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Posts Tagged ‘Peoria.’

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.

 

 

Dragons’ Hamilton steals 100th base

 

Billy Hamilton (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

Billy Hamilton stole three bases including his 100th of the season, on Saturday night, September 3, before a crowd of 7,932 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.

The win, 4-2 over the Lansing Lugnuts, improved the Dragons to 82-56 on the year, tying the club record for most wins.

Hamilton became just the 12th player in Minor League Baseball history records to steal 100 bases in a season. He broke the Cincinnati Reds all-time organizational record, passing up Ramon Sambo’s 98 steals with the Cedar Rapids Reds in 1988. Hamilton is the first player to steal 100 bases in a season since 2001 when Chris Morris of Peoria stole a Midwest League record 111.

The Dragons, who are 22-6 over their last 28 gmes, improved their second half record to 47-21, the best in the minors among the seven full-season leagues that play a split-season format.

Also in the game, Dayton pitchers struck out 12 batters, leaving them three short of the all-time Midwest League record for a full-season.

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons