Tag Archives: Pascal Leclaire


Oh no.  He’s hurt again.

The Senators goaltender lasted a mere two minutes six seconds into Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes before leaving with what team officials described as a lower-body injury. He was replaced by Brian Elliott.

I guess they didn’t closely follow CBJ hockey in Ottawa when they traded for Pascal.


Ovechkin Goal

Did Alex Ovechkin score a goal, or did Pascal Leclaire give one up?  Listen to the Caps’ announcer as he makes an attempt to say it was a goal scorer’s goal.  Right.


Just 16 games into the NHL schedule, the play of Pascal Leclaire is starting to raise an eyebrow or two around Ottawa after some questionable displays in the opening weeks.

On Friday, following the Senators’ 5-1 loss in Philadelphia the night before, coach Cory Clouston admitted Leclaire still has some work to do to prove he’s the dependable No. 1 the Senators were counting on him to be when they acquired him before the last trade deadline.

Oh boy.  Read the rest here.

So Here We Go

OK, we got Antoine Vermette, either by giving up too much or stealing him from Ottawa, depending upon who is on XM Centre Ice when you have it on.  I am siding with the latter group.  I like Pascal Leclaire and I believe he can be a solid #1 NHL goalie, but it wasn’t goingto happen in Columbus.  Best of luck to him.

I haven’t ordered my Playoff tickets just yet.  My hope is that the Jackets can climb to fifth place and draw Chicago in the first round.  I don’t want to play Detroit, Calgary, or San Jose in the first round because of their depth and experience.  Chicago may have more depth than Columbus, but they don’t have more experience.  And we could beat them if they are as nervous as we are.  Just like Steve Mason is ahead of schedule with his development, so is the whole Chicago team with theirs.  They were supposed to be in fifth or sixth place this year.  So things just might work out.

By the way, the knock on Chicago is that they are weak at center.  Really.

I agree with the experts who say that Calgary improved the most in the West, but did they improve enough to beat Detroit and San Jose?  Both of the front runners are stumbling these days, but I would not want to bet against them.  If Columbus could pass Vancouver in the standings, that would set up a Calgary series against either Vancouver or maybe Edmonton.  You can bet that the Flames don’t want to see Edmonton in the playoffs, but what if the Canucks played up to their expectations? Upset, perhaps?

Anyway, I continue to feel good about the Blue Jackets, but keep in mind that the rest of the schedule is tough.  The lightest game is at home against Tampa Bay on March 24.  The Jackets face Boston, Florida, and Pittsburgh from the East, not an easy set.  But they have to face the music against Division foes and it won’t be pretty.

It’s going to be a tough ride for the team and fans.  Hang on.

Pascal Leclaire and Tim Connolloy

It would have been nice to grab Tim Connolloy today, but he has re-upped with Buffalo for two years at $4.5 million each.  I look at this and the trade of Pascal Leclaire and I believe Columbus didn’t think that Leclaire was going to be healthy enough to get his job back and was far too expensive to be a backup.  Buffalo obviously believes that Connolly will get healthy and remain so for another two years and gave him a nice raise.

I agree with Scott Howson on this one.  Pascal Leclaire may very well become the type of player that he was projected to be.  It will just have to be in Ottawa.  But I don’t know what the Sabres see in the medical charts of Connolly to sign him under current economic conditions instead of trading him.

“…how ordinawy.”

That’s what Lili Von Shtupp, the femme fatale of Blazing Saddles, said when Hedley Lamarr gave her some flowers.  Her comments would be appropriate to describe Steve Mason’s performance last night against the Kings.  Be that as it may, Stevie Franchise is now our man in goal as the team traded Pascal Leclaire this morning to Ottawa.  Aaron Portzline got this one right.

Anyway, Scott Howson must believe that Mason is just going through a difficult period right now and that he will return to to his old form soon.  If he doesn’t, the team is right back to ground zero.  You know things are bad when Hitchcock didn’t even thnk about pulling Mason last night.  I was at the game and I’ve seen better goaltending in the Capital Hockey Conference JV Division.  But the team won, something a good team has to do when everything is not going well; just find a way, baby.

Leclaire Out

Blue Jackets’ Leclaire out for the season.

Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire will have surgery on his right ankle and miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season, The Dispatch has learned. The report was confirmed by Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson this morning in Edmonton, where the Jackets will play the Oilers tonight

OK, are you really surprised?  I hope his recovery is speedy and complete.  He’s a decent netminder, in spite of what you read from the comments at Puck-Rakers.  The team needs him in the future and I look forward to seeing him back on the ice next season.

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