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Blue Jackets waive Clitsome; claimed by Winnipeg Jets


Grant Clitsome (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets started off their own NHL trading deadline Monday by waiving defenseman Grant Clitsome, who was claimed by the Winnipeg Jets.

Clitsome was not bitter, saying on his Twitter account “Thanks for all the support. Wish all the best to the Blue Jackets. Can’t thank them enough for the opportunity.”

The 26 -year-old from Sudbury, Ontario has a contract of $1.25-million through the 2012-2013 season.

In 51 games this season for Columbus, Clitsome scored four goals, had 14 points and minus-6 rating.

The 5’11, 208-pounder was drafted in the ninth-round, the 271st overall pick by the CBJ in the 2004 NHL Draft.

He played his college hockey at Clarkson University of the ECAC.


Info compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets & NHL




Selanne looking forward to visit to Winnipeg


Teemu Selanne of Anaheim Ducks in 2007 (photo by Arnold C. (Buchanan-Hermit) via wikipedia commons)

41-year-old Teemu Selanne is getting ready to return to the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, home of the relocated Winnipeg Jets.

The Anaheim Ducks right winger was a 10th overall pick of Winnipeg in the 1988 NHL draft.

He has also played for Colorado and San Jose.

The fans in Winnipeg gave him the nickname, “The Finnish Flash”.

The Ducks and Selanne will be visiting Winnipeg on Saturday.


Info compiled from Anaheim Ducks & Winnipeg Jets news

Red Wings’ Draper calls it a career at 20 years in NHL


Kris Draper in March 2007 (photo by Dave O. of North Vancouver Canada via wikipedia commons)

Would you believe that the Detroit Red Wings acquired forward Kris Draper from the Winnipeg Jets on June 30, 1993 for $1.00? Yes, it is true, because that was the waiver price in the NHL back then.

It was the best buck they ever spent!

Draper retired this week after 20 years in the National Hockey League.

The 40-year-old Draper, helped the Boys from Motown win four Stanley Cups. He has been offered a job in the organization in a front-office capacity.

The Red Wings had offered Draper a two-way contract to play in the minors, come to training camp on a tryout or play for another team. He wasn’t interested in those scenarios at all.

He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward in 2003-04, when he posted career highs of 24 goals and 40 points despite missing 15 games late in the season with a shoulder injury.

Draper was one of the game’s top checking forwards, faceoff man and penalty killers.

His 1,137 games played with Detroit if fifth in franchise history. He scored 161 goals and 203 assists for 364 points in 1,157 games.


Info courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings

Blue Jackets hire Scott Arniel as head coach; Boucher says no

On Sunday at the Memorial Tournament, several members of the Columbus media were sitting around eating and the topic of Blue Jackets hockey came up because Guy Boucher’s name surfaced as the number 1 choice. Most of us we shocked in a way that why would a candidate who is a minor league hockey coach like Boucher want to wait to decide whether to accept or not. The general concensus was he was going to say no. That was my personal thoughts because no one would pass up a chance to coach in the NHL when opportunities are few and far between.

Scott Arniel (Manitoba Moose photo)

So when I woke up this morning and saw my email that Scott Arniel was taking the job, I was not surprised. I liked him from the start as well as Kevin Dineen. I also liked Claude Noel, but all of us in the media felt he had no chance or they would’ve given him the job at the end of the season instead of making him wait 2 months to make a decision. Now he is gone because he said all along, he would not come back as an assistant after being the interim coach. You can’t blame him.

Good Luck to Claude Noel!  He’s a good man and solid coach and I personally thank him for all the interviews and time he gave to me and the rest of the media that follow the team on a regular basis.

Now to Scott Arniel, the former coach of the Manitoba Moose.

It has been reported that Scott Arniel was the Blue Jackets second choice as head coach. It doesn’t matter because sometimes number 2 just might be a better choice or a better coach. This past season, Joe Sacco was the number 2 choice of the Colorado Avalanche and he took one of the worst NHL teams and turned them into a Stanley Cup contender as they lost in the second round to Detroit just a few weeks ago.

The Blue Jackets are hoping that the 47-year-old Arniel can do the same. He accepted the job on Monday just hours after Guy Boucher rejected the team’s offer.

If everybody remembers, Scott Howsom was a second choice himself, taking the Jackets position after current Anaheim general manager Bob Murray turned down Columbus’ offer in the summer of 2007.

Former Blue Jackets TV broadcaster Danny Gare is very familiar with Scott Arniel from their playing days in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres. Arniel, who played forward, also served as a Sabres assistant coach from 2002-2006.

Gare says that Arniel will gain instant respect in the Blue Jackets locker room because he did play 730 games in the National Hockey League with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Boston.

Arniel will be introduced to the media at a press conference Tuesday June 8 at 3 pm.

Tkachuk retires from the St. Louis Blues

compiled from staff and wire reports

Keith Tkachuk (nhl)

St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk has retired.

The 38-year-old Tkachuk played in 1,201 games in his career.

Tkachuk scored 1,065 points on 538 goals and 527 assists, 2,219 penalty minutes. In January, the five-time All-Star and four-time U.S. Olympian became the fourth player in NHL history with 1,000 points and 2,200 penalty minutes.

Tkachuk this season had 13 goals and 19 assists in 67 games. He played for the Blues since the trade from Phoenix in 2000-2001 aside from a brief stint with the Atlanta Thrashers at the end of the 2006-2007.

A native of Melrose, Massachusetts, Tkachuk was a first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1990. In his prime he was one of the NHL’s top power forwards and peaked with 52 goals and 228 penalty minutes in 1996-97.