Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Manny Malhotra

Questions continue to surround the status of Vancouver Canucks center Manny Malhotra for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The center was not at practice on Tuesday. According to the team, he was at a doctor's appointment.  Last Saturday, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told the media, "Manny has been officially cleared to play." However, on Tuesday GM Mike Gillis was singing a different tune.
"This has been a day-to-day thing all along," Gillis said. "He hasn't been cleared to play yet, he's been cleared for some contact, and he gets monitored every day." Many believed with Vigneault's announcement over the weekend that Malhotra would be in the lineup for Game 1; however, now it's looking more like a fourth line of Jeff Tambellini, Alexandre Bolduc and Victor Oreskovich will go Wednesday night at Rogers Arena. Malhotra has been out of action since March 16 when he was struck in the eye by a deflected puck. He underwent two separate surgeries on the eye and has one more to go, which will happen in the offseason. The 31-year-old Mississauga native had 11 goals and 30 points in 72 games while leading all Canucks centers with 61.7 percent in the faceoff circle.
Another great player Howson traded away.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bob Boughner

Bob Boughner has decided to step down from his position of Columbus assistant coach. He will return his focus to the junior team he owns and operates- the Windsor Spitfires. It was well known that it was a balancing act for Boughner, trying to focus on his duties with both the Spits and Blue Jackets.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the NHL in 2000. Since then, they have

gone through seven different coaches. The greatest out of the seven is Ken
Hitchcock. Hitchcock coached Columbus from 2006 to 2010.More recently, the Blue Jackets have reportedly expressed a desire to switch to the East. If only one of those teams can go, seems like an easy
call, right? I think it would be much better for the team but first they need new management.