s actually a perfect fit for me in Columbus,” Moreau said. “It’s easy to say now, but even if I was looking at it on Thursday (in free agency), the Blue Jackets are a team I would definitely consider.


Reading some of the Edmonton media today on Moreau, I would say the majority feels his prime years are behind him and he will find it difficult to rebound from some disappointing years in Edmonton.

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Moreau Claimed By Columbus

via an Aaron Portzline tweet,

CBJ have claimed LW Ethan Moreau off waivers.

added 12:22pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed left wing Ethan Moreau off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Moreau, who served as the Oilers captain the past three years, has registered 145 goals and 132 assists for 277 points with 1,066 penalty minutes in 863 career NHL games with Edmonton and Chicago.

“We are very pleased and excited to add a player of Ethan’s caliber and person of his character to the Blue Jackets organization,” said Howson. “He will bring valuable leadership, competitiveness and experience to our lineup.”

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