Posts Tagged ‘klesla

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.

23
Jul
10

77 Days!

Anson Carter’s time with the Blue Jackets was a brief stay. Number 77 signed with the CBJ at the beginning of the 2006 season and was shipped in February ’07 to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 5th round draft pick in 2008.

In his one season with the Jackets, Carter posted 10-17-27 in 54 games. The journeyman played for 8 NHL teams in his 11 seasons in the league, and never won a Stanley Cup.

Upon his trade from Columbus, the 2008 5th round draft pick turned into now-CBJ-prospect Tomas Kubalik who will be spending time with Springfield this season.

A very slow news-week for the Blue Jackets, but here’s a brief look at the goings-on:

Today Puck Daddy posted his top 5 most potentially painful NHL arbitration cases, naming Anton Stralman to that list. Not to re-hash the subject too much, but Howson and the Blue Jackets are in a difficult position with the looming arbitration. The pressure is on Howson to make the right move and I believe he will.

With the expected up-tempo style the Jackets are supposed to play under Arniel, the team cannot really afford to lose someone with the offensive talents of Stralman. But when Stralman is awarded a contract the CBJ balk at, he will become a free agent, and I seriously doubt any team would hire the defensive liability that is Anton Stralman. Then again, I’d rather have Anton on the defense than Marc Methot…

Traverse City Tournament dates have been posted and The Dark Blue Jacket has all the details.

Matt over at The Cannon has been hard at work, seemingly all the time, with lots of info for the upcoming season. The “Players to Watch” series has been very in-depth with individual looks and predictions for 6 different players so far. Most recently: Rostislav Klesla. Be sure to check it out.

Grant Clitsome has officially re-signed with the Blue Jackets. It was reported by The Dispatch a week ago, but just today officially announced by the Blue Jackets. Clitsome was a pleasant surprise at the tail-end of a lost season, but let’s face it. If Clitsome sees significant playing time in Columbus, it may be part of another lost season.

Finally, a “Thank You” to all readers of my blog. I don’t say thanks enough for doing so. And it only gets more exciting when in the middle of the summer, after such a crappy season for our team, my blog experiences the most traffic it ever has. It’s a simple thing, but it certainly is exciting to see something like that in the off-season.

77 Days!!!

03
Jul
10

97 Days and counting

Happy Independence Day all! Before the hockey-less summer really gets rolling, I had the idea to help keep track (for better or worse) with a Blue Jackets countdown.

Oddly enough a numerical roster for the Blue Jackets could not be found on the team site or many of the other hockey database websites. Thankfully there are a few die-hard fans and therefore a big thanks is owed to En4cer45 (of twitter fame) for compiling an all-time Blue Jackets Numerical roster to aide with the countdown to 2010 Puck-drop in Sweden!

Rusty Klesla is the only Blue Jacket to wear #97 and thus is the only mention today. Klesla was the Blue Jackets first ever NHL Entry Draft pick and has been with the club since it’s inception. Some refer to him as the lone “original” Blue Jacket, but playing in only 8 games that season does not make him a part of that original team.

I look forward to jogging some memories on the past of the Jackets and hopefully we can all learn something.

The Jackets will wrap-up their development camp tomorrow after 4 days of drills, conditioning, and fitness testing. So far I’ve been able to see each day of camp and have been really impressed with a few players.

John Moore, 2009’s 1st round draft pick has impressed since the first practice I watched. Smooth skating, speed, and conditioning all seem to be there. From what I’ve seen I would be very surprised to not watch him play in the NHL this year.

Matt Calvert, a 2008 5th round pick has reached a point where he will be pushing most wingers from last year’s team for a spot. This kid is fast, agile and seems to have some pretty sweet moves.

Cam Atkinson, while he is one of the smallest guys on the ice the 2008 6th round pick has been pretty impressive. I don’t have a clue if he’ll be in Springfield or Columbus this year, but according to CapGeek.com he has not signed a contract yet, probably pointing to his return to NCAA Hockey.

Petr Straka, has been interesting as there are moments of brilliance and then some boneheaded bad passes or receptions of passes. He’s someone to keep an eye on.

Gustaf Wesslau, while not a recent draftee, Wesslau was recently signed to provide much-needed goalie depth in the minors. I have a difficult time judging goalies, but from what I’ve seen, Wesslau does not give up many rebounds and tends to get them away from the middle.

I don’t claim to be a scout, but just sharing what I like about some fo these guys. Tomorrow will be a tournament which should be very interesting.

Happy 4th and Go Jackets!




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