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by Paul on 01/05/10 at 10:31 AM ET
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock won’t get the chance to scratch Mike Commodore for tonight’s game.
The club’s highest-paid defenseman has told the coaching staff he won’t play until he feels “100 percent.”
It’s yet another twist in Commodore’s bizarre season, one filled with injury, poor play and conditioning issues.
On Sunday, he notified Hitchcock of his intent on the team’s flight to Vancouver. The coach had benched Commodore for the past three games but was thinking of playing him tonight, pending a meeting with the player and several assistants, including strength coach Barry Brennan.
“The whole year has been a disaster, but I’m looking to move forward,” Commodore said. “Unless I have to, I’m not playing until I’m ready, until I’m 100 percent. When is that going to be? I don’t know. I thought it was going to be a month ago.”
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