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Blue Jackets sign Mike Blunden to two-way contract

Mike Blunden (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed one of the young, promising players, forward Mike Blunden to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract.

The 24-year-old Blunden appeared in one game for Columbus in 2010-11. He collected 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points and had 41 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ AHL affiliate. He missed the majority of the season due to injury.

The Toronto, Ontario native played in 40 games for the Blue Jackets in 2009-10 scoring 2 goals and adding two assists.

He made his NHL debut with Chicago on October 25, 2006 against Vancouver. Blunden has career totals of 2-2-4 with 69 penalty minutes in 51 career NHL games.

Chicago’s second pick, 43rd overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Blunden was acquired from the Blackhawks in exchange for Adam Pineault on January 10, 2009. He has recorded 52-68-120 and 294 penalty minutes in 240 career AHL games for Springfield, Syracuse and Norfolk.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

 

Our friends at ColumbusWired.net will air Fire The Cannon podcast tonight at 7 p.m.

‘Fire The Cannon’ show hosted by Eric Smith and Lori Schmidt have another loaded show again this week.

Scott Torgerson, The Torg, from 97.1 The Fan will be on the show and you know he will hold nothing back when we start talking about the Blue Jackets. Torgerson has contacts around the league and has insight on possible trades that the CBJ might make. He also will fire off about the players, coaches and general manager.

The show will also have Eklund from HockeyBuzz.com who will let us know what the latest and hottest rumors are on the NHL trade front as many teams are not waiting for the trade deadline to make their deals. Are the Blue Jackets going to make a move and what players may be in play.
Also, Jas Chaffin from FireTheCannon.com will be our writer of the week in our ”5 in 5″ segment which will get the Jackets fanbase up to date on their prospects.
We will also have the latest on the Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger injuries, preview the Blackhawks game and as always a look at the standings.

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Blackhawks put Jackets away in third period with three goals

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The month of December has been a albatross for the Blue Jackets in recent seasons, especially this year.

They lost another game, this time to the Blackhawks in Chicago, 4-1.

Sunday’s game was frustrating, embarrassing, missed opportunities and poor effort.

Chicago scored three times in the third period, including two power-play goals. The Jackets did play two solid periods but in the NHL, two periods won’t cut it.

The Blue Jackets scored on a Derick Brassard power-play goal when the Blackhawks had a commanding 4-0 lead.

The team is in a 3-9-3 slump since Thanksgiving.

The NHL roster freeze ended at midnight Sunday night and there is a general feeling anongst fans and media that the front office led by Scott Howson should shake up the roster because the current roster is not going to be in the top eight in the Western Conference for the playoffs at this rate.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS NOTES

*Nikita Filatov scored a goal for minor-league Springfield. It was his first goal of the season at the either level, NHL and American Hockey Association.

* Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Johansen scored the winning goal for Canada in its 6-3 win over Russia in the World Junior Championship. Johansen, a center, was the fourth player selected in the 2010 draft.

compiled from staff & Columbus Blue Jackets news

NHL PLAYOFFS: Eastern and Western Conference (Saturday and Sunday)

compiled from staff and wire reports

SATURDAY

Pascal Dupuis (nhl)

Pascal Dupuis scored 9:56 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 comeback win over the Ottawa Senators that secured a 4-2 series win and a place in the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots as the Penguins won for the eighth time in nine playoff series, with the only loss in that stretch being to Ottawa in the first round in 2007.

Joe Pavelski (nhl)

In Denver, San Jose also made their way to round two by beating Colorado in Game 6.

Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the tiebreaker midway through the third period.

Evgeni Nabokov was steady in net for the sharks all night stopping just 16 shots in the 5-2 win.

Patrick Kane (nhl)

In Chicago, Patrick Kane tied the game with just 13.6 seconds left and Marian Hossa scored the overtime winner as Chicago beat Nashville to take a 3-2 series lead.

the Blackhawks blew a 3-1 lead, and the Predators went ahead 4-3 with two third-period goals by Martin Erat.

SUNDAY

Ilya Brzgalov (nhl)

The Phoenix Coyotes scored their first three goals on special teams and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings that will force game 7.

Jimmy Howard made 24 saves for the Red Wings.

Daniel Sedin (nhl)

Daniel Sedin scored with 2:03 to play, and Vancouver rallied from another third period deficit to finish off its first round series against Los Angeles with a victory in Game 6. The game was played in LA.