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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 dominate Buffalo, 5-1

 

James Wisniewski had two assists vs. Buffalo (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Don’t look now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are on a hot streak and have been playing solid hockey for two weeks.

The CBJ are on a points streak of five games and are 4-1-2 since a horrible 2-12-1 start. They’re starting to look like an NHL playoff contender.

Captain Rick Nash led the way with two goals and goalie Curtis Sanford played like an All-Star in goal again as Columbus ran Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth early in the second period of as the home team won 5-1 on Friday night at Nationwide Arena.

The injury-riddled Sabres have lost three games in a row.

Enroth came into the game with a 7-2-1 record filling in for All-Star goalie Ryan Miller who is out with a concussion. He was pulled by head coach Lindy Ruff after allowing four goals on 18 shots in 24:29 of action.

Joining Nash in leading the Jackets to their highest goal total and largest margin of victory this season were, Mark Letestu, Marc Methot and R.J. Umberger who scored goals.

Registering assists for Columbus were, Ryan Johansen, James Wisniewski and Jeff Carter with two assists each.

The crowd of 16,705 saw Columbus dominate the game from the outset without a threat of a letdown.

GAME NOTES:

* Columbus left wing Vinny Prospal became the 268th player to play in 1,000 NHL games in a career. He is the sixth player from the Czech Republic to achieve the milestone. He was Philadelphia’s second pick, 71st overall player in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

*Vinny Prospal leads the Jackets in scoring with 19 points in 22 games.

* Buffalo came into the game tied with San Jose for the best road record in the league at 7-2-0.

* Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel was an assistant coach under Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff from 2002-2006.


 

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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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Blue Jackets acquire center Letestu from Pittsburgh

 

Mark Letestu with Pittsburgh January 2011 (photo by Dan4th Nicholas via wikipedia commons)

Columbus general manager Scott Howson says you can’t have enough centers on your roster, acquired a “top nine” player in Mark Letestu from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

Letestu who is 26, has a contract through next season and will cost $625,000 against the CBJ salary cap. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2013-2014.

Currently, the Jackets are without Jeff Carter who has a broken foot and rookie Ryan Johansen is being used as a winger at the present time.

Letestu is 5’11, 195 pounds and is from Elk Point, Alberta.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets & Pittsburgh Penguins