Entries with the tag: Mike Commodore
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.”
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.
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!
I feel like the Columbus Blue Jackets have become the Goonies. They never say “die” or quit I guess you could say. After beating the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night, the Jackets came back and got a victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. The victory put us with 61 points, and sixth in the Western Conference. The goal for this team is to be fifth, so we are getting there slowly but surely. The game against Dallas tomorrow is a huge one for us.
But, more on the game last night. Steve Mason played again for us, and showed us - again - why he is our number one goaltender. He is leading the league in GAA with a 2.06, and seven shutouts. Last night he got his 21st victory. This kid just keeps getting better and better. Imagine what he will be like a few seasons from now.
The lonely Blue Jackets representative, Rick Nash, is enjoying his time in Montreal. While Nash is getting his All-Star on, the rest of the boys will be spread out throughout the world, and I, well I will still be here, working, going to school, and blogging of course.
So, what I want to do tonight is look at what has been going on with the Jackets, lots have changed, lots has stayed the same. Let’s think about the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Steve Mason has emerged as one of the best goaltenders in the league. Because of him, the Jackets are in a playoff race, a legitimate playoff race, ya know one when their captain won’t leave them. Pascal Leclaire had a brutal season, his nagging ankle injury has been an issue since he got Boogied in the preseason. Poor guy. Freddy Norrena and Wade Dubielwicz switched places, Dubie was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jackets, in a gutsy move by Scott Howson.
Apparently I gave Commodore some luck by voting for him as an All-Star, because immediately as I hit submit…he scored. Almost on the power play. However the game isn’t over, so I better not brag too much.
So, to further clear the air, Puck Daddy talks to Mike Commodore about the photograph. In all honesty, it’s a must read. Commodore is a funny guy.
Does he recall what the mysterious book on the bed may have been? “No. No I don’t. Although if I look at it ... hold on, it’s posted up over here in the room.”
Commodore walked over to an unspecified location in the Blue Jackets locker room, reviewed the posted photo, and returned.
“If I had to guess, it may have been a Vince Flynn book,” he said, regarding the best-selling pop fiction author. “It’s just kinda like a police kinda thriller.”
So someone put the photo up in the room in Columbus, huh?
“We had a media day here, about how to handle the media. It was nice timing with that picture coming out. That is now Exhibit A,” Commodore said with a laugh. “I’m setting an example for the young guys on what not to do. Being a good leader here.”
Fredrik Modin is now on IR with a groin injury, according to Puck-Rakers to “make room for Malhotra.” Modin won’t be able to play the next three games, Picard is back in the lineup and Kris Russell is scratched. Here are the defensive pairings for the game tonight.