Saturday, April 29, 2006

Syracuse Crunch farm team of Columbus Blue Jackets

The game with all the fights would have been great to watch.Syracuse coach said the Crunch players are still making some foolish mistakes.
"Sometimes it's just youthful exuberance," he said. "I thought we played reasonably well but we didn't generate much offence.
"We've been an offensive type team this year and obviously some of our scorers aren't getting it done."
After combining for 306 penalty minutes in Game 4, the two teams stuck to hockey Friday night. Syracuse had the only two penalties of the first period, but both infractions figured in the scoring.
With Steve Goertzen off for holding, Darby beat an out-of-position Leclaire at 3:40. On the second penalty, Platt pounced on a loose puck near centre ice, broke into the clear and went right in on goal beating Manitoba goalie Wade Flaherty for the short-handed goal.
Despite being outshot 14-6 in the second, the Crunch took its first lead of the game on Lindstrom's power-play goal at 10:09.
Manitoba tied it at 13:51 of the third after Jason King slipped a backhand shot past Leclaire.
Leclaire, the Columbus Blue Jackets' first pick (eighth overall) in the 2001 NHL draft, stopped 32 shots. Flaherty made 16 saves.
Syracuse defence Jeff McMillan didn't play. He served a one-game suspension for removing the helmet of Manitoba's Prestin Ryan during a fight in Game 4 and using it to hit the Moose player

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Team Canada Marc Denis of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Team Canada is taking shape for the 2006 World Championship in Latvia.
Coach Marc Habscheid's team has already confirmed participation of two goaltenders and five skaters, with more confirmations expected imminently.
The players who have accepted invitations to play on Team Canada, which opens the World Championship tournament in Riga on May 5, are as follows:
Goaltenders Alex Auld of the Vancouver Canucks and Marc Denis of the Columbus Blue Jackets; Forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Boyes of the Boston Bruins, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kyle Calder of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mike Comrie of the Phoenix Coyotes.
While no defencemen have "confirmed" status, Boston's Brad Stuart and Minnesota's Nick Schultz are in the process of finalizing commitments and are expected to be on the team.
Columbus forward Rick Nash and Florida defenceman Jay Bouwmeester have been invited to play and have indicated they are interested, but both are seeing their respective team doctors to assess some injury situations and decide whether it's in their best interests to play at the World Championship.

American Hockey League

Hartigan put through waivers
Center Mark Hartigan, who had eight goals and 11 points in the last 11 games of the season, must go through waivers before he can be returned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League. . The Blue Jackets will know at noon today whether he was claimed. The team is hoping he clears so he can aid in the Crunch playoff effort and compete for a place on the Jackets’ roster this fall. . . . The Blue Jackets reassigned forwards Dan Fritsche and Alexandre Picard, defensemen Andy Delmore, Aaron Johnson and Jamie Pushor and goaltender Pascal Leclaire to Syracuse. . . . The NHL will have its draft lottery at the league office in New York at noon today. The Blue Jackets have a 6.2 percent chance to win the lottery, and if they do, they will move from No. 6 to No. 2 overall in the draft order. The St. Louis Blues have the best chance of winning the lottery (25 percent), followed by Pittsburgh (18.8), Chicago (14.2), Washington (10.7) and Boston (8.1). Whichever of these teams wins the lottery will have the No. 1 pick. The draft will take place June 24.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sergei Fedorov Columbus Blue Jackets

Sergei Fedorov. The big trade didn't quite turn around the Columbus Blue Jackets, just as he failed to ignite the Ducks. Former employers Detroit and Anaheim are now playoff bound.He had his moments and playing injured was tough.He took some big hits and bounced right back.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Doug MacLean says coach Gerard Gallant

Columbus Blue Jackets: President and GM Doug MacLean says coach Gerard Gallant and his assistants will be getting new contracts soon.
"He's going to get a contract, and so are the rest of the coaches," said MacLean, whose declaration should put an end to speculation that ownership was leaning on him to hire a new coaching staff after the season.
"I've got to meet with the owners and work it out, and I won't do that until after the season. But there's no issue about it."

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Columbus Bluejackets Hockey

Go Jackets Go Things couldn't have gotten much worse for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they broke for the Christmas holiday.
Stuck in a six-game losing skid, they had a record of 9-25-1, had scored a league-worst 72 goals and were on pace to become the weakest offensive team in NHL history.
"There were a lot of nights I went home and I said to myself, 'Where did I go wrong here?'" general manager Doug MacLean said Wednesday.
Whether it was a holiday miracle or a team finally hitting its stride, over the 50 games since Christmas the Blue Jackets have played the best hockey of their five years of existence (23-15-2).
Heading into back-to-back games with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and Saturday, they have won a franchise-best six games in a row.
"At Christmas time we talked and said we just wanted to get respectability for the franchise," forward Trevor Letowski said. "We wanted to be a team that's thought of with respect, one that's tough to come in and play against. That's what we're starting to establish."
"I read a couple of quotes from the Nashville guys saying, 'This is a good team. They're playing hard. They're playing as a unit. They're playing within their system,'" forward Trevor Letowski said. "Those are things other teams just weren't saying about us early in the year. That means a lot for the franchise."
Foote, a mainstay on Colorado's two Stanley Cup champions, has been a rock on the blue line. Fedorov's numbers (8 goals, 28 assists) don't reflect his contributions. He's steadied the top line while helping to develop fellow Russian Zherdev, who has blossomed into one of the games best young players.
The streak is nothing more than a milepost, said Denis, who points out that great teams don't pat themselves on the back for winning a few in a row.
"It's a lot more fun coming to practice," Denis said. "But at the same time, this is what we're going to have to do on a more consistent basis next year to get to where we want to be."
Coach Gerard Gallant, whose job was in jeopardy early in the season, said the Blue Jackets have turned a corner.
"You look around the room and the guys are confident," he said. "They've always known they had a good team. It was just that early in the season with all the injuries things didn't go well and we got behind the eight ball.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Michael Rupp 26-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets'

Michael Rupp, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the New Jersey Devils in 2003, underwent surgery in his native Cleveland on Tuesday to correct a heart defect.
The 26-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets' forward suffers from Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, an abnormality of the heart's electrical system, basically a racing heart, caused by an extra pathway between his upper and lower heart chambers.
He was born with it, but not diagnosed until after he was drafted 76th overall by New Jersey in 2000.
Rupp was put on the long-term injury list a few weeks ago when a fluttering heartbeat persisted overnight. Doctors told the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder he was a one-in-a-million risk to drop dead without warning.
Rupp was awake the first 90 minutes of the operation.
"The pain wasn't overbearing, but the discomfort was consistent," he said.
"It can drive you crazy because you're strapped on what's essentially a tile floor, and it seems like forever. It felt like my heels and my butt were flattening out."