Entries with the tag: Columbus Blue Jackets
Neal was finished for the night. Definitely think Neal will be suspended.
I’m still collecting my thoughts on the Filatov situation, so here’s something to keep you busy while I do that.
It’s a quick and easy survey, a whopping one question!
“How important is it that Columbus retain the Blue Jackets hockey franchise?”
You know my answer, so what is yours?
Paul posted earlier about the trade between Philly and the Jackets. Stefan Legein was sent to the Flyers for d-man, Michael Ratchuk.
Stefan has always been one of my favorite prospects, yeah, even with the “retirement” and everything. Here’s the thing though, while I am sad that I won’t get to see Legein in a Blue Jackets jersey, I am so happy for him. This is his chance to get a new start. He will be in an entirely new environment, with new teammates. Teammates that he didn’t let down, teammates who (in theory) won’t judge him for what happened while he was a Blue Jacket.
He gets to start over and I wish him nothing but the best.
But, what about that new guy?
The Blue Jackets are off to the best start in franchise history. 5-1-0 and are sitting fifth in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets have lost ONE game, it’s a nice change from previous seasons. The game last night, was great for a number of reasons, starting from the beginning when I found out that Kris Russell, had signed a three-year extension.
So let’s get down to the game.
The Columbus Blue Jackets opened their season against the Minnesota Wild. It was an amazing game. The Jackets were tentative at first, but eventually got their act together and got the win.
With the new season, I’m changing my post game format.
*Umberger getting the short-handed goal. Not to mention the first goal of the season for the Blue Jackets.
*Steve Mason picking right up where he left off.
*Hitchcock is still getting great cheers from the fans, I love that man.
*Rusty Klesla getting a goal on the day he signed an extension. (More on this later)
*Voracek is huge. It was my first time seeing this kid since last season, wow.
The Blue Jackets will open their season against the Minnesota Wild. They will be doing it without Mike Commodore. He has been placed on IR with a groin pull according to Puck-Rakers. Roy has been called up from Syracuse. It’s a huge loss for the Blue Jackets, but let’s just hope that he isn’t out for a long period of time.
Now to the home opener. It should be a great game. There is some bad blood between the Wild and the Jackets, going back to the preseason when Eric Belanger boarded Chimera. Belanger did apologize for the hit, but Chimera is standing his ground saying it was a dirty hit. However, I think Boll said it best:
“It’s always in the back of your head,” Boll said. “We know who did it and we know what happened, but we can’t let that get in the way of getting two points. This is a huge year for the franchise and we want to get off on the right foot and that’s with a win, not trying to get back at somebody.”
Yesterday, the Jackets acquired Anton Stralman from the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in the 2010 entry draft.
Stralman is exactly what the Jackets needed, in theory. Here’s General Manager Scott Howson, on the subject:
“Anton fits a critical need on our roster,” Howson said. “He’s got puckmoving ability and power-play potential. He’s a right-(hand) shot, too, which is a nice bonus.
“He’s still a young player in the league, so he has a lot of upside, too.”
We have needed that right-handed shot for quite a while, and he has power-play potential.
So much has happened with the Blue Jackets, and I promise to get all caught up this week as my life has decided to calm down for a bit. Free agency starts tomorrow and there are a few items of business to take care of before I hop into that mess.
First of all the Blue Jackets have been blessed with a new goaltending coach, David Rook. Steve Mason of course is thrilled to have Rook apart of the organization.
“If I’m playing poorly, he will not hesitate to tell me to pick up my game,” Mason said. “When things aren’t going well, he has been able to get me out of the rut.”
That’s a good thing for the Jackets. Last season as Mason struggled to find his form, and having a goaltenders coach who has a history with Mason will certainly help.
The Blue Jackets had five bloggers get together yesterday for a roundtable discussion. I was lucky enough to be asked to go to the meeting and to have Senior Vice President of the Blue Jackets, Greg Kirstein, explain the entire situation to us in regards to the sin tax (the tax on alcohol and cigarettes), and the exact situation that is happening with the Blue Jackets. Mike Priest is currently on vacation which was why he was not there meeting with us.
I am not a resident of Columbus or Franklin County so the ‘sin tax’ has nothing to do with me…except my team is involved.
With the Blue Jackets out of the playoffs it’s hard to blog when…well there’s not a lot to say and it’s quite boring.
Talks with Manny Malhotra are underway, Howson has made Manny the priority UFA for the Jackets…personally I was thinking Williams first, but again, I’m not the general manager of this hockey club.
Malhotra has been with the Jackets since the 2003-2004 season. He’s a leader on the team and he and his family are comfortable here. Aaron Portzline thinks it will be a three-year deal at about $5 million…but again, you never know with these contracts.
So much to report on in the world of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Most importantly, Ryan Salmons passed away on Friday, May, 1, he was only 19 years old. The news hit me like a ton of bricks. After the Jackets signed him I had the opportunity to meet Ryan twice, he was such a strong person, and is such a hero. Ryan was a huge part of the Blue Jackets, many of the fans including myself, got behind Ryan, and cheered him on, we grew attached to him.
Ryan had the opportunity to see both of the Blue Jackets home playoff games. He will never know how many people he touched in his short life, but I am so thankful that his family allowed us to get to know him.
So, while I was on my short hiatus Steve Mason was nominated for the Vezina Trophy. Steve Mason, the rookie who lead the way for the Blue Jackets to enter in their first ever playoff. Wow. Mason is also nominated for the Calder. While I am pretty sure that Tim Thomas will be taking home the Vezina, it’s great to see Mason recognized for what he accomplished this season.
“It’s an unbelievable honor,” Mason said. “When you look around the NHL and see the type of goaltenders who play in the league ... to be considered in the top three is really special.
“I know I couldn’t have done it without the players around me and without the opportunity (coach Ken Hitchcock) and (general manager Scott Howson) gave me this season.”
My cousin (the Preds fan) asked me on the way home if I had to choose getting swept in the playoffs or just not making it at all which would I choose.
Without thinking I chose getting swept in the playoffs. The Columbus Blue Jackets earned their spot and while we had an extremely short run, it was amazing.
The Jackets came to play tonight, and they were able to come back to tie the game…twice.
The crowd was amazing, almost deafening at times, they got behind the Jackets and pushed them to be better.
That’s the situation the Blue Jackets are in tonight as the puck drops on game four.
The Blue Jackets have only scored two goals in this series, both courtesy of RJ Umberger.
Game three was the best I’ve seen the Jackets play in the playoffs, but again they came up short, and well, it was quite the depressing scene. The building was set to go crazy if the Blue Jackets got into the game.
Jackets are down 0-3 in the series, I am down with the plague it seems like, and quite frankly I can’t put this game into words yet…but here, enjoy Commodore spending some time in the Red Wings bench.
Vermette practiced on the top line with Rick Nash on his right and Huselius on his left. I suppose we will see tomorrow if it’s going to pay off. If I am thinking on a level as a coach…we need the offense and this is something to spark the offense. With my thinking I’m not one for rewarding a player who isn’t playing well and Vermette hasn’t played well this series. Of course if they score some goals tomorrow then I will just eat my words.
Vermette has the speed and the skill to play with Nash and Juice, and that’s why we brought him in.
Tomorrow night the Blue Jackets play their first ever HOME playoff game. Nationwide has always been kind to the Blue Jackets, and hopefully it will remain the same tomorrow.
And I can admit when the Blue Jackets play like crap and they did tonight.
And, well I’m not a big fan of this. I mean really? That’s like something Sean Avery would do.
The only bright spot on the night was Derek Dorsett, and that is sad. Rick Nash didn’t show up. He played a little over 16 minutes, Dorsett a little under 10, I would have felt better if Dorsett was out there
If we want to win a game, yeah that’s right I said A meaning ONE game, our best players have to be our best players and they simply weren’t tonight.
Ah, I have been chompin at the bit to get on here and blog about the Blue Jackets first playoff game, and now a day later I finally get to.
I suppose the game has two different parts to it. The first half where the Blue Jackets played the way they were supposed to and the second half when they shut it down for the night and made some mistakes (I’m looking at you Manny and your butt Hejda) and a tied playoff hockey game was soon a 3-1 game, which then became a 4-1 hockey game.
It’s the day that Blue Jackets fans have waited eight seasons for.
It’s a game that I would give my right foot to be at.
Instead I’m having a gathering at my house to cheer on the Jackets as they enter their first playoff game.
As I sit here watching the Penguins and the Flyers game, I am getting anxious for the game tomorrow.
You know the first EVER playoff game that the Columbus Blue Jackets have ever played.
We’re the underdog, but stat of the day courtesy of Light the Lamp:
“Since Colorado in 2002, no defending Stanley Cup champion has got past the first round of the playoffs. Holland chalks it up to parity across the NHL and motivation.”
Fredrik Modin might be back for game one against Detroit. Kristian Huselius is ready to go, and don’t hold your breath but Derick Brassard MIGHT be back as soon as game 3.
That’s a lot of fire power. If Brass is back by game 3, I expect the return of the goat line, you remember that one with Voracek and Chimera.
I am so ready for the series to start it’s getting a little ridiculous. My tickets for game four came in the mail today and I carried them around with me and showed them to whoever would look.
We have an opponent, and well, we know the enemy really well.
We played them six times this season, we beat them 8-2 the last time we played them in the Joe.
It’s the Detroit Red Wings.
It’s amazing how a little thing like your team making it to the Stanley Cup playoffs can change your attitude in a split second.
First thing I did when I woke up - grabbed the blackberry, and checked the standings, just to be sure that the little ‘x’ was there.
It was. I think I may have cried some more, but that doesn’t matter.
All that matters is that we’re in the playoffs, and Mike Commodore is going to debut his robe in the dressing room Saturday night.
And the win.
I am speechless. Thank you Mr. Mac for bringing the team to Columbus, it’s playoff time.
Wow, more on the game tomorrow. Congrats to the Blue Jackets, enjoy this fans. We’re making history!
If the Blue Jackets are able to get one point out of this game tonight, for the first time ever, the Columbus Blue Jackets will clinch a playoff spot.
The Blackhawks are coming off a big win in Nashville, but don’t expect them to come out and take it easy on us.
Just like the game on Sunday, we have to play our hardest, and we need to get two points, instead of just one.
Well with Huselius out…for at least Wednesday. The Jackets have a lot of offense to make up.
I think they can win these last three games, but the have to stay focused and play smart.
The lines, as usual get a shake up due to the injuries.
What a weekened! Friday I packed up and headed down to Nashville to watch the Jackets take on the Preds.
The game was great, the Jackets had a chance to win being up 3-1 but the Jackets were IN Nashville so the Preds tied it up and then scored a fourth goal. Thankfully Williams tied it up, but of course the Blue Jackets lost in a shootout.
It was a tough call to bring Filatov up, a really tough call. I know that the Syracuse Crunch fans are in a tizzy over it. I was confused when the move was made this morning, but the more I think about it and the more I talk to people about it the more I understand the move - not saying I necessarily agree, but I understand.
Nikita Filatov was playing great hockey in Syracuse, a team that is fighting for its playoff life. Then we have the Columbus Blue Jackets - a team that has never tasted playoff hockey. They’re on the verge of making it, and well, they want Filatov, their number one draft pick in 2008 to be a part of that. Probably for a number of reasons, here’s just a couple of reasons why I think they’re doing this.
It’s the wrong time of year for a team who has never made the post-season to drop the ball and that’s exactly what the Blue Jackets did this last weekend.
Nobody other than the captain played well, and that includes goaltender Steve Mason, but I absolutely refuse to pin the losses on him. He’s the reason we’re here, and the reason we’re battling for our playoff position.
Now onto the game tonight.
For the first time in franchise history we have 40 wins. FORTY. It’s a very exciting time to be a Blue Jackets fan.
Ryan Salmons was able to attend last nights game. He will also be appearing on ESPN’s First Take along with Jason Chimera according to Puck-Rakers.
If you’re a DirecTV customer it’s on ESPN2 channel 209. The show is on now, but the segment hasn’t aired yet. It’s on until noon.
This honestly makes me sick to my stomach.
Peter Stenzel, 52, has been arrested and charged with inducing panic after placing at least three threatening phone calls to the Blue Jackets – specifically goaltender Steve Mason – during Thursday’s win over Calgary, The Dispatch has learned.
According to the Columbus police report, Stenzel was wearing a Calgary Flames sweater when he was arrested at his residence in Dublin. He is charged with inducing panic, a misdemeanor.
“They got his number from caller ID, and it was given to special duty officers,” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. “When they got to his resident, he was upset. He’s a passionate hockey fan.”
You can read the rest here. There are still a lot of details missing, and Portzline is going to update once he gets some more details. I will keep you posted as well.
If that was a playoff preview…count me in.
What a game! It wasn’t even the score, it was the physical play and the way the Jackets took control of the game.
With the way the Blue Jackets came out in Florida, I worried if that would be prepared, but they were.
If you wanted a post before the game - well you’re getting one, but it’s not going to talk about the game tonight.
The Jackets “signed” Ryan Salmons to a one day $3 contract.
Salmon is a 19-year-old terminally ill cancer patient who loves the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So for the first time in the history of the Blue Jackets they sent out an e-mail with playoff ticket information.
I am quite excited about it!!
The Jackets are leaving Florida with three out of four points and have a firm grip on sixth place in the Western Conference.
But, let’s talk about the game tonight.
The Jackets looked they were ready to get back to Columbus. They didn’t seem like they cared to be at the game, and really it was a tough game to watch.
Wait, where did the hockey season go?
Tonight the Jackets played their 72nd game of the season last night. A 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
Raffi Torres had a great pass from Huselius and buried his chance to tie the game at 1.
Well, now that win was nice. The Blackhawks were tired from their game last night against the New Jersey Devils and they still managed to get a point out of tonight.
The win tonight tied a franchise record for most points in a season. 80 points and they’re sitting nicely in sixth place in the Western Conference.
The Jackets are now 5-1 with Vermette in the lineup. He has had an immediate impact on the team, and has helped us in every situation.
Well, I honestly can’t complain about the recent stretch of games the Jackets…aside from the last Red Wings game. It was the first time we have been shutout since January 6. The Jackets looked awful to put it plainly, and the Red Wings put on a clinic. The win allowed the Red Wings to clinch a playoff spot.
So, instead of focusing on the negative which I have done for the last 24 hours or so, I want to focus on the positive.
The records just keep falling for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
They had the biggest crowd in the history of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a whopping 19,167 people witnessed the Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in a shootout.
“Somebody let in these other people today with the funny-colored sweaters,” Hitchcock said, referring to the thousands of Penguins fans. “And it screwed the sound up.”
The best hockey game I’ve ever been to?
Last night. Hands down.
The play was absolutely perfect. It was one of the most intense hockey games I have ever seen.
Blue Jackets fans got a pleasant surprise this morning. Aaron Portzline has joined Twitter Nation!
Great job as always by the Dispatch, for keeping up with the times!
You can follow him @aportzline.
Also, you can follow me @bethanym85.
For the full list of the hockey people on twitter, check out the list here.
Nash scored three unassisted goals last night. The last time that happened was March 14, 1948 when Maurice Richard did it in Madison Square Garden.
That’s pretty good company to keep.
The Jackets had the day off today, but have practice tomorrow. Michael Peca is expected to practice, so hopefully he will be able to play by the end of the week.
Wow, that is the perfect way to end the day!! The Jackets set TWO franchise records tonight. Most goals scored in a game and largest margin of victory. The boys seemed happy, and with good reason. Things were going exactly the way the Blue Jackets wanted and needed tonight.
So here are my thoughts on the game!
The Blue Jackets lost two HUGE points to the Nashville Predators. Give credit where credit is due, Pekka Rinne was outstanding tonight. He made 31 saves, and looked great, it was really my first time watching him play, and I was quite impressed.
The Jackets are now in seventh place in the Western Conference, Saturday we face the Detroit Red Wings in the Joe. We will have Vermette and Klesla back in the lineup.
That’s all the Blue Jackets did today, was two trades. They didn’t make a huge slash, but they did get a very good player in Vermette.
During Howson’s press conference he said that Vermette is someone that the Blue Jackets have been after for a while.
I love this move. Pascal Leclaire, while an outstanding goaltender is injury prone. Unfortunately for Pazzy he hasn’t been healthy while in Columbus. He won’t be able to play this season, but next season he will be great for the Senators. He sounded so excited to be going to Canada in his interview with TSN.
The Jackets ran into a hot Canuck team last night. It also didn’t help that the Jackets seemed like they didn’t care one bit about the game.
Thankfully the Jackets remain in sixth place in the Western Conference with another big game coming up tomorrow against the LA Kings.
The real story though, the trade deadline.
Michael Peca will not be returning to the game. He is out with an undisclosed injury, he played 2:36 in the first period.
Just got word that Scott Howson is at the Ottawa vs. Leafs game. Howson refused to comment to the CBC…but my guess is Antropov is getting a good look. He’d look nice in a Blue Jackets sweater…don’t you think. He could be looking at some Sens, but my guess is that Antropov is the reason Howson is there.
The Jackets got the victory in Edmonton, thanks to Raffi Torres and Steve Mason.
The team got back to the basics and did what it had to do to get the victory. Steve Mason recorded his eighth shutout of this season and for the first time since coming back from mono, he looked like he was rested and ready for the game. I do wonder when Dubie is going to get a start.
The Blue Jackets enter the game tonight still sitting in 6th place. They have to beat the Oilers to keep that spot. And it really NEEDS to be a straight up win, no OT, no shootout, just a straight up victory.
With the loss on Tuesday to the Flames, Ken Hitchcock has decided to change up the lines. I don’t have a problem with it at all, if we’re not winning games, obviously something is going to change.