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Lucky number 61

The captain and only first overall pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise. Rick Nash became the face of the franchise soon after his selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, in a pick swap with the Florida Panthers.

We all know and remember that Nash signed an 8-year contract extension last summer, so odds are Nash will be with the Jackets through the summer of 2018… don’t throw-up in your mouth like me thinking about how old you’ll be 8 years from now.

(Ed. note, this is a continuation of a countdown to Puck-Drop 2010 in Stockholm featuring various CBJ players who wore each number, a special thanks to En4cer45)

Here’s a link dump of all the recent Blue Jackets related news and blog posts…

Rob Riley has signed-on to coach minor-league Springfield and develop players for the CBJ’s future. As many have mentioned, Riley is part of one of the greatest hockey families in America and this article has some great insight into his past, and what his coaching could bring to the table. Bruce Landon, the Falcons President and GM, sounds pretty excited about the deal, and the relationship with Columbus as a whole:

“I was very impressed with the way Columbus went about making its decision on the coaching position,’’ Landon said. “They did a thorough job (of evaluating candidates). Rob comes here highly recommended.’’

Filatov is BACK. The Dispatch seemed to have some sort of tracking device keeping track of his whereabouts recently, and now Nikita has joined the group of players training in Columbus. I’m very glad to see him staying true to his word of returning, and recognizing the need to mend some fences with his teammates. Filatov’s early return bodes well for his readjustment to the NHL and to potential positive impact on the Blue Jackets roster this season. Here’s the Q&A with Filatov that Aaron Portzline recently had.

Mike Commodore is already working to make amends for last seasons slump. His training with former coach Frank Burggraf reportedly has him skating better than at any point last season. There is no doubt that Commie was embarrassed about last seasons failings both as a team, and individually.

From the blogs; Dark Blue Jacket has a call for “82 in ’10“, or as I like to say, “FSO PLEASE STOP SUCKING!”. Given the choice, I’d rather see all 82 games in HD like DBJ, than see the axe dropped on select TV personalities who may or may not have ever been to a hockey game before last season. Something to think about along these lines however, at what point will all 82 games in HD HURT attendance? We all have days where we just want to stay in after a long-days work, and if every game is in HD, some may have an easier time justifying not attending a game. That my friends, is the much faster track to saying goodbye to the Blue Jackets.

Light the Lamp has some suggestions about reorganization of the NHL pre-season. Frankly, I don’t care about the pre-season. Much like the indifference felt towards prospect tracking, there’s a point where it’s all the same to me. The potential exposure of marketing the hell out of the Jackets pre-season would surely reap benefits among average Joe’s, but the typical hockey fan wouldn’t bite on it.

The Green Seat View has a look at the revamped Central Division’s goalie situation. Lots of new names in new places. Will Halak be awesome in the regular seasons for St. Louis? Can Howard continue to be good as the team in front of him suffers from arthritis? What about Marty Turco and Pekka Rinne? Interesting stuff to watch for.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the upcoming Cannonfest. A week from today! Be there or be square.

Finally, just wanted to let those of you who read the blog know that I was given the distinct honor to write for Puck Daddy’s “Mount Puckmore” series about the Blue Jackets. Please check it out. I’m looking forward to seeing what everybody thinks!

(Special thanks to OSUSmitty, BigTRulz03, and FrickinDannie for their input in compiling the Mount Puckmore list)


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