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2014-15 Blue Jackets ready for another NHL Playoff run with yet another young team

The Columbus Blue Jackets have come a long way from the days of depending on superstar Rick Nash to carry them.

The past two seasons without Nash, the team has posted winning records of 24-17-7 for 55 points in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season where Blue Jackets just missed the playoffs via a tiebreaker against the Minnesota Wild, who had more non-shootout wins.  To 43-32-7 for 93 points and the playoffs in 2013-14.

The team has relied on several players to lead them to their winning ways: G Sergei Bobrovsky, F Artem Anisimov, F Cam Atkinson, F Matt Calvert, F Brandon Dubinsky, F Nick Foligno, F Boone Jenner, F Ryan Johansen and F Mark Letestu. On defense, the leaders include Jack Johnson, Ryan Murray, Dalton Prout, David Savard, Fedor Tyutin and James Wisniewski. So the days of relying on one superstar player is done and over with.

However, on the eve of training camp last week, the team was told by Johansen and his agent that they did not like the contract offers that were extended by the Blue Jackets. The Jackets have offered Johansen more money than what other top players are getting at his position.

The Blue Jackets organization is loaded with young talent. This year’s team may see some younger players added to the roster.

The winning ways started to happen when the CBJ signed  John Davidson and Jarmo Kekalainen who both had worked for the arch-rival St. Louis Blues to run the Hockey Operations as President and GM respectively.

Both Davidson and Kekalainen talked about the upcoming season of Blue Jackets hockey.

BLUE JACKETS MEDIA DAY PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO:

54,904 B John Davidson CBJ VP On money offered to Ryan Johansen 2014

54,905 John Davidson CBJ VP Is the team prepared to play without Ryan Johnansen 2014

54,910 A John Davidson CBJ VP On hockey players coming out of entry level contracts 2014

54,910 B John Davidson CBJ VP On the team has other stars to lead way other than Ryan Johansen 2014

54,915 A John Davidson CBJ VP On team having slow starts last 2 years 2014

54,910 B John Davidson CBJ VP On the team has other stars to lead way other than Ryan Johansen 2014

54,915 C Jarmo Kekalainen CBJ GM On what is expected in the CBJ camp do play better 2014

54,916 A John Davidson CBJ VP On the community talking Blue Jackets Hockey 2014

54,916 B John Davidson CBJ VP The business side of the CBJ is in a upswing with the team winning 2014

So far in the preseason, Columbus is 3-0 beating Carolina, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.





New Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis wasting no time in cleaning house for a “fresh start”

Ron Francis (2006 photo by akulawolf via wikipedia commons)

Ron Francis was one of the NHL’s best centers during his career which lasted form 1981-2004. He was used to winning and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 after playing for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto.

It has come to no one’s surprise to Carolina Hurricanes fans and media in North Carolina that he has started cleaning house after taking over as the general manager last week from Jim Rutherford who resigned after two decades.

The Hurricanes former captain and assistant coach fired head coach Kirk Muller and most of his staff. Muller was 80-80-27 with the Hurricanes. Also shown the door were assistant coaches Dave Lewis and John MacLean. Goaltending coach Greg Stefan has been reassigned to the team’s pro scouting department.

Francis, who was an imposing center during his playing days at 6’3, 200 pounds, said that no one’s job is safe on the team not even the most-popular stars. He also stated that a fresh start is needed for a franchise who has made the Stanley Cup playoffs only once in the past eight years.

The Hurricanes have won a Stanley Cup, in 2005-2006. They’ve won two Eastern Conference championships in 2001-02 and 2005-06.

Coyotes’ Whitney reaches 1,000 points

 

Ray Whitney (file photo)

Ray Whitney, who has been playing in the NHL  since 1991, was honored on Tuesday night by the Phoenix Coyotes’ for achieving 1,000 career points.

A former captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Whitney in his second season with the Coyotes, garnered an assist and a power-play goal against Anaheim on Saturday to get to 1,000 points.

The 39-year-old Whitney, has 365 goals, 636 assists for 1,001 points in 1,147 games.

He has also played for San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Detroit and Carolina.

Whitney was a 23rd overall pick in 1991 by the San Jose Sharks.

 

Info compiled from Phoenix Coyotes, NHL, Radio & TV news

 

Newton sets rookie QB passing record in rout of Buccaneers

 

Cam Newton in 2010 Iron Bowl Game (photo by Matthew Tosh via wikipedia commons)

Cam Newton’s improbable rookie season is continuing with more records being broken.

On Sunday in Carolina’s 48-16 win over Tampa Bay, he broke Peyton Manning’s rookie record for passing yards in a season and set a franchise record with a 91-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell.

The loss was the Buccaneers’ ninth straight defeat.

Manning came into the game needing 18 passing yards to break Manning’s record of 3,739 accomplished that on the Panthers’ first possession to LaFell on a 7-yard pass.

Newton threw for three touchdowns and scored himself on a 49-yard run up the middle where he outran smaller, faster defensive backs to the end zone.

Tampa Bay has one of the league’s worst defenses at #30.

 

Info compiled from Carolina Panthers & Tampa Bay Buccaneers news

 

Blue Jackets’ enforcer Boll returns to action

 

Jared Boll fighting (Dave Seaman photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are welcoming back one of the players that has been missing since the start of the regular season. Right winger Jared Boll is expected to play against the Chicago Black Hawks on Thursday night in Nationwide Arena.

The game will mark his 2011-2012 season debut.

Boll broke his right thumb in a fight with Carolina’s Bryan Allen on September 30 in the final exhibition game. He says his right hand is still swollen and stiff. There is a steel plate in his hand with nine screws.

Boll will return with no doctor’s restrictions on whether he fight’s or not.

There is no doubt that the struggling Jackets need Boll’s energy, enforcing, forechecking, size and speed in their lineup.

 

 

 

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