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Posts Tagged ‘Central Division.’

Joe Dumars resigns as Pistons President of Basketball Operations

Joe Dumars at White House with Pistons (photo by Office of the U.S. President via wikipedia commons)

It had been rumored for weeks that Joe Dumars would either resign or would not have his contract renewed by the Detroit Pistons.

On Monday, the Detroit Pistons announced that Dumars would step down as President of Basketball Operations, yet remain as an advisor to the organization and its ownership group. During his 14 years as President, Dumars guided the organization to a 595-536 (.527) regular-season record, 73 playoff wins, six Eastern Conference Finals appearances (2003-08), six Central Division titles, two Eastern Conference Championships (2004, 2005), two NBA Finals appearances and the 2004 NBA Championship.

The Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2009.

During the 2005-2006 season, Detroit recorded its best regular-season record in franchise history (64-18). The Pistons made it to the Eastern Conference Finals six straight years (2003–2008) under Dumars’ leadership.

Columbus Blue Jackets off-season moves paying off early

The Columbus Blue Jackets made some significant changes to the overall look of the club during the 2012 offseason.

John Davidson left the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues to become the new President of Hockey Operations. Todd Richards had the “interim” tag dropped and is now the head coach.

Richards has added two new members to his coaching staff, Associate Coach Craig Hartsburg and Assistant Coach Keith Acton.

The franchise has added 5 new players in forwards Artem Ansimov, Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Foligno; defenseman Adrian Aucoin and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

The team is off to a 1-0-1 start with 3 points against Division rivals Nashville and Detroit using a fast-paced offense with in-your-face gritty defense.

 

Blue Jackets continue to roll by beating Blues; York wins third in a roll

 

Allen York (courtesy of RPI athletics)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing several playoff-bound teams expecting to win in matchups against them but they keep pulling off wins with a rookie goaltender and a stud defensive corp.

Over the weekend, the defeated the St. Louis Blues, 5-2.

Even in losing the Blues clinched their first Central Division title since the 1999-2000 season. St. Louis is second in the Western Conference behind Vancouver.

R.J. Umberger who has been on a scoring and assist binge lately, scored twice and 22-year-old rookie goalie Allen York made it three wins in three career starts for the Jackets. He finished with 34 saves.

Jared Boll, Derek Dorsett and Vinny Prospal also scored for Columbus.

David Backes and David Perron scored for the Blues.

The crowd of 19,150 was the Blues’ 23rd sellout of the season.

 

Info compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets & St. Louis Blues news

Central Division leaders Chicago doubles score on CBJ, 6-3

 

Jonathan Toews of Chicago Blackhawks April 2009 (By Resolute via wikipedia commons)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Chicago Blackhawks came into Thursday night’s game with the Blue Jackets on a three-game skid.

It’s hard to believe that this team was having problems, because they’re the best team in the Central Division.

They got well real quick, because they were playing the Central’s worst team, Columbus.

Jackets-killer Jonathan Toews scored two goals and added an assist, and Chicago’s horrible power-play scored twice as well in a 6-3 win over the struggling Jackets.

The Blackhawks dominated play so much during the game, that it had a 27-9 shot lead after 29 minutes of play.

Chicago, had lost to St. Louis 3-0 on Tuesday, entered the game last in the NHL in power-play production, scoring only 5 goals in 57 opportunities. They went on to go 2-for-3 against the Blue Jackets penalty kill which is one of the worst in the NHL.

The Blackhawks also received goals from Andrew Brunette, Steve Montador, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. Brent Seabrook and Nick Leddy chipped in with two assists apiece.

An announced crowd of 15,048, saw a few bright spots in the loss for Columbus. Grant Clitsome lit the lamp twice, a career-high; recently acquired Mark Letestu scored a goal and star player Rick Nash earned his 500th career NHL point. Fedor Tyutin garnered two assists.

The Jackets continue to frustrate themselves and their fans with the worst record in the NHL at 2-12-1 and 5 points.

 

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In wake of another loss, CBJ swaps Russell to rival Blues for Nikitin

 

Nikita Nikitin with St. Louis Blues (By Bluesgirl64, Jen Ketchel Photography via wikipedia commons)

I was sitting in Nationwide Arena pressbox on Thursday night after another Columbus Blue Jackets loss, this time to Chicago, 6-3 and my Twitter account was blowing up with all these rumors of a trade going to happen before the night was over.

There was a trade, involving Central Division rivals, the Blues and Blue Jackets.

With Ken Hitchcock, the former coach of the CBJ in St. Louis, there are certain players in Columbus he desires.

One of those is Kris Russell, who has underachieved in Columbus. He is now a member of the St. Louis Blues.

The Blue Jackets get a taller defenseman in return, 6’3, 190-pound Nikita Nikitin.

Nikitin is 25 years old and was the 136th overall pick of the Blues in the 2004 NHL draft.

The trade of Russell is a no-brainer because first round pick John Moore is a younger player and has shown more promise each game he’s played. Russell, who has an expensive contract, was expendable. Nikitin is a restricted free agent at season’s end and comes cheaper at $600,000 a year.

In 2010-2011, Nikitin made the surprising advancement from the KHL in Russia to the Blues and their farm team in the AHL, Peoria. In 41 games with St. Louis, he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and 9 points. With Peoria, he was 3-11-14 in 22 games. He shows some promise.

Both are puck-moving defensemen, but the Blue Jackets needed a more physical player which Russell is not.

 

 

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