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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 regain their energy in dominating San Jose, 4-0

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCES

52,107 Matt Calvert CBJ LW Columbus’ energy level was there tonight no doubt

52,108 Matt Calvert CBJ LW How did the team gets his speed back to dominate the game tonight

52,109 Ryan Johansen CBJ center Columbus needed a win tonight and dominated play

52,115 Marian Gaborik CBJ RW Team went from no goals to 4 goals good win

52,116 Marian Gaborik CBJ RW He likes young Columbus team going in right direction

52,119 Todd Richards CBJ coach Adding Marian Gaborik to young team has been a huge factor

 

SAN JOSE SHARKS DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCES

52,095 Joe Thornton San Jose center On another blowout loss at Columbus, 2nd this season

52,096 Joe Thornton San Jose center Sharks 0-3 last 3 trips to Columbus. This was a step back for team

52,098 Joe Thornton San Jose center His thoughts on playing an improved Columbus season

52,099 Brad Stuart San Jose Defenseman Team not ready to face Columbus

52,104 Patrick Marleau San Jose center He has to get his game going, not scoring right now

Marian Gaborik has fit in nicely with young Blue Jackets team (photo by Sam Fahmi, courtesy Columbus Wired)

On Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild, a 3-0 loss, the Columbus Blue Jackets were scrambling all over the ice without any speed or energy and their NHL playoff hopes looked very dim.

But on Tuesday night, they regained their step and energy and routed for the second time this season, the San Jose Sharks, 4-0. The crowd of 17,771 at Nationwide Arena did not know what to expect after Sunday’s debacle, but they saw the CBJ win convincingly.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky turned the magic again and stopped all 30 shots, preserving his fourth shutout.

The goal scorers included James Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen, Matt Calvert and Marian Gaborik, providing Columbus to move closer to eighth-place Detroit in the Western Conference by two points.

The Jackets have played San Jose twice in Columbus this season and has won two games by an aggregate score of 10-2 (6-2, 4-0).

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

* Sergei Bobrovsky, Goalie, CBJ: Showed why he is up for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender.

* Marian Gaborik, LW, CBJ: The team’s new Rick Nash scored a goal and an assist.

* Matt Calvert, LW, CBJ: Set the game’s tone with the first goal of the game using his speed.

 

Blue Jackets play complete game; beats Colorado in overtime, 2-1

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM

51,914 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center On the team finally playing a complete game to win

51,915 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center Colorado shot totals were down to 19 nice puck possession by CBJ

51,916 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center On Artem Arnisimov getting hurt them coming back late to win game

51,923 Artem Arnisimov CBJ Center Finally a win and the young players from the AHL played well

POSTGAME AUDI FROM COLORADO AVALANCHE DRESSING ROOM

51,905) Rick O’Reilly Colorado Center Goaltender Semyon Varlamov kept game close

51,906 Rick O’Reilly Colorado Center First game back and he got more shifts as game progressed

51,910 Joe Sacco Colorado coach On the play of Rick O’Reilly in first game back with team

51,912 Joe Sacco Colorado coach Semyon Varlamov gave the team a chance with his goaltending

COLUMBUS, O. — The Columbus Blue Jackets are getting better with each game. They suffered several one-goal losses.

The players have said that they have to play a complete game tow in those one-goal losses into wins.

Artem Anisimov celebrates game-winning goal

On Sunday, they played that complete game in an overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1. They played toe-to-toe with the more talented Avs. And won the game on a goal from a player who limped to the dressing room in the first period with a leg injury.

Artem Anisimov blocked a shot and had to go to the dressing room. He was in so much pain that head coach Todd Richards was told by the medical staff that his return was unlikely.

Out of nowhere, Anisimov came back for the opening faceoff of the second period.

His return was a blessing in disguise as he scored the game-winning goal at 2:26 of overtime before 13,778 at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets were on 4-on-3 power play, when Anisimov snapped a wrister which beat Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov to the near post.

Blue Jacket' Jared Boll (40) and Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau mix it up

The win allowed the Jackets to post a three-game posts streak of 1-0-2.

Tim Erixon (20) played a solid game

The ageless Vinny Prospal scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season early in the third period to tie the game at 1-1.

The Avs had gone ahead at 12:35 of the second period on P.A. Parenteau goal.

CBJ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 18 saves against a Colorado team which saw itself defensing its territory all night as the Jackets put up 34 shots on goal.

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

* Artem Anisimov, CBJ Center: Tough player, keeps on ticking.

* Tim Erixon, CBJ Defenseman: Received plenty of ice time, 23:38 and provide the assist on Anisimov’s goal.

* Ryan Johansen, CBJ Center: Played a big role with 19:07 of ice time and won 12 of 18 faceoffs.

 

PHOTOS BY JASON MOWRY; COURTESY ColumbusWired.net

CBJ’s Johansen only representative in NHL All-Star festivities

 

Ryan Johansen (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets, owning the league’s worst record, will not have a player in the NHL All-Star Game for the third time in 11 years.

Even annual All-Star and team captain Rick Nash will be staying home.

But there is good news, rookie center Ryan Johansen will be a part of the All-Star Weekend, as he is one of 12 rookies who’ll take part in the All-Star weekend later this month in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The 19-year-old Johansen will take part in the skills competition on January 28.

He is having a nice season so far with seven goals, eight assists and a plus-3 rating.

 

Info compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

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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