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49 Dan Fritsche

Dan Fritsche remains one of the few native Ohioans to ever play for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Fritsche was drafted during the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and spent parts of 3 seasons with the Jackets. Fritsche was a typical grinder for the Jackets until the make-over summer that sent Fritsche along with Zherdev to the New York Rangers for Christian Backman and the man I forgot about, Fedor Tyutin.

I kinda feel bad for Dan Fritsche getting shipped out of Columbus, but if the roster was going to be truly re-made, it was a necessary move. Pretty insane that GM Howson had the foresight that Backman, Zherdev and Fritsche would all fizzle out of the NHL (although Zherdev is returning this season).

My favorite Dan Fritsche moment was Friday, March 7, 2008 in the midst of on of the worst blizzards to hit Columbus in decades. It was a special night because there were maybe 7,000 people in attendance and everyone was intently focused on the game to mentally escape the carnage happening outside. The Jackets trailed for a good chunk of the game until Dan Fritsche became the hero scoring the game-tying-goal with 1 second remaining to force overtime. It was a pretty surreal moment, although the Jackets went on to lose the game.

I need to apologize.

I missed one of the most obvious players/numbers in the whole damn countdown.

After the 2009-10 season was completed Dark Blue Jacket named Tyutin the MVP of the club, and here I am leaving Tyuts out of my countdown. Sigh…

Tyutin was acquired in the previously mentioned trade that also brought in Christian Backman.

Tyutin was the lone stud on last year’s blue line and was just plain tired as the season wore on. With a little help from the rest of the guys, he could have a big-time season. Tyutin still has 2 years remaining on his current contract at $2.843 million per season, a very friendly hit for such a minute-eater.

Bits of news:

Pre-season tickets are on sale… wooo (Official Site)

Chat with 2009 Conn Smythe winner Evgeni Malkin mentions the similar attempt of “reaching out” that worked on Malkin that Tyler Wright has recently attempted with Nikita Filatov (Puck Daddy)

Brad Larsen was hired today as the newest, and final new coach in the Blue Jackets system. (Dispatch)


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