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There will be a performance on the 25th at Nationwide when Columbus takes on Detroit. This have everything to do with ice hockey...
“I love those crazy things you make me do” What he’s talking about is paying to see Columbus lose.
It has been a nightmare of an opening season in Columbus and rumors are starting to birth. The question is “what needs to be changed to start winning?”. Besides the obvious, which would be to start scoring more than 2 goals every single game, the reality may be a change between the pipes. Already it’s being discussed that may Jackets are being sought after for a trade. Those players are Kristian Huselius, Derick Brassard, Antoine Vermette, Matt Calvert, Maksim Mayorov and even Steve Mason.
Yesterday’s game started with a ring; vulcanized rubber rang off the Jacket’s post and made its way behind Mason and out the other side. This is when the cold sweats start. Out of the line-up was Atkinson, Calvert, Carter, Sanford and Methot but it didn’t show. Columbus skated hard to the puck but eternally left the front of the crease to the Stars.
The first period was very exciting with the Jackets shooting the puck 12 times, one less than the total shots of their last meeting with Dallas. This was the game, you could feel it. Midway through the period a shot from former and now again current Blue Jacket defenseman Aaron Johnson went through the five-hole of undefeated Star’s goaltender Lehtonen. What a start, but wait…the goal was waived off. No video review, no calling Toronto, just waived off. Why? The referee claimed Derek Dorsett was in the crease during the goal.
The purchase of Nationwide Arena is the step in the right direction for the surrounding businesses, even if the Jackets keep losing.
“Early in the year, we always struggle. We want to get through the Thanksgiving time period when things start to pick up. But our business we clearly recognize winning is important,” stated Larry Hoepfner, executive vice president of business operations for the Blue Jackets.
R Bar Arena owner Michael Darr believes the plan to buy Nationwide Arena is long overdue and should give the team a boost.
“I think San Francisco at one time was the last city to be privately-held arena. Other than that, we were the only ones. It’s not fair to ask one person, one company to take that burden on while everyone else benefits,” said Darr.
Signs posted in windows of the arena tout deals for families as well as groups of 30 or more. The promotions are important and CBJ officials hope they bring in casual and die-hard hockey fans.
“We have a number of promotional ideas as the season goes on that we implement to bring in crowds. We think there’s a natural increase that will happen as the season rolls on. But what we’re not going to do anything that will undercut or under price our season ticket holders,” said Hoepfner.
The question now, will bars and restaurants continue to thrive if the Blue Jackets don’t start winning? Michael Darr says even if only half the seats sell at home games, that’s plenty of business for everyone.
“There are still 9,000 people coming to the arena. I know our bar doesn’t hold 9,000, so they have to go somewhere,” stated Darr.
The news just keeps getting worse for Columbus. After the tossing of Matt Calvert to the minors they have some new injuries to deal with. Jeff Carter will be on a weekly watch to return from a hairline fracture on his foot during the last game against the Stars and back-up goaltender Curtis Sanford was injured during practice. Sanford saw little action this season (18 minutes and 3 saves) and was lucky to be on the bench. The original back-up goaltender they had geared for this season, Mark Dekanich, was injured during the first pre-season game.
Goaltender from the Saint John Sea Dogs Mathieu Corbeil will be the backup tonight.
Corbeil, 20, has gone 7-2-0 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .899 save percentage in nine games with the Sea Dogs this season. In 2010-11, he combined to go 20-16-2 with a 3.10 GAA and .882 SV% in 40 games with Halifax and Saint John. He went 13-1-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .908 SV% in 15 games with the Sea Dogs, including a 4-0-0 mark in the playoffs en route to helping the club win the Memorial Cup.
A native of Montreal Quebec, Corbeil was the Blue Jackets’ fifth pick, 102nd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft. He has a record of 38-71-2 with a 3.59 GAA in 123 career QMJHL games.”
Today winger Matt Calvert was sent to Springfield to taste greatness once more. Coach Scott Arniel is concerned that he “lost a little bit of his jump” and wants him to rediscover the confidence that he once had his rookie season. Calvert achieved a hat trick and 20 points last season; he’s a player from last season that the coaching staff expects more from. In 5 games this season he got an assist and is staying in the positive for the plus-minus.
In light of their recent downfall the Columbus Blue Jackets have given its fans a couple distractions. When there’s no glory in a losing streak to open the regular season with you might as well give the fans what they want, rock music and an intro to the season that has already began. I can’t tell you how amped and overjoyed I am to see the video they played on the jumbotron during the opening ceremony. A few minutes in and I’ve already forgotten the first loss to Nashville, the beatdown by Minnesota and the crime committed during the Vancouver game. It’s a new season and another chance for Columbus to prove to North America that when this team is at their best they can beat a real threat.
It’s almost a week into the season and the Jackets turned me into a hermit. It’s been six days since the home opener at Nationwide Arena and six days since the Blue Jackets looked like the team from the preseason and what we’ve all been hoping for. The great power play we were to have this year hasn’t potted a goal yet; accredited to the overkill of an eight game suspension we are without the most important power play component, James Wisniewski. What has the goaltending aspired to be? Exactly what you expect, Mason is getting massacred with a lack of an aggressive defense. I don’t even want to know the passing percentage. So let’s break this down now and get this over with.
Much has happened since the year 2000 but we failed to see any signs of Columbus housing the Stanley Cup…until now. After ten seasons the Blue Jackets have reshuffled their deck in the best possible way. What do we have to look forward to this season? We’ll have Antoine Vermette shooting to top his career high of 65 points two seasons ago. A look at MVP and First-Team All-Star of the NCAA’s Hockey East, rookie Cam Atkinson blasting from the blue-line toward the net in a Blue Jackets sweater. Not to mention if Matt Calvert takes his career and steers it toward being a top 6 scorer. Mark Dekanich, a backup goal tender who has only seen 1 actual NHL game. A hard working 26 year old defenseman, Grant Clitsome, who could be playing possibly his first complete season in the NHL after proving himself last season when needed with 19 points in 31 games.
The roster for the game at Nationwide are as follows:
Can you feel, hear or even taste it? The puck dropping to gracefully dance on the ice for a split second before it’s batted away by a curved piece of wood. I’m having trouble sleeping so I am writing this at 3 in the morning. It’s like before the first day of school or Christmas. There is no way to describe exactly how long the summer feels to someone when they are not a hockey fan. I hope that this feeling lasts every year till I’m old and dying but we’ll let Gary Bettman decide that for now.