Posts Tagged ‘cavaliers

09
Jul
10

91 days…

In one of the craziest, whacked-out moves of the Doug Maclean era, Red Wing legend Sergei Fedorov came to Columbus in a trade that blows many minds to this day. The CBJ gave up both Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin to acquire Fedorov and Anaheim’s 5th round pick early in the 2005 season. The oddity of this transaction came when Todd Marchant refused to waive his NTC and was placed on waivers and claimed by Anaheim. The rest is history… Both Beauchemin and Marchant won the Stanley Cup soon after the trade, Tyler Wright ended his on-ice career, and the 5th round pick amounted to a prospect who never made it.

Fedorov spent almost 3 seasons with the Blue Jackets and was jettisoned at the 2008-2009 trade deadline for defensive prospect Teddy Ruth. Fedorov never meant much to me as a fan but I’m sure he made a few Red Wings fans feel uncomfortable in their skin.

Speaking of Tyler Wright…

Various Blue Jackets Bloggers suggested a great idea to get together and be merry during the “dog days” of summer. There will be reminders of this event as the day approaches. Sounds like every Blue Jackets blogger will be in attendance, maybe even me.

The Cannon picked up on this article yesterday from The Other Paper discussing the new relationship between The Ohio State University and their Athletic Department and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here’s a brief snippet I found interesting:

“The whole motivation for doing this is I believe we can make a difference,” said Riggs. “It’s been fun working with (Blue Jackets president) Mike Priest and his crew (at Nationwide). Certainly, we want to keep the Blue Jackets here. Even before the partnership, there’s no advantage to us to not have the Blue Jackets. We’ve always rooted them for them to be successful.”

It’s refreshing to see that those involved with the “evil empire” of Central Ohio, as some may refer to it, realize the drastic importance of the Blue Jackets to Columbus and Franklin County’s economy.

If you didn’t catch Cleveland Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert’s open-letter to Cavalier fans… well, you need to read it here. Many will criticize him for being unprofessional and rude, but as a fan, I would love to see that considering the situation the City of Cleveland has been left in. I don’t know if I’d ever burn a jersey, but I don’t blame those who have gone ballistic after this whole LeGone mess.

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07
Jul
10

93 Days, and LeBron still has not signed!

93 days to go boys and girls.

Jake Voracek is the only Blue Jacket to have worn the number 93. Jake will hold a special place with many Blue Jackets fans hearts after his first round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft held in Columbus. Quite the night to remember (or not remember in my case) for the franchise. Hopefully we’ll see many more years of Voracek playing in the Union Blue. Heck maybe even a contract extension will happen soon?

News and notes:

Today the Blue Jackets announced the signing of goaltender David LeNeveu to a one-year contract. LeNeveu will most likely serve as the back-up in Springfield to Gustaf Wesslau. The former top prospect of the Phoenix Coyotes spent 2009-10 in Austria and had a good year there. I’m just glad there is some real depth in the organization. No offense to Lacosta or Lalande, the change was needed… much like the house-cleaning of the entire coaching staff.

Earlier this week Bob Boughner became the final piece of the coaching staff puzzle. I won’t pretend to know a lot about the guy, but winning 2-straight Memorial Cups is impressive regardless of having some of the best NHL prospects the past two seasons. Frankly, I’m excited by this move. Boughner leaving for Columbus is the pop-sport equivalent of someone like Jim Tressel or Nick Saban leaving their prime-time NCAA Football teams for an assistant position with the Cleveland Browns or Kansas City Chiefs.

Speaking of Cleveland… even NHL fans can’t ignore the insanity that is surrounding the coming LeBron James selection special on ESPN. Many hilarious jokes have been tweeted and spouted off on TV, but it’s amusing to me that the network hosting this special tomorrow night is also teasing LeBron about this method of announcing his next NBA team. Aaron Portzline did a nice job comparing Rick Nash’s almost free agency and LeBron’s current ego-trip. Great talents at what they do, Nash showed more maturity than anyone could have imagined in re-signing just over a year ago without the pomp and circumstance that James has tried to drum up for himself.

I could go on for hours about this, but the obsession with LeBron is proof positive of many Americans misplaced priorities and obsession with celebrities and their lifestyles. They’re only as famous as the attention we give them…

Go Jackets




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