Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/17/11 at 11:41 AM ET
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets have made a mess of things early this season. They are 0-4-1, resting on the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and facing a crossroads only five games into the 2011-12 season.
As such, coach Scott Arniel resorted to a tactic that hasn’t been used in Columbus since Gerard Gallant stood behind the bench.
On what was scheduled to be an off day, Arniel gathered his players for a one-hour session in the OhioHealth Ice Haus that was more about punishment than practice.
Arniel alternated from contact to skating drills, with little rest in between. Some of the drills combined skating and battling for the puck one on one. Two players stepped aside momentarily with bloody noses when the contact got high and a little heated. The only voice heard was Arniel, barking orders and blowing his whistle.
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