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Blues/Blue Jackets Trade

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired forward Pascal Pelletier from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Brendan Bell and Tomas Kana.

Pelletier, 26, has played in 25 games this season with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Syracuse Crunch, recording 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) and 23 penalty minutes.  Last season, the 5-11, 197-pound left winger notched 55 points (29 goals, 26 assists) and 45 penalty minutes in 71 games with Rockford of the AHL.  Pelletier led the team in goals and power play goals and was second on the club in points. 

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Afternoon Line

“Basically, he had trouble handling the success he had last year.  Maybe it’s not as easy as he thought it was.

He needs to make sure “he doesn’t forget where he is and how much of a privilege it is to be here,”

-Columbus goaltender coach Dave Rook on Steve Mason.  More from Scott Burnside plus other NHL topics…

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Hitchcock Safe In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

“Hitch is safe,” Howson said. “To suggest otherwise is just ludicrous. It has not even entered anybody’s mind. It’s not something we’d even consider.”

Hard to believe, but Hitchcock—hired by the Blue Jackets on Nov. 22, 2006—is the sixth-longest tenured coach in the NHL, trailing only Randy Carlyle of Anaheim, Lindy Ruff of Buffalo, Mike Babcock of Detroit, Barry Trotz of Nashville and Alain Vigneault of Vancouver.

“I’m like most coaches,” Hitchcock said. “I worry about (getting fired) each and every week. I always feel like I’m one bad week away from being in trouble. As a coach, that’s what helps you keep your edge.”

read on

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Foote Finally Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

For almost two years since Adam Foote walked out on the Blue Jackets at the NHL trade deadline, fans have waited for the former captain to walk back into Nationwide Arena.

Foote missed both trips to Columbus last season with the Colorado Avalanche because of an injured triceps, but he’s expected to be in uniform for a game tonight.

“I’ll be ready for whatever,” Foote said, when asked what kind of crowd reaction he expected. “It’s a business. The (Blue Jackets) have moved on, and I’ve moved on. I had a great time when I was here. I got to see a young team changing.

“I’ve moved onto something else, and they’re still going forward, which is good for them and the fans.”

The story of Foote’s departure has become part of Blue Jackets’ lore.

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All Nikita Filatov

from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,

First, about his relationship with Hitchcock:

“Actually, Hitchcock gave me a lot. I started playing better defense,” he said. “But if at practice I did something wrong, Ken was ready to immediately stop practice, call the entire team over and explain to me personally where I made a mistake.”

Q. Was it embarrassing?

FILATOV: “This is a normal process. But Hitchcock took it too far sometimes. There was an immediate whistle after something small. Or he would give instructions through the defense coach, you get an individual workout. And when we lost to Detroit (1:9), Hitchcock actually made a schedule. Every player went to him for a 10-15 minute talk.”

read on

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Eleven Rounds To Decide The Game

Blue Jackets and Blackhawks went deep into the shootout last night.

Chicago finally pulled out a 4-3 victory.  Watch the shootout below…

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Klesla Out With Torn Groin

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla will be out four to six weeks after suffering a torn groin in the first period of Monday’s 5-2 win over St. Louis…

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  Tags: rostislav+klesla

The Future Was Supposed To Be Brighter

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The optimist in us always sees our favorite players increasing their production, especially when they’re still young enough to seem like one of the neighborhood kids.

So it was that the Blue Jackets, coming off their first playoff appearance with a maturing, stable roster that is the youngest in the NHL, figured to take another significant step up in the standings.

Their 5-1 start even seemed to confirm that, which is probably why a lot of people are befuddled that they lost their fifth straight game, 4-3 in a shootout, last night to the Calgary Flames.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Somehow, goaltender Steve Mason was going to be even better than he was as the NHL’s top rookie. Bigger, stronger Jake Voracek was going to be the second coming of Ales Hemsky, or Jaromir Jagr, or Marian Hossa or, well, somebody.

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The Mothers Are Always There

from Amy Saunders of the Columbus Dispatch,

Anna Torres recently picked the worst possible night to attend her first Columbus Blue Jackets game.

The mother of left winger Raffi Torres prepared his favorite chicken stew for a post-game meal on Nov. 11 before heading to Nationwide Arena with his sister-in-law, baby niece and wife, Gianna—who is expecting their first child next month.

Minutes into the first period, a deflected puck slammed into his unprotected face.

Mrs. Torres watched in horror as Raffi lay bleeding on the ice, her eyes locked on him and brimming with tears. He stumbled as he tried to stand, hurt more than she had seen before.

“It was so hard because I can’t do nothing,” the native of Peru said later in her thick accent. “I wanted to go jump on the ice and see him. . . . I just froze. I froze until I saw him again.”

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Columbus Defense An Issue

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Stat of the week: The Columbus Blue Jackets, a team nominally steeped in the art of defensive hockey, have given up six or more goals in a game six different times this season, a staggering total. The Blue Jackets were a respectable ninth in team defence last year, during Steve Mason’s Calder Trophy-winning season in which he recorded 10 shutouts. This year, only the Toronto Maple Leafs have a worse defensive record than Columbus, a weirdly surprising development considering the Blue Jackets were 5-1 out of the gate with a smothering defensive start to the year.

more NHL talk from Eric…

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