Posts Tagged ‘johnson

25
Aug
10

44 Days, Git-some

Oh the jokes that have been told, and will continue to be told, thanks to 2010’s debut of Grant “Git-some” Clitsome. Clitsome was a bright spot in the final games of the season and will be around for at least one more year after he accepted his qualifying offer earlier this summer. While he will probably spend more time in Springfield this upcoming season, I’m relieved to know there is someone like him able to fill in, and NOT LOOK OUT OF PLACE, with the Jackets.

Rusty Klesla was written about more than 50 days ago, but in his first 4 seasons with Columbus, 44 was “Mr. Original’s” original number.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the big guy in action for the whole season.

Uhhhh Peter Sarno, who is this guy? Well, now that you’ve asked, Sarno signed with the Blue Jackets prior to the 2005 NHL season and appeared in a grand total of ONE game with the Blue Jackets. After the season he moved on to the Swedish Elite League and is now playing in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) for, get this, “Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg”….

Uhhhhh yeah

Aaron Johnson was previously mentioned as number 47, which he wore during 2004 and 2006, and then number 44 during 2007.

In a short time in Columbus Aaron Rome didn’t have the impact that was hoped for during the 07-08 or 08-09 seasons. Rome did however appear in one of the Jackets 4 playoff games in the spring of 2009.

After not being re-signed by the Jackets, Rome moved on to Vancouver and has played himself into a two-year contract with the Canucks, where his playing career continues today.

One of the Western Conference teams I despise most signed one of my favorite “short-term” Jackets… sorry Raffi, you are now the enemy. (Puck Daddy)

Why would I mention an Ohio State football blog on my Blue Jackets Blog? Well, at least the hardcore fans recognize the Jackets as “something to do” in Columbus while you visit our great city for an OSU game. (Eleven Warriors)

Here Come The Hawks has a brief look at some questions surrounding every team in the Central Division. All is not gloom and doom in CBJ land according to them. (Here Come the Hawks)

Big BIG news today in NHL-land. The 2010-2011 TV schedule has been released! Hooray! Puck-rakers has a look at what FSO will cover (75 games), no HD number has been announced yet.

Puck Daddy has the “Winners and Losers” of the upcoming TV schedule, I hope you like seeing Ovi! The Jackets are up from 2 Versus games in 09-10, to 3 Versus games in 10-11.

And Steve Lepore’s Puck the Media has an NHL Super Schedule with a look at every team’s appearance (or lack thereof) on both American and Canadian television.

22
Aug
10

47, A Bunch of Nobodies

Don’t feel bad if you can’t remember more than Geoff Platt’s name ringing a bell. This is probably because he didn’t do much with his short time in Columbus.

Center Geoff Platt signed as a free agent with Columbus in early 2005 and managed to appear in 15 games during that season. In the next season he appeared in 26 games with Columbus bringing his total to a whopping 41 NHL games with the Blue Jackets.

Early in the 07-08 seasons Platt was traded to Anaheim for minor-leaguers Clay Wilson and Aaron Rome. In his brief NHL career Platt would best be qualified as a “Minor League Plus” player. He has found a scoring touch in previously the AHL and now with the KHL.

The other number 47 in Columbus history was defenseman Aaron Johnson. After being drafted by the Jackets in 2001, Johnson spent parts of 3 seasons with Columbus, totaling 116 games during the 2003, 2005, and 2006 seasons.

Since not receiving a qualifying offer from Columbus in the summer of 2007, Johnson has been on the move each of the last 3 seasons, Johnson has spent time with the Islanders, Blackhawks, Flames, and Oilers in his time since leaving the Jackets. After never really sticking anywhere, I’ll be surprised if Johnson gets many more chances in the NHL.

The Green Seat View continues making “A Case for Columbus” with the most recent installment, “The City, Part 1, The Food“. Green Seater mentions some Columbus staples but leaves off a few of my favorites: Catfish Biff’s Pizza (Campus), Buckeye Donuts (Campus), Columbus Fish Market, Cap City Diner, the Original Max & Erma’s (German Village). There are few places he lists that I have yet to try, and now will definitely need to now that yet another person recommended it.

The winds of change are a blowing… well at least there’s a slight breeze about. Shootouts will no longer be included in a teams win total when it comes to tie-breakers. Puck Daddy goes on to give a good bit of credit to GMSH for nudging these changes in the right direction. Last season the shootout had a bigger impact than it ever has previously on the final league standings. I’m all for decreasing the impact a skills competition has on who does and doesn’t make the playoffs, especially since the Jackets have been so poor in the said competition.

I also wouldn’t mind a slight scoring change if the powers that be reject allowing overtime to change to 3 minutes of 4-on-4, 3 minutes of 3-on-3, and 3 minutes of 2-on-2, before the shootout.

I’m glad to see the league and management being proactive on this front. I am extremely “anti-tie” but have strong feelings against the use of a shootout. A continuous OT like the playoffs would be nice, but the weight of regular season games doesn’t warrant 4 hour hockey games




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