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Training Camp Notes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by davepoleck

Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings prepares to tee off on the 13th hole of The Bear at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.

There’s Lidstrom doing his best impression of a Leaf in April….

Red Wings training camp opens up today and here some things that have already come up:

– Niklas Kronwall should be ready to start scrimmaging as early as today.

– Ken Hitchcock has been invited to camp by Mike Babcock to “learn” and see how other teams run thing. There is obviously no on ice role in this situation for Hitch, but it’s cool to see the two build on their Olympic experience.

– Babcock mentioned that the Wings are planning to head into the season with some new defensive pairing, which will see Lidstrom and Rafalski split up at even strength.

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Hitchcock Fired; New Coach & GM

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 4, 2010 by davepoleck

Woooooooo! Congrats to all Blue Jacket owners who waited out the horrible run with defensive minded Hitchcock as their coach. Now we can finally see this offense fly the way it should. Ken Hitchcock, while not the official GM of the team, had a gigantic stranglehold over this organization. Scott Howson now has the room to actually become the realy GM of the Jackets. I can’t wait to see what they can do with this roster without Hitch’s grip over it. I look for big seasons from Brassard, Voracek and yes, Nikita Filatov next season.

Is This It?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 6, 2010 by davepoleck

Ken Hitchcock’s time in Columbus has got to be nearing an end by now, after losing to the Canucks 7-3. They have only won three games in their last 26!! Going 3-16-7 over that span. This is all coming from a team that was finally assumed to be over the hump after making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. I have actually heard that the team cannot afford to fire Hitchcock, as he still has a few years left on his contract. This would mean they would have to continue to pay his expensive salary, while also giving cash to whoever they might hire.

The Next to go?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 9, 2009 by davepoleck

Since the departure of Nikita Filatov to Russia on November 17, Columbus has went 2-8. Filatov’s KHL team, CSKA Moscow, has went 6-2 since his arrival, after being in a 1-8 slump before he came to the team.

I am not saying that Columbus has been affected by Filatov leaving, just that it is interesting to note the effect that he has had on a clearly struggling team. In Columbus, Nash is struggling, Mason is going through the sophomore jinx and Brassard is nonexistent. They play Florida tonight; if they lose I would not be surprised to see some changes very soon.

A Missed Opportunity

Posted in Columbus Blue Jackets with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by davepoleck

Yesterday, an elite prospect by the name of Nikita Filatov decided that he wanted to go finish the season playing in his homeland of Russia. The reason for this is mainly due to the lack of ice time and opportunity that he was receiving in Columbus. Through only 13 games played, he averaged only 8:06 on the ice. During a season where there are many rookies being given opportunities on their team’s, the 6th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft has been stuck playing for a stubborn, defense-first coach, who has a history of being unwilling to work young talent into his system. Continue reading