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Brule Sent Down To Syracuse

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned center Gilbert Brule to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Brule, 21, has appeared in 31 games with the Blue Jackets this season, tallying one goal and three assists for four point with 10 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating. Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, he has registered 12-15-27 and 38 penalty minutes in 116 career NHL games

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No Outdoor Game For Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Why couldn’t the Blue Jackets play host to a game in Ohio Stadium? Schedule the Detroit Red Wings or the Pittsburgh Penguins, and you could draw up to 100,000, maybe more, the largest crowd to ever watch a hockey game.

“Logistically, you’ve got issues with the weather and the way we maintain the stadium in the winter,” said Don Patko, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for facilities. “But we never say never. It would be like setting up for a rock concert.”

Blue Jackets president Mike Priest said Columbus is not on the NHL’s list for cities under consideration.

“It would be a hoot, I’ll grant you that,” Priest said. “But they made it clear that, in their mind, only a few U.S. cities could pull it off.”

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Morning Line

Nash, with anti-inflammatory medicine coursing through his veins, is expected to play tonight when the Blue Jackets face the Carolina Hurricanes in Nationwide Arena.

“I couldn’t swallow my own spit,” said Nash, who missed two games. “It’s hard to breathe, so you don’t have a lot of energy. You can’t do much. You can’t drink or eat because it hurts.”

more on the Blue Jackets at the Columbus Dispatch.

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Rangers & Blue Jackets Have Talked

via Puck-rakers,

Trade rumors update: We’ve been told that no trade between the Blue Jackets and Rangers is in the works. The two teams have talked, but nothing has been agreed upon and nothing will be announced when the roster freeze is lifted.

About the roster freeze: turns out the freeze is in effect until midnight Thursday night, not tonight (Wednesday).

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Rangers Scouting Columbus

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...it is believed the Blueshirts’ recent concentrated scouting of the Blue Jackets has been focused on putting together a deal to pry either veteran Adam Foote or top-four defenseman Rostislav Klesla out of Columbus.

The 36-year-old Foote, a physical presence the Rangers so obviously lack on the blue line, is on the final year of a three-year contract at $4.6M per that contains a no-trade clause he would have to waive in order to come to New York.

read on, more names mentioned…

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Blue Jackets Didn’t Come To Play

from the Columbus Dispatch,

A handful of Blue Jackets sat in a hush-quiet dressing room, trying to find the right words last night after a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

One player, out of sight from the media, broke the relative quiet by screaming: “We (expletive) choked!”...

“This is a brutal loss,” left winger Jody Shelley said. “(Nashville) played last night, and they were coming into our building.

“No excuse right now. We’re not happy, and we shouldn’t be.”

read on

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Inside Sources

from Puck-rakers,

Minutes after the Blue Jackets escaped with a 2-1 win over the last-place L.A. Kings, a Russian journalist approached coach Ken Hitchcock with a bizarre question.

Were the Blue Jackets about to trade Sergei Fedorov to the Montreal Canadiens? The reporter said this is what his sources in Moscow are telling him.

Hitchcock denied the rumor. Fedorov, a free agent at season’s end, might be traded but it seems a bit early for such a deal….

OK, here’s the other little nugget of the night. New York Rangers scout Rick Kehoe has been spotted here on three occasions in recent weeks. On Thursday, Jackets’ general manager Scott Howson watched the Rangers play in Minnesota. Hey, we can speculate, no?

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Nash Still Learning The Finer Points

from the Calgary Herald,

The man entrusted with keeping Nash on the path to greatness is notorious taskmaster Ken Hitchcock. The veteran skipper draws a parallel between his prodigy and Flames star Jarome Iginla.

“The thing that Jarome figured out pretty early in his career,” said Hitchcock, “is that his personality, his play and his determination had an impact on everybody. His fight (with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen) turned around the (Dec. 1 Blue Jackets-Flames) game in Calgary. When he gets after people and gets nasty and determined, I think it influences everyone on the bench.

“Rick has shown that. Where Rick is still on the learning curve is when someone goes after him like a (Chris) Pronger or a (Zdeno) Chara, he’s got to learn to play through, which is very difficult to do…”

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Easy Choice

from the Columbus Dispatch,

If the Blue Jackets make the Stanley Cup playoffs in the spring, Ken Hitchcock should win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach.

And the voting shouldn’t be close.

Yes, it’s way too early to be handing out hardware. The Blue Jackets played their 32nd game (out of 82) last night.

But for the first time since the Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000-01, it’s safe for their fans to check the standings around the holidays without getting too depressed.

continued

Way to early to be mentioning the Jack Adams Award…

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Opposites Attract

from the Columbus Dispatch,

She has never been in a physical confrontation, she says, unless you count the time irony smacked her between the eyes. That was the day, five years ago, when she met her future husband, Blue Jackets enforcer Jody Shelley.

“My friends from back home couldn’t believe we were dating,” Mandy said. “They reminded me I was the student who always ran to the nearest teacher when I saw a fight.”

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