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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.





Blue Jackets beat Toronto, 2-1 as Bobrovsky stars in goal

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots vs. Toronto (file photo courtesy ColumbusWired.net)

Everybody said that it would be better if the Columbus Blue Jackets played in the Eastern Conference.

The CBJ seems to matchup better with those teams and usually had good overall records against most of the teams.

Well, the Jackets have proven everybody right.

After beating Toronto last night, 2-1 the Blue Jackets have an overall record of 31-25-5 with 67 points. They sit 5th in the tough Metropolitan Conference and 10th in the Eastern Conference. They are just 1 point behind the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings for the 8th and final playoff spot.

Columbus, who won the season’s series against Toronto, dominated the final two periods Monday night to win the game before a disappointed crowd of 19,577 at the Air Canada Centre.

The goal scorers were Artem Anisimov and Dalton Prout. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky almost captured his seventh career shutout but did stop 28 shots.

The Maple Leafs scored at the 15:45 mark of the 3rd period on Mason Raymond’s 17th goal of the season.

The CBJ return home tonight to play the Dallas Stars of the Western Conference at 7 pm.

 

POSTGAME NOTES: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 4 FLORIDA PANTHERS 1: On Columbus Chill night

FLORIDA PANTHERS DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

50,291 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Not pleased with any aspect of the loss to CBJ

50,292 Kevin Dineen Florida coach It’s natural to be tired this time of year. How do you get rid of it

50,293 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Any concerns with this team right now heading to Detroit

50,296 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Nice ovation for him from Columbus fans as a former CBJ player

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

50,304 Todd Richards CBJ coach Key moments York goaltending, shutting down 5 on 3 PP

50,309 Todd Richards CBJ coach On Nikita Nikitin’s production of 32 points was this expected when trade was made

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing playoff contending teams very tough the past two months.

Friday night was no exeception as they defeated the Florida Panthers from the Eastern Conference, 4-1.

 

(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

Again, it was the stellar play of goaltender Allen York with 30 saves and the defensive effort on the penalty-kill that sealed the game for Columbus.

The Jackets received goals from R.J. Umberger (16,17) and Nikita Nikitin (6,7) in the win.

The Blue Jackets saluted the 20th anniversary of the Columbus Chill, who were established in 1991. The fans still love the Chill as they were all sorts of caps, jerseys, jackets worn throughout the arena.

The game had a nice, enthusiastic crowd for a Friday night of 17, 944.

FLORIDA GAME NOTES:

* The Panthers are fighting for a playoff spot with 90 points and a 37-25-16 record.

* They are coached by former original Blue Jackets star, Kevin Dineen, who many feel, fans and media, should’ve been hired as head coach here when the team hired Scott Arniel.

* Dineen received a nice ovation from the fans as he was being recognized during the game. The fans always liked his all-out, hard-nosed play.

* The Panthers are vying for their first playoff berth in 12 years (2000).

* The team has the 10th-best power play in the NHL.

* One negative stat on Florida, is they lead the NHL in bench minors with 16, which includes two Friday night of too many men on the ice. Dineen says that is his fault and they have to clean it up.

* One of the reasons why Florida is so good, is they’ve picked up players who were stars elsewhere: Scottie Upshall, Mikael Samuelsson, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky and Ed Jovanovski.

(file photo)

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS GAME NOTES:

* The Blue Jackets honored the Olentangy Orange hockey team who were winners of the annual CBJ hockey tournament.

* The hockey game was played inside while weather conditions around the Columbus area had several tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. Like they say, “The game must go on!”

* The Blue Jackets have scored 18 goals the past five games or 3.6 per game during that period.

* Defenseman Dalton Prout became the 40th player to play for Columbus this year. Of the 40, he is the 20th to make his Jackets debut and seventh to make his NHL debut. All are franchise records.

* Columbus scored the first goal of the game for the 37th time this season. The team is 20-13-4 in those games, 15-3-1 leading after the first period and 20-6-2 leading after the 2nd period.

* The Blue Jackets lifetime are 8-4-0 all-time vs. Florida, including 4-2-0 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus has won five straight games in the series.

* Defenseman Nikita Nikitin, acquired in the Kris Russell trade earlier in the season, has set career highs in several categories: goals (7), assists (24), points (31) and games played (57). One of the best trades this organization has ever made.

* The Jackets now have a record of 26-45-7 for 59 points on the year.


CBJ signs defenseman Dalton Prout to three-year contract

 

Dalton Prout (courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Dalton Prout to a standard three-year entry level contract.

The 22-year-old Prout combined to register nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points and 99 penalty minutes in 52 games with Barrie and Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League. He set career highs in goals, assists and points. Prout added 2-0-2 and 27 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games for the Saginaw Spirit, leading the team in penalty minutes and goals among defenseman (tied).

The Blue Jackets’ seventh pick, 154th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft, Prout has collected 17-49-66, 436 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +16 in 286 career OHL games with Sarnia, Barrie and Saginaw. He has added 3-9-12 and 73 penalty minutes in 46 career playoff games.

Prout is 6’2, 218 pounds and is from LaSalle, Ontario.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets trim roster; five players assigned to Springfield Falcons

Blue Jackets locker room (megasportsnews.com)

The Columbus Blue Jackets  made their second roster moves of training camp on Sunday, assigning five players to the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

The moves were announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson.

The current training camp roster consists of 48 players.

The five players who were assigned to Springfield are: forwards Kyle Neuber, Chris Francis and Tyler Murovich and defenseman Michael Ratchuk and Dalton Prout.

Columbus continues its preseason schedule on Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. the game can be heard on the Jackets Radio Network on The Fan 1460 AM and online at BlueJackets.com.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets