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Blue Jackets get their man; Wisniewski signs for 6 years

James Wisniewski (file photo)

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman James Wisniewski to a six-year contract.

The Blue Jackets acquired Wisniewski’s rights from the Montreal Canadiens for a seventh round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft on Wednesday. With his signing, that pick will now be elevated to a fifth round selection in 2012.

The 27-year-old Wisniewski has registered 27 goals and 121 assists for 148 points with 302 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 329 career NHL games with Montreal, the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Last year, he combined for 10-41-51 and 38 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Islanders and Canadiens, including 7-23-30 and 20 penalty minutes in 43 games with Montreal. He tied for fifth among NHL defenseman in points and was seventh in assists in setting career highs in goals, assists and points.

The Canton, Michigan native has also represented Team USA at a pair of World Junior Championship tournaments and at the 2008 World Championships. In 2003, he tallied 0-4-4 and six penalty minutes in seven games to help Team USA win the gold medal. At the 2008 World Championships, he had 1-2-3 and six penalty minutes in six games.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

 

Blue Jackets get rights to defenseman Wisniewski from Montreal

James Wisniewski (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets, needing defenseman to help their goaltenders out, added one of the NHL’s top veterans at the position.

The Jackets acquired the rights to James Wisniewski from the Montreal Canadiens for a seventh-round pick on Wednesday.

The condition of the deal is that if Columbus can sign the potential unrestricted free agent to a contract, the pick will be in the fifth round next year instead of the seventh.

The Canadiens acquired Wisniewski from the New York Islanders on December 28 for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round selection. The power-play specialist scored 10 goals, 41 assists in 75 games last season.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

 

20-year NHL veteran Weight retires

Doug Weight with NY Islanders vs Washington in October 2010 (photo by Bridget Samuels via wikipedia commons)

Doug Weight, a longtime captain who played for six NHL teams in 20 years (1991-2011) the Rangers, Edmonton, St. Louis, Carolina, Anaheim and the New York Islanders, has announced his retirement.

The 40-year-old Weight accepted a job with the Islanders as an assistant coach and senior adviser to general manager Garth Snow.

One of the National Hockey League’s top playmakers at center, Weight played 1,238  games, scoring 278 goals and garnering 1,033 points.

He won a World Cup of Hockey championship for the United States and was a three-time Olympian-winning a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

 

Info courtesy of the New York Islanders, Radio & TV news

NHL draft lottery does no favor for Columbus

(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

 

When it comes to the NHL draft lottery, the Columbus Blue Jackets almost always never get a break. This year is no different.

The Blue Jackets came into lottery day at number 7 but could’ve climbed as high as the third spot, will be picking eighth at the June 24-25 draft which will take place in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center.

Edmonton will pick #1 for the second straight year, followed by Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, the New York Islanders, Ottawa and Atlanta.

New Jersey won the lottery, which allowed them to move from #8 to #4 and pushing everybody else down in the order including Columbus.

According to National Hockey League rules, no team can move up more than four spots or down more than one.

Since joining the NHL in 2000, the Blue Jackets have never improved their draft position through the lottery.

The Blue Jackets, unless they pull off a trade, will not have a chance to draft the top three players available, forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog and defenseman Adam Larsson.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets & NHL news

Islanders remove interim tag, keep Capuano as coach

 

Jack Capuano (file photo)

The fans of the New York Islanders, one of the NHL’s yearly bottom of the standings team, fell in love with interim head coach Jack Capuano. The Isles, played a much-improved second half of the season going 26-29-10.

As a result, the Islanders have removed the interim tag and have made Capuano their permanent coach.

Capuano was selected as the interim coach from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Bridgeport, Connecticut on November 15 when Scott Gordon was given a pink slip in the middle of a 10-game losing streak which put the team out of the playoffs for yet, another season.

 

compiled from staff, NHL & New York Islanders news

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