Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings again top our subjective rankings of the NHL's 30 teams. Here's a look at how everyone else fared, complete with a New Year's wish for each team heading into 2008:
1. Detroit Red Wings. May goalies Chris Osgood and Dominik Hasek continue playing like young men.
2. Ottawa Senators. May Alfredsson, Heatley and Spezza show up when the games matter most.
3. Dallas Stars. May Sergei Zubov finally get some recognition.
4. Colorado Avalanche. May good health return to captain Joe Sakic.
5. Vancouver Canucks. May Vezina Trophy voters watch Roberto Luongo play.
6. New Jersey Devils. May Brent Sutter last longer than other recent head coaches in Jersey.
7. Minnesota Wild. May Marian Gaborik remain in the lineup.
8. Calgary Flames. May road games continue to be so kind.
9. Anaheim Ducks. May Scott Niedermayer play like a Conn Smythe winner.
10. San Jose Sharks. May Evgeni Nabokov start every game this season - how cool would that be?

24. Columbus Blue Jackets. May their fans finally get a taste of playoff hockey.
The jackets have a long way to go..

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Calgary Flames - Columbus Blue Jackets

The Calgary Flames tied a National Hockey League record Tuesday by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 at Nationwide Arena.
In completing a 6-0 tour of six American cities, the Flames are the third club to win six consecutive games on the same road trip.
The other clubs with six-win road trips are the 1971-72 Boston Bruins and the 1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers. The 2001-02 Red Wings won six straight road contests without any intervening home dates, but the run was interrupted by the Olympic break.Don't you just love it when the Jackets help another team make a record lol

Friday, December 14, 2007

David Vyborny Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets placed right wing David Vyborny on injured reserve with a hip injury Sunday and recalled center Derek MacKenzie from their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.
Vyborny was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 1 when he injured his hip against the Calgary Flames, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson said.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets appeared to be thinking ahead to a late dinner. All of a sudden Rick Nash scored a goal midway through the third period and the Blue Jackets snapped out of their trance. Dan Fritsche's goal with 4:05 left capped a wild six-goal third period in the Blue Jackets' 5-4 comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.WOW what a third period GO JACKETS

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Duvie Westcott

Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott was placed on the injured list Tuesday after sustaining his second concussion of the season.
Westcott, 30, was injured Sunday during Columbus' 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said in a statement. Westcott scored his first goal of the season in the game.
He also sustained a concussion at Chicago on Oct. 23 and missed several games while on a conditioning assignment with Syracuse of the AHL before being recalled by the Blue Jackets on Nov. 11. He missed the final 40 games of last season because of another concussion sustained against San Jose on Jan. 6. This is a dam shame.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Bluejackes the end is near

The Florida Panthers had a simple and clear game plan: crash the net. Rostislav Olesz had two goals and an assist, and the Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 Wednesday night for their third win in four following a four-game skid.The end is near and we are still in the beginning of the season,how sad.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Red Wings

What a game. The Red Wings are the best team in the NHL. Ottawa, Schmottawa. The Wings play a smothering, puck-fetching style. When they possess the puck, they aren't very good at sharing. And the talent they possess just keeps coming in waves.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Rick Nash

Wow the Jackets looked good tonight against the Blackhawks.Rick Nash what a great fight at the end of the game.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Canucks vs Jackets

Getting outshot 26-6 after two periods, the Canucks came out a different team in the third. For the first time in recent memory, Markus Naslund was consistently dangerous in the offensive zone. He scored the Canucks' key third goal to put the game away 8:51 into the final frame. He said he thought about passing, but chose to wait a long time, until the Blue Jackets' defence collapsed, before shooting.How sad and of course Nicky looked like a over paid rookie.

Friday, October 19, 2007

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Where's Shelly , Hitchcock WAKE UP

The soft style of play was really visible in the game against Colorado.Hitchcock's style with out bangers like Shelly was so apparent in the last 2 losses it was easy to see.Both teams in the 3rd sent a message to "go home to mama" ,Hitchcock better wake up and put Shelly back in the line up.This soft style will not make it in the NHL. Hitchcock is way over rated he does not have the type of players for his kind of system.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

National Hockey League scores 10/7

Toronto Mapleleafs-Montreal Canadiens 4-3; Ottawa Senators-New York Rangers 2-0; New York Islanders-Buffalo Sabres 3-2; Washington Capitals-Carolina Hurricanes 2-0; Florida Parthers-New Jersey Devils 1-4; Pittsbourgh Penguins-Anaheim Ducks 5-4; Tampa Bay Lightning-Atlanta Thrashers 5-2; Edmonton Oilers-Philadelphia Flyers 5-3; Nashville Predators-Dallas Stars 5-1; Minnesota Wild-Columbus Bluejackets 3-2; Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Redwings 4-3; Phoenix Coyotes-Boston Bruins 3-1; Calgary Flames-Vancouver Canucks 3-4; Los Angeles Kings-St. Louis Blues 3-5.

Do the Jackets have what it takes this year to atleast make the playoffs?

Monday, October 01, 2007

Tollefsen

One of the most engaging Blue Jackets players off the ice, Tollefsen belies his nation's passive reputation when the puck goes into the corners. He is 211 pounds of ornery in a sandpaper coating.
Tollefsen finished third on the team in penalty minutes last season, his first in the NHL, and rated among the Blue Jackets' most punishing hitters.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Blue Jackets Nikolai Zherdev

The Blue Jackets say Nikolai Zherdev is in better condition and has a better mental approach than he's ever had. To take his makeover to another level, he's going to try a new position.
The 23-year-old Russian, a favourite whipping boy of former general manager Doug MacLean, will get a shot at centring a line between Rick Nash and David Vyborny when the Blue Jackets begin pre-season practice on Friday.
Well this will be interesting to see if he can take the pounding checks of the first line defensemen.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

NHL records

One of his most refreshing pieces is about NHL records that will never be broken.

*FASTEST 50 GOALS: Gretzky had 50 goals in 39 games in 1981-82 and he demolished the record of 50 in 50 games, set by Maurice (The Rocket) Richard in 1944-45 and Mike Bossy in 1980-81. Gretzky had 50 goals before anyone else in the NHL that season had 30.
*FASTEST THREE GOALS IN A SINGLE GAME: Given that a NHL shift lasts less than a minute these days, Bill Mosienko’s record of three goals in 21 seconds, set in March 23, 1952, looks unassailable. Goaltending has also made huge strides in the half-century since Mosienko set the benchmark.
*MOST STANLEY CUP TITLES: Henri (The Pocket Rocket) Richard is the only player in NHL history to have more Stanley Cup rings (11) than fingers. Two of his Montreal Canadiens teammates, Jean Beliveau and Yvan Cournoyer, have won the Cup 10 times.
*MOST CAREER PENALTY MINUTES: Dave (Tiger) Williams was sent to prison for 3,966 minutes. That is the equivalent of 66.1 NHL games.
*MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED: Doug Jarvis played 964 consecutive games for Montreal, Washington and Hartford over 12 seasons. Jarvis retired in 1987 without ever having been a scratch. Meanwhile, Colorado’s Karlis Skrastins played his 487th consecutive game last season, which is the longest run without an interruption by a defenseman.”

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 th spot in Division

Columbus Blue Jackets 5? Although the dismissal of former GM Doug MacLean is addition by subtraction, there's not nearly enough complementary additions nor additional subtractions to warrant dreams of the franchise's first playoff appearance.
Yes, a full season of Ken Hitchcock's tutelage will help Rick Nash, Nikolai Zherdev and Gilbert Brule round out their games, and new GM Scott Howson won't be fooled into ill-advised trades or signings of the Sergei Fedorov/Anson Carter variety. But ?-year-old Adam Foote remains their best defenseman, and goalie Pascal Leclaire has received more second chances than Steve Howe.
It's a long way up from where the Jackets finished last season. At this stage, positioning the ladder in the upright position is challenge enough.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Blue Jackets preseason game tickets

The Blue Jackets announced Monday that preseason game tickets for the team's four preseason games to be played at Nationwide Arena will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The Jackets open home preseason play at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 against the Nashville Predators. They follow that will preseason home games against the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, the defending Presidents' Trophy-winning Buffalo Sabres at 5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

Tickets will be available at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster outlets. They also may be purchased by phone at (614) 431-3600

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright is back with the Blue Jackets. But from now on, he'll be wearing a suit instead of a sweater.
The Blue Jackets named Wright their director of player development yesterday. He will work with the club's players throughout the minor leagues, Canadian juniors and U.S. college hockey.
"Hockey is who I am, and this is where I want to be," Wright said. "This is a job I'm really excited about.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Zherdev

This is a make-or-break season for Zherdev, still only 22 years old but already saddled with a reputation for being moody, selfish and immature. Howson has heard the stories. Now he wants to meet Zherdev face to face for the first time.Wow is he in for a suprise we need to get rid of Zherdev.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Columbus Blue Jackets

the Columbus Blue Jackets remained true to form in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. For the third straight season, the Jackets found themselves just outside of the top five selections, yet still had a player widely viewed as their primary target fall through to them. Following the precedent established by Gilbert Brule in 2005 and Derick Brassard in 2006, highly-acclaimed right wing Jakub Voracek slipped through the first six teams and became an instantly celebrity in Columbus, as he was introduced in front of the partisan Blue Jacket crowd as the team’s top selection in the draft.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Blue Jackets Noel

With the Blue Jackets, Noel will be reunited with their new head coach Ken Hitchcock, who was hired last November. Noel served on Hitchcock's staff with Kalamazoo of the International Hockey League from 1993-'95.
"It's going to be great to work with Ken again," Noel said. "I'm excited to see how both of us have changed and how we've grown. We know each other very well and have a good relationship. It's going to be fun."
After for years of being the decision-maker, Noel is excited to adjust to a new, but familiar role as an assistant. He enjoyed being the go-to guy for four years, but is also looking forward to new challenges.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Priest Blue Jackets

Priest also made it clear that the Blue Jackets hope to avoid older, high-priced players. MacLean locked the team into large, lengthy contracts with Sergei Fedorov, Bryan Berard and Adam Foote, which has limited the club's options.
"In the unrestricted free-agent market, everyone's wanting the same people and so their salaries are outrageous and their terms are too long and they're generally at an age where they're at their peak or just past their peak and they're being paid for past performance," Priest said.
To the very end of his tenure, while the Blue Jackets were going 33-42-7 and missing the playoffs by a mile, MacLean remained optimistic about the club's future.
"We've got an unbelievable foundation in place," he said during the club's last game of this past season. "I'm telling you, I look around the league and how many teams would I trade ours for? Not many."
But Priest said MacLean "probably thought we were a little farther along than we really were."
Blue Jackets season-ticket sales are 8 percent to 10 percent behind where they were a year ago, but more than 80 percent of the team's fans have renewed their tickets, Priest said.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Nikolai Zherdev

An adviser to Blue Jackets right winger Nikolai Zherdev said "it maybe would be good for both sides" if Zherdev were traded before the start of the 2007-08 season.Lets hope so as a fan I would be happy if they get rid of him.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Doug MacLean

Doug MacLean was fired as president and general manager of the Blue Jackets late last night after a meeting of the club's ownership group, a source told The Dispatch.
The decision to fire MacLean came less than two weeks after the Blue Jackets ended their sixth NHL season without a playoff appearance.
Its about time he has made a mess of this team.I pitty his replacement especially having to deal with players like Nikolai Zherdev,Expensive free agent busts such as Anson Carter, Luke Richardson, Todd Marchant, Adam Foote, Bryan Berard, and Scott Lachance simply sucked up a lot of salary and provided very little in return

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Alexandre Picard

PICARD'S SURGERY: Alexandre Picard, a first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets three years ago, will have surgery after injuring his left knee.Hopefully he will be good to go next season.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have run out of excuses. True fan anger can begin. The team came into this season with a pseudo-all-star roster and a repentant child's share of promises, and it left it with players' tails between skates and reddened bottoms.
The sadder truth is the blame can't even befall the normal (and more widely acceptable) scapegoats of athletic failure. General Manager Doug MacLean spent big and seemingly smartly, arming the team for at least one year with a good mix of young, emerging talent and solid veteran leadership. Gerard Gallant and Hitchcock utilized opposite coaching methods in trying to rally their troops toward cohesive play.
The Blue Jackets have proven they can't listen to coaches, and it doesn't seem like they really listen to one another.

But when you're grossly overpaid and grossly under-performing, there's two sounds that still catch attention: a wild, unending stream of boos, or worse, silence

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Hitchcock and Zherdev

So.....I knew it. Mr. Zherdev made the front top section of the sports page:
Hitchcock is having one-on-one meetings with each player to discuss off-season training..."No blue jackets player has severd a as a bigger source of frustration, and no player needs to have a better offseason, than zherdev."
To be fair, he has endured more dramas than most 22 year olds, from his covert escape from Russia to join the NHL to deeply personal issues with an ex girlfriend that may never be made public....He has been described by those who know him best thusly: stubborn, a malcontent and an enigma. "a diva" said one player. And zherdev's reply "I can't help it."
He lives in an upscale townhome 5 minutes from nationwide with his parents, sister and nephew. he SUPPORTS THEM ALL! both his parents quit their jobs when he started getting paid to play.
Alexander Sviov is zherdev's best friend, perhaps his only friend on the team. HAHA One player said "the guy's not a good teammate, and thast being kind" He left practice becuase he felt like it the other day, and got in a yelling match with gary agnew, and hitchcock made him go back and finish practice. GO COACH! and his reply is awlays, "I can't help it" When coaches confront him he often stares back at them blankly , and sometimes smirks.
After coaching more than 1000 hitchcock has seen it all, but never seen anybody as stubborn as zherdev. he says that he is used to"playign to pass the pick and get passes and score goals" one-on-one hockey... And guess who niki looks up to in the NHL...Sergei Samsonov, who doesnt have a home team right now, and has switched teams 3 times....go figure..
Hitchcock said that the CBJ may fly to Europe this summer to make sure workouts are being completed. (by zherdev, he isn't worrried about anyone else.)
Apperantly Zherdv wants to finsh his career with the CBJ, and he is up to the challenge. "I;d like to play here a long time. I can be a better player. I will be a better play. Wait and see."
Well..this was an interesting article. Also, we are 3-2 in season finales, and we have never lost in nationwide arena in the last game. Chimera, manny, and vyborny have played in every game this season. Thats cool.
Thanks for lunch dad.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Bluejackets

The jackets took it on the chin today against Detroit.The thing that really iteratated me was how negatine the anouncers were against the Jackets.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Coach Ken Hitchcock


Coach Ken Hitchcock thought the Blues were mentally drained in Columbus after beating the Red Wings in a shootout the previous day. This time he thought the Blue Jackets' patience was the key.
"They're so disciplined in their checking that you just know going into the game you're not going to get many chances," Hitchcock said. "We're not becoming impatient or forcing the issue."

Columbus finished 4-4 against the Blues, while taking three of four on the road. Three of St. Louis' victories in the season series came in shootouts.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

MacLean Blue Jackets

The Hockey News confirmed what many Blue Jackets fans have known for the last six years — that Doug MacLean doesn’t have a clue. In a rating of all NHL general managers, THN rated MacLean 29 th out of 30 GMs. Blaming his trades, draft choices and freeagent signings, THN calls MacLean’s moves "curious" and "dismal."

With Atlanta set to make the playoffs, every expansion team from the CBJ era will have made the playoffs except Columbus. Six years of pathetic hockey is enough. It is time for MacLean to go.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Pascal Leclaire Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Thursday that goaltender Pascal Leclaire will miss the rest of the season with a nagging left knee injury.
The 24-year-old Leclaire recently re-aggravated a knee injury that originally forced him to miss 20 games earlier this season. In December, he underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery but missed several games.
Leclaire then returned to action in early February and played in three games before being placed on injured reserve on February 22 for the second time this season with stiffness and swelling in his knee. Now what do we do?

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Anson Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets

The Carolina Hurricanes acquired veteran forward Anson Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday in exchange for a 2008 fifth-round draft pick.
The 32-year-old Carter has tallied 10 goals and 17 assists in 54 games this season for the Blue Jackets. He signed a one-year deal with Columbus this past offseason and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
"Anson is a veteran NHL player who has had some good goal-scoring years in his career," said Carolina president and general manger Jim Rutherford. "He will help strengthen our forward corps at a much needed time." Ha now they can deal with him turning out of checks and just dumping the puck in and running for the bench.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Boojackets

Boojackets looked even worse tonight.Of course another shut out.One thing for sure Hitch might be able to take a team with great players to the cup.He has a lot to prove to me taking a mediocre team to the top half of the league.He always talks as if he is a philosophy teacher not a hockey coach.Atleast half the team needs to be traded and the GM fired.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Bluejackets trades

You read it here first,
This summer the GM will be fired,Shelly,Modine,Carter will be traded in a package deal.Any thoughts ?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Zherdev

Zherdev has never been accused of being a two-way player.
"It’s about playing the game the right way," Hitchcock said. "I expect everybody to adhere to that. … Everybody has a different (skill) level. But when the other team has the puck, we all need to look the same. All of us."
Right winger Joe Motzko, who has spent most of the past three seasons with the Blue Jackets’ minor-league club in Syracuse, took Zherdev’s spot in the lineup. Why don't they just get rid of him,he costs the team too much money anyway.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Bluejackets need to wake up

I see no hope for the Jackets.Another shut out breaks the old record for most in one season.We need to get rid of the high end palyers that are not scoring but the cap is killing us.Good job GM ha.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Jackets injuries

Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves poor Jackets too many injuries now.The call ups did good but without some scoring punch they are headed for the bottom of the league again.
hockey forum

Monday, January 08, 2007

Sharks amazing

Two power-play goals on one minor penalty The Sharks did the impossible Saturday. They scored two power-play goals on one minor penalty.
Given this opportunity thanks to an egregious clerical error in their favor, the Sharks capitalized and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 at HP Pavilion.
This wacky sequence shared top billing with two other historic developments: a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and a conventional hat trick for left wing Ryane Clowe.Complete article in NHL forum

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Bluejackets loss

What a dismal display of hockey last night in Calif.Why do we keep Nikolai Zherdev? He is lazy and can't play with the big boys.His toe drag is useless anymore all defensemen are use to it.He must have the GM by the balls with a one way contract or nobody wants him.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Ken Hitchcock, Fedorov


This year, Fedorov is producing right away, already having scored 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points in 32 games. He also as 14 points on the power play, three shorthanded points, one game-winning goal, a minus-2 rating and 24 penalty minutes. Now, this must also be taken into consideration with the fact that the Blue Jackets started as a horrible team and are only starting to improve under the guidance of recently hired head coach Ken Hitchcock. Fedorov has put up 20 of his 27 points in Columbus' last 18 games since Hitchcock took over. Clearly, not only did the team improve but the individual players have also done better under Hitchcock's reign. Fedorov is third on the team in scoring behind David Vyborny and Rick Nash.

Stupid refs

Whats with the refs always going to the war room or whatever they call it.Let the on ice official make the call this is stupid,no matter which way the call goes.That was a bad call on the puck in the pants the other night no way that was a goal.