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So much has changed with the Columbus NHL franchise that maybe they should be called the New Jackets.
The Blue Jackets are no longer Rick Nash - and a bunch of other guys.
After almost a decade of being known as ''Nash's team,'' the Blue Jackets, who open their 12th season on Saturday night in Nashville, will feature several players acquired from New York in the midsummer blockbuster that sent Nash to the Rangers.
Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon - who came over in the Nash deal - along with Sergei Bobrovsky, Nick Foligno and several new faces - will undoubtedly play important roles in the young team's reconstruction.
There's anxiety but also hope with so many newcomers on the roster of the beleaguered franchise.
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Not so long ago Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky were considered two of the brightest young goaltending stars in the NHL.
Now the 24-year-olds are vying for playing time - and maybe a jump start to their careers - with the rebuilding Columbus Blue Jackets.
Mason won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2008-09, the only season the Blue Jackets have made the playoffs...
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There is quite a game of chicken going on here. Who are the main chickens?
Well, in this corner you have the Vancouver Canucks. Mike Gillis is holding onto a goaltender who has already asked for a trade and half of British Columbia seem to want out on the next red eye. However, the Canucks are also a team about enter into a compressed NHL schedule. Schedule where having two solid...
As Columbus Blue Jackets training camp commenced Sunday at the Ice Haus in front of more than 1,000 cheering fans, there was chatter all around. Chatter about the new faces of the club, the speed of the practice, how the goaltending looks, how good it was to be back and of course, analysis of just who among the 25 might step up to be captain now that Rick Nash, traded last summer...
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
A pair of 24-year-olds, Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky, will share that duty until one of them wins the net. Coach Todd Richards has been clear about riding whoever is winning. Both goalies have had hot spells during their short careers. Both have gone cold.
Mason appeared to be a godsend — he won 33 games, had 10 shutouts...
Rangers coach John Tortorella says it's the right time for Rick Nash to be in New York.
The franchise is going for its first Stanley Cup since 1994.
Nash improves the Rangers' chances.
On the other side of North America, the Vancouver Canucks can't wait to resume their quest for their first NHL title.
The Rangers, Canucks - and their fans - won't want to talk...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Dubinsky was traded from one of the best teams in the NHL to the worst.
Yet when he looks around at his new Columbus Blue Jackets teammates, he doesn't have a whole lot of regrets about leaving the bright lights of New York along with the Stanley Cup aspirations of his old team, the Rangers, to join a team just hoping to be respectable.
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Newsday - Rick Nash prepared for high...
Yesterday, John Tortorella was a guest on WFAN's Mike Francesa radio show...
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...i've listened to a couple of Torts' radio interviews recently and man, is he obsessed with making sure his players don't get injured in camp.
Tortorella wasn't the only Ranger on the radio yesterday, as...
A depth forward could be on the radar for the Rangers.
Looking over the Rangers training camp roster, one thing that really stands out is the lack of depth, particularly on offense. Right now, the following has been reported as Torts’ early line combos.
Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik – Derek Stepan – Ryan Callahan
The Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned promising forward Boone Jenner to his junior team and newly acquired defenseman Tim Erixon to Springfield, Mass., of the American Hockey League.
The moves allowed the Blue Jackets to get down to the 23-man limit for their opener at Nashville on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old Jenner is the club's second-round pick in the 2011 draft...
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
If you can’t wait to see Dallas Star Jaromir Jagr, Carolina Hurricane Jordan Staal, New York Ranger Rick Nash, or Minnesota Wild Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, you’re not alone.
If you stand in eager anticipation for the return of NHL hockey on Saturday, whether you plan on sitting through a day’s worth of games or simply nestle in...