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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Now, Year 8, and what’s up with the Blue Jackets? They’re 3-6. Pascal Leclaire is hurt. They can’t get the puck out of their own end, even with three new defensemen. Fifth-line center Manny Malhotra is in the middle of the No. 1 line. No, wait, Rick Nash is now centering the No. 1 line….
The scene in Nationwide Arena has deteriorated. The Blue Jackets need to win more, of course. But it’s not as much fun in the building as it used to be. The scoreboard gags are tired and stupid. The organ playing “smooth jazz” during a TV timeout in the third period is embarrassing. Who’s in charge of this?
The players must play better, but the life needs to be breathed back into Nationwide Arena again. It used to be a great place to see a game.
The announced attendance in Columbus last night was 10,494.
Are fans taking a wait and see attitude with the Blue Jackets?
from Bill Davidge, Columbus radio analyst at ColumbusBlueJackets.com,
No big deal?…I beg to differ because the points lost now cannot be replaced…. 2-4 points were lost……can you say April and a possible playoff spot up for grabs?.....also the confidence of a team that deserved better is what irks those of us that have been part of trying to build a winning tradition in a struggling infantile franchise. This is called RESPECT…you earn respect…you do not demand it, but you show up and have to earn those calls. We are in year 8 of this program and still fail to EARN the much needed respect in the league to allow a call to possibly slide our way.
Press Release from the Columbus Blue Jackets:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jared Boll on injured reserve (head/neck injury) and recalled forward Nikita Filatov from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Boll, who has registered 11 penalty minutes in three games this season after tallying 5-5-10 and a team-high 226 penalty minutes in 75 games as a rookie in 2007-08, is expected to be sidelined seven to 10 days. Filatov has scored two goals with a +1 plus/minus rating in two games with the Crunch, scoring goals in each of the first two games of his pro career. He tallied 1-0-1 and added a shootout game-winner in two preseason games with the Blue Jackets this year.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
...Which is to say this looked exactly like a suicide attempt, but there is no way to prove it.
Malarchuk, after resisting, ultimately accepted treatment and was hospitalized. He has since been discharged. His coaching career is in jeopardy and he has put the Jackets in an awful position. This gunshot will reverberate for days, months, years.
I should say, off the top, that Malarchuk is one of the most compelling and likable human beings I’ve met.
from the Buffalo News,
Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk accidentally shot himself in the chin Tuesday with a .22-caliber rifle at his Fish Springs residence, according to the Record-Courier of Nevada.
Malarchuk, 47, was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by helicopter. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident Wednesday to determine if the shooting was accidental, the paper said….
Malarchuk is the goaltending coach for the National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets, and lives with his family in Fish Springs, Nev.
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen of the Blue Jackets lines-up Toronto’s Jason Blake…
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.
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