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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…”
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.
Way to early to be mentioning the Jack Adams Award…
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.”
from the Boston Globe,
One longtime scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said last night at the Garden he believed the Bruins were in talks with Columbus, which will be in town tomorrow night.
The Blue Jackets, who look capable of landing the franchise’s first playoff berth, were rumored in the offseason to be trying to move talented Russian winger Nikolai Zherdev, who has a history of being somewhat of a lone ranger on the ice.
from James Mirtle,
It’s from this secret location, somewhere in northern California, where this strange creature spends his days pumping out all sorts of wacky hockey-related numbers for our perusal.
And it’s a good thing, too. Because, more and more, I’m stopping by his site to look at what certain players are up to.
Desjardins’s latest concoction is a look at shots on goal at even strength, something that tells us Alex Ovechkin leads the way with 103.
Talking about shots on goal… via the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche combined for 32 shots last night, with each team taking 16. That’s the lowest combined total in Blue Jackets franchise history. The previous record was 35 set twice.
This would be the perfect time for GM Scott Howson to make his first big deal.
Howson probably agrees, but it wouldn’t behoove him to acknowledge it publicly, so he won’t. Right now, it’s a difficult time in the NHL to make deals. It’s even harder for Howson and the Blue Jackets.
The entire NHL has found it difficult to swing trades in the “salary cap” era. The fact that the standings are so murky—everybody’s in the hunt—makes it hard, too. Both of these are affecting the Blue Jackets, but so is something else, something much more sobering, maybe downright depressing for Blue Jackets fans.
via the Edmonton Journal,
Knowing Bergeron could be gone for the year, and on long-term injury reserve, the Bruins can get a break on their cap issues. They only need a rental for a year. They could probably have the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Sergei Fedorov, who has $4 million US left on his contract.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Duvie Westcott off injured reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Westcott, who has been sidelined since November 24 and missed the past five games, is available to return to the lineup tonight when the Jackets host the Minnesota Wild.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Some boos might have been intended for NHL officials, but the Blue Jackets thought they were at them Wednesday in Nationwide Arena.
Captain Adam Foote even made a plea to fans after the Blue Jackets came back to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4.
“I don’t think they should do that,” Foote said. “This is the first year they’ve had a consistent team, a winning team that’s not getting blown out of games. Maybe they’re frustrated from years past? I don’t know, but I don’t think they should do that.”
Tonight, the Avs had a 3-1 lead after two periods and the Jackets were playing like midgets. During the intermission, Ken Hitchcock said something to his players, and whatever it was, it worked.
“Basically, he said, ‘Wake up,’” Jody Shelley said.
Hitchcock would not get into detail about his message, he only hinted: “Let’s just say we don’t have many of those over the course of the season, but today was one of those. A heart-to-heart.”
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