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Blue Jackets give nice tribute to former player Klesla


Rostislav Klesla with Blue Jackets in 2010 (photo by 5of7 via wikipedia commons)

When Rostislav Klesla played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was always amongst the favorite player for fans and media alike.

One of the reasons for his popularity was he was always accessible to fans for autographs and was always available to the media whether the team won or loss.

When was traded to Phoenix last February after 515 games with Columbus, fans that follow the team where very upset.

Last night (Friday January 13), Klesla, the Blue Jackets first-ever pick in the NHL’s entry draft, played his first game in Nationwide Arena since the trade to Phoenix.

The Blue Jackets honored him with a video tribute during the first period and the arena went into an applause with Klesla waving his hand and stick in appreciation.

The 29-year-old defenseman from Czechoslovakia in 531 NHL games has scored 42 goals and 92 assist for 134 points.


Info from game stats, Radio & TV news

Former Jackets return tonight when Phoenix comes calling


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Columbus Blue Jackets fans will see several familiar faces tonight in Nationwide Arena when the Phoenix Coyotes visit.

Former Jackets Rostislav Klesla, Ray Whitney, Raffi Torres and Gilbert Brule along with former coach Dave King are in town.

King, Columbus’ first head coach is the Coyotes’ developmental coach.

Whitney leads Phoenix in points with 36.

Klesla, the Blue Jackets’ very first pick in franchise history, in 2000, number-4 overall will be making his first visit to Nationwide since being traded to the desert city team on February 28, 2011 for Scottie Upshaw and Sami Lepistro, who are no longer with Columbus.

Klesla, who was one of the most popular Blue Jackets players, has one goal, seven assists and a plus-5 rating in 36 games.


Info compiled from NHL & Phoenix Coyotes game information


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Blue Jackets acquire Upshall, Lepisto; deal Klesla to Phoenix

Scottie Upshaw (file photo)

Sami Lepisto (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Scottie Upshaw and defenseman Sami Lepisto from the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Rostislav Klesla and forward Dane Byers.

The Jackets say goodbye to the last of their original players in Klesla, who was their first draft pick, fourth overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft. He registered 41-92-133 and 508 penalty minutes in 515 career games, which ranks as the third-most appearances in club history. He has earned 3 goals, 7 assists and 10 points in 45 games this season.

Byers, who was acquired from the New York Rangers in November, has collected 12-22-34 in 64 AHL games with Springfield and Connecticut this season.

The 27-year-old Upshaw has registered 80 goals and 85 assists for 165 points and +36 plus/minus rating in 340 career NHL games with Nashville, Philadelphia and Phoenix. He has garnered 16-11-27 and is +5 in 61 games with the Coyotes this season. Upshall is from Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Lepisto, a 26-year-old native of Espoo, Finland, has registered 5-22-27 and a is +17 in 131 career NHL games with Washington and Phoenix. This season with the Coyotes, he has collected  a career-high 4-7-11 and is +7 in 51 games.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

Blue Jackets drop 4-3 decision to Phoenix


Scott Arniel still searching for right pieces with the Jackets (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are still searching for that winning formula, which has been missing since November.

They came a little bit closer to playing better in a recent game against Phoenix. The Jackets lost 4-3 before 11,109 at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus received goals from Jared Boll, Rostislav Klesla and Kristian Huselius.

The home team could not win despite leading 2-0 less than six minutes into the first period and 3-1 which evaporated early in the third period.

The Phoenix Coyotes, who have been a thorn in the side of the Blue Jackets for years, won the game on a flukey goal in the third period.

At 10:44 of the third, the Coyotes’ Derek Morris fired the puck into a crowd that caromed off Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon’s blocker pad, flipped up into the air and dropped into the goal off his back and that was the game.


46 302 Dave Tippett Phoenix coach The team is resilient back to back 3rd period goals (V-Teck)


46 319 Scott Arniel CBJ coach Frustrating losing streak since Thanksgiving (V-Teck)

Blue Jackets play well in beating Minnesota in shootout, 4-3


COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets made a complete turnaround from their 4-1 debacle at Chicago on Sunday in Chicago, giving up three goals in the third period.

The next game was against the Minnesota Wild, the Blue Jackets expansion-bretheran from 2000, and head coach Scott Arniel decided to shake up the lineup by sitting out regulars Jake Voracek, Derek Dorsett and Rostislav Klesla, all healthy scratches.

Arniel also did the unthinkable, starting  shaky Steve Mason in goal. Mason was his old rookie of the year self as he made several clutch saves throughout the game, 37 all told, in leading the Jackets to the victory. It was only his second win since November 22.

Steve Mason finally gets a win (file photo)

The Jackets received goals from Derick Brassard, Fedor Tyutin and Andrew Murray in regulation as they rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1. The goals by Tyutin and Murray were scored just :41 seconds apart in the third period and put them up 3-2.

In the shootout, an area where the Blue Jackets usually struggle, they excelled as Rick Nash, Kyle Wilson and Kristian Huselius all scored to seal the win.

The three stars of the game:

Steve Mason, Columbus goalie.

Rick Nash, Columbus left winger, two assists.

Chuck Kobasew, Minnesota left winger, One goal, one assist, a plus-2 rating.

SOUNDS FROM THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

46 225 Derick Brassard CBJ center Weird game a win with no power play tries (V-Teck)

46 226 Derick Brassard CBJ center Team picked up momentum killing penalties (V-Teck)

46 228 Derick Brassard CBJ center Third period comeback was huge by CBJ (V-Teck)

46 235 Kyle Wilson CBJ center Getting a win for Steve Mason gives him confidence (V-Teck)

SOUNDS FROM THE MINNESOTA WILD POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

46 216 Todd Richards Minn coach Couldve been devastating to lose on back to back goals in 41 seconds (V-Teck)

46 217 Todd Richards Minn coach Outshot CBJ all night but they scored on their chances (V-Teck)

46 218 Todd Richards Minn coach Mikko Koivu had a soild game tonight (V-Teck)

46 219 Todd Richards Minn coach Wild nice rebound after loss on Sunday to Detroit (V-Teck)

46 220 Mikko Koivu Minn captain Played well all night despite loss (V-Teck)


* The Wild had a record of 16-14-4, with 36 points, good for 3rd in the Northwest Division and 13th in the Western Conference.

* Lost at Detroit the night before coming to Columbus, 4-1.

* 5th on the Power play in the NHL.

* Marek Zidlicky, has 33 points in his career against Columbus. 7 goals, 26 assists more than against any other team.

* Are 1-5-2 playing second game of back-to-back games.

* 13-2-4 when scoring first, 3-12-1 when they don’t.

* Goalie Jose Theodore needs one win for 250 in his career. Only 7 active goalies have accomplished the feat.


* Came into game at 17-15-3, with 37 points, good for 5th in the Central Division, 12th in Western Conference.

* Are 9-9-1 at home.

* Lost at Chicago the night before playing Minnesota, 4-1.

* Were on a 1-4-2 skid in the last 7 games.

* Are 17-16-4 all-time vs. Minnesota, 12-5-1 in Columbus.

* 29th on the Power play in the NHL (12.2%)

* 22nd on the penalty kill (79.6%)

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