A big deal about nothing. But just the same, Aaron Portzline, the man who thinks endlessly about trades the Jackets should make and spent way too much time pushing Kevin Dineen for the coaching job, is jealous. Portzline wants to be the guy who trips up the Jacket players. The guy who didn’t say a word while Doug MacLean was killing the team, the reporter who told us that Adam Foote was a weasel but couldn’t offer proof, that guy.
Got my video from John McConnell yesterday and I don’t think it will go viral. In fact, I doubt if it did much to settle the nerves of the locals. To summarize, hey, the team tried but did not live up to expectations, the slump made us stronger, it’s not fair that we have a bad lease, it’s taking way too long to fix my problems because I’ve had to lawyer up, I want to stay in Columbus, and wait until you see our third jersey.
Pascal Leclaire, that was great last night and we in Columbus knew you could play like a champion. Congratulations.
I’m just so glad Tim Tebow is gone now and I won’t have to worry about the Blue Jackets drafting him.
Has Kevin Dineen been hired yet? Because we need a no nonsense coach in place, someone like Ken Hitchcock. I need more time on this one.
Filatov said he will come to camp. Won’t it be great if Hitch is still with the organization at that time and he is doing some consultin’ then? If I’m Filatov, I better start to work on chipping the puck off the glass right now!
Is Nationwide still on our side?
This one is at Beyond the Blueshirts, a Rangers blog. It is crazy and interesting at the same time. And if I were the Rangers, and death is not an option, I would sign Zherdev before I would extend Sather and Tortorella.
The article’s author, Igor Larin, fuels speculation by including the the following (unsourced) note after Nazarov’s comment: “According to some reports, the president of the Rangers is interested in Nikolai Zherdev from Atlant.”
That remark is likely to be met with mixed reactions by Rangers fans. A year ago Zherdev was the co-leader in scoring in New York, but a late season scoring slump cast a pall over that accomplishment. Once the season ended, the Rangers extended a $3.2 million qualifying offer to the restricted free agent, only to have Zherdev turn it down and take the team to arbitration. When the arbitrator awarded the Ukranian-born winger a $3.9 million, one year deal, the club opted to walk away.
Get ready for the Filatov circus.
I don’t know what title I should use for a post about the latest loss. I can’t believe that:
1. A coaching change has not been made.
2. A player of note, such as Mason, Huselius, Filatov, Russell, or any of the other starters, excluding Rick Nash, has not been traded.
3. A public spat has not broken out among the players and staff.
4. Ken Hitchcock has adopted Tressel-ball for the Blue Jackets.
5. Background noises have not been made about the team packing up a leaving Columbus.
As for #1, if this was any other city or franchise, the coach would have been out the door. In regards to #2, a trade of some kind would show the team and fans that winning needs to happen NOW, not next year. It’s pretty amazing that everybody is saying nice things about each other in public and the press/media is buying it. Hitch must figure that since Jim Tressel is content to win with a touchdown and field goals, the hockey team could get by with a single goal, 10-12 shots per game, and wait-it-out defensive game. As for #5, it won’t be long on that one.
UPDATE #2: Chris Clark is NOT be part of the deal.
UPDATE: According to Bob McKenzie, Jason Chimera for Milan Jurcina and Chris Clark.
I’ll update when I have more info. Link
by Paul on 12/28/09 at 03:41 PM ET
per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,
Washington has traded Milan Jurcina to Columbus. Details to follow.
OK, fellow bloggers, Puck-rakers, and pucktards:
The Hurricanes placed another veteran player on waivers this afternoon, this time making Aaron Ward available to be picked up by another NHL team.
You can start salivating here.
I know this is old, but it’s still funny. Maybe not to Steve Mason. But Clark could be just what the Jackets need between the pipes. And the Clippers, too.