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Columbus Moving In the Right Direction

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

The Jackets are a long way from making a serious run at the playoffs. In the past, MacLean wouldn’t or couldn’t accept that fact, leading to several ill-fated “quick fixes.” If Howson stays true to his word and focuses on the big picture, the Jackets can begin to move in the right direction.

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Blue Jackets Plan To Suspend Svitov

from the Columbus Dispatch,

No one in the Blue Jackets organization has spoken to center Alexander Svitov in the 10 days since his plans to play this season in Russia were brought to their attention via the Internet.
And the club isn’t yet sure of its next step.
“We’re still considering everything,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “You can try and fight it (in the Russian court), but you’re not going to have any success in their legal system, just as they haven’t had any success in the (North American) court system….
The Blue Jackets will place Svitov on the suspended list in September when training camp begins. They won’t have to pay his $1 million salary this season, nor will he take up a roster spot or count against the salary cap.
“At some point, we’ll be within our rights to suspend him for the year,” Howson said.

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Center Of Attention

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Four veteran players are penciled in as of today. Notice that was penciled, as in, easily erased.
Peca, Sergei Fedorov, Manny Malhotra and Jiri Novotny are the four, and none are truly No. 1 centers in the NHL.
Fedorov, now 37, could be a good No. 2. Peca is an elite No. 3. Malhotra and Novotny, on a good club, would be No. 4s.
But here’s the wrinkle. Early on in camp, the Blue Jackets will give Dan Fritsche, Gilbert Brule and Derick Brassard a look on one of the top two lines, likely letting them each play two of the first four exhibition games in such a role.

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Great Deals

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ah the lazy, hazy days of summer — sunshine, a hint of fall in the air, back-to-school sales … and NHL general managers, in a bargain-hunting mode, making one last pass at the free-agent market, with training camps less than a month away.
This week, two of the most respected players that had slipped through the cracks, found work — Trevor Linden and Michael Peca, who agreed to one-year deals respectively with the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Linden received $600,000 in base salary; Peca will get $1.2 million as soon as he passes his physical; and both contracts include incentives that could increase their eventual take-home day, depending upon how their seasons unfold.

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No More Excuses For Hitchcock

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Excuse-making is out. Accountability is in. That means a talented, young player such as Nikolai Zherdev will work hard and get with the program or go to the bench. It means goaltender Pascal Leclaire will be in better shape than he has ever been or he will watch Fredrik Norrena play. It means playing time won’t have anything to do with where players were drafted or how much they have been hyped. It means it will be Hitch’s way or the highway, and the team’s general manager, Scott Howson, will back Hitchcock all the way.
While there’s no way to know how this will play out during the course of the season, it’s hard to see how this won’t change things for the better.

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Peca Won’t Be A Ranger - Deal Expected Tonight

via the Blueshirts Blog,

Michael Peca will not be a Ranger this season.
Agent Don Meehan confirmed moments ago that the Rangers did not make Peca a contract offer.
Meehan said that he expected to complete negotiation on a one-year deal for the 33-year-old center within a couple of hours. Columbus appears to be the city where the former Islanders captain will be playing his home games this season.

added 9:06pm, On the front page of the Columbus Dispatch but no link yet- Peca expected to sign

added 9:08pm, Link now working,

Michael Peca is likely to sign a contract with the Blue Jackets either late tonight or early Wednesday.
It’s a one-year contract with incentives, according to a source.
As of 8:45 p.m., Peca’s agent, Don Meehan, was negotiating with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson over the final details.

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added 10:57pm,, The same link from the Dispatch now stating Peca has agreed to terms with Columbus.

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Columbus In Shopping Mode

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson left Columbus yesterday to meet his family for a vacation in Calgary, Alberta. But it won’t be relaxing right away. The Jackets are intent on using Svitov’s money to add another player, and they will either shore up the roster at center or on defense before training camp opens Sept. 14.
Other centers the Jackets likely will consider if they can’t sign Peca are Jason Allison and Mike Johnson. The top target among defensemen is Danny Markov.

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Columbus Statement On Alexander Svitov Signing With Russian Team

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson issued the following statement today after learning that center Alexander Svitov has signed a contact with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League and will play with the club in the 2007-08 season. He signed a two-year contract with Columbus on July 2, 2007.
“We were informed by Alexander’s agent today that he has signed a contract to play with Avangard Omsk this season,” Howson said. “We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander’s contract status and will make a decision after reviewing our options. While this news comes as a disappointment, it creates an opportunity for other players when we open training camp next month.”

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Left Side Looks Right In Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

But there is one spot on the ice at which the Blue Jackets are pretty much set in stone, where they might just be as solid as some of the best clubs in the NHL.
With Rick Nash, Fredrik Modin, Jason Chimera and Jody Shelley, the Blue Jackets have a pretty good cast of left wingers.
“I would say the strength of this clubs is our wings, anyway,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “But our left side has a real good chance to be dynamic….

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Columbus Did Spend

from the Columbus Dispatch,

At a news conference Wednesday to announce the purchase agreement, MacLean complained that the budget set by Blue Jackets management hamstrung his efforts to build a winning club.
“I don’t have any comment on that,” Priest said. “From our perspective, this is a great opportunity for Doug. I’m excited for him that he’s found something so quickly. It’s a great challenge and opportunity. We wish him nothing but the best. We’re not going to get into what thoughts or comments he has.”
Priest did acknowledge, however, that on at least two occasions the Blue Jackets expanded the budget to add players “with the assurance or promise that they would be difference-makers.”
One of the players was center Sergei Fedorov, whose $6 million contract was added in a trade early in the 2005-06 season.
The other was right winger Anson Carter, signed to a $2.5 million contract last summer and traded for a fifth-round draft pick in March.

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