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?