The 2 games this week vs Philly were extremely frustrating, for different reasons. @ Philly, we looked disinterested and flat. Yesterday's game started well, but quickly went south for reasons stated by others above. The injuries (especially SJ) and lack of offensive talent is catching up with them. I still have faith we can squeak in, but they need to turn it around quickly.
I just threw it out there. I researched a little after reading the comments from you two....I thought he was hot, but that seems to be a few weeks ago and has gone ice cold since. I thought he might come cheap. Just tired of watching our lack of offensive skill and thought we might be able to kick the tires on this guy.
I think a good move might be to try to acquire Ilya Kovalchuk from Montreal. They're shopping him and he's a dynamic LW scorer that we desperately need. It's not a long term fix, but he can still fill the back of the net, which we desperately need!
I grew up in a Cleveland suburb. Although Cleveland had a short-lived NHL team (Cleveland Barons...became the Minnesota North Stars) when I was really young, I never got to see a game. My first live hockey game was an OSU hockey game at the old rink next to St. John's. A kid that lived on my floor in the dorms at OSU played for the team, so we'd go and support him. If I remember correctly, he led the conference in penalty minutes for 2 straight years! I also checked out a half dozen or so Columbus Chill games in the 90's as well.
I was a Penguins fan growing up. My parents were from western PA, so my dad influenced me to be a Steelers and Penguins fan. I never traveled to see one of their games, although I wish I did to say I saw Super Mario & Jagr in their prime. But in 1997, my then-girlfriend & I went to Chicago to experience St. Patrick's Day in Chicago since we heard it was a lot of fun. While we were there, the Blackhawks had a home game, so I convinced her to go to a game with me. I wasn't a fan, I just wanted to go to my first NHL game. The Blackhawks were playing the NY Islanders. Because it was St. Patty's Day weekend, the fan giveaway was a green Blackhawks hat. It must've been a premonition because Tony Amonte scored a hat trick that day. Thousands of green Blackhawks hats were thrown to the ice, including ours of course! It was an awesome experience.
I had forgot what year that game was, I knew it was the late 90's, and before the Jackets existed. So I googled "Tony Amonte hat trick", and there was a You Tube clip!
I don't think Foudy can play tonight. The London Knights have a game too, so he has to play for them.
IMO, I'd be willing to take a gamble & trade Korpi for a scorer. Elvis has more upside.
How about Gerbe?! I like this dude. 5'4"??!!
It will be huge for the CBJ if this dude comes through and is a better than average goalie.
A lot of good this does for us now. Should've been a 5 minute major. It could've swung the momentum. I think they were hesitant to call it due to the controversy over the 5 minute major that was called in game 7 of the SJ/Vegas series.
Duchene - 1st period
Speaking of our captain, I'd love to see him on the ice with Stamkos tonight after what happened at the end of the last game.
Indeed...it wasn't that long ago when we were only relying on the top line for scoring. And now all lines are contributing. it's a beautiful thing!
What a great video. It gets me jacked for tonight!
I love how the crowd went nuts for Bob while Jody was interviewing him after the game. C'mon Bob! Don'tcha want to sign the dotted line now?!
Hopefully Wenny will eventually regain form. Good luck to Texier, I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do.
Bjorkstrand - 1st
Me and my family go to several OSU hockey games per year. The last time ND was in town to play OSU, Jarmo was sitting right behind my family with another CBJ scout. He was really nice to my 11 & 7 year old sons and actually let them know who he was there to watch (Peeke and an OSU player).
The Jackets came up big for sure last night after a flat 1st period. And when it counted most. Such a huge win!
A game like this one could be a catalyst to a hot streak. Let's hope so.
Bread has been struggling. Getting into that scrap may just pull him out of it. Teams usually respond when a scorer snaps and throws down. He took a cheap shot, so I can't blame him for going after McAvoy.
I remember Mario Lemieux snapping a few times back in the day and pummeling dudes. Mario was a big dude though, so it wasn't as much of a surprise when he'd get the upper hand.
It's time to roll with Kincaid.
I know there's 19 games (I think?) left to go, but it feels like tonight is a must-win for the Jackets. They've done well against the Flyers, but they are about as hot as it gets right now. But you have to win these home games against teams you are fighting with for a playoff spot. Carolina is hot as well, and we all know how we've done versus the Pens. After losing Tuesday, we have 3 more home games on this stand, The schedule is not getting any easier, so I think we need at least 4-5 points out of these 3 games.
I wanted the Jackets to trade Bread as well. I also wanted them to deal Bob, if they could. But now since that did not happen, I'm going to sit back and enjoy this season, see where it goes, and not worry about the worst case scenarios for the UFAs. Hopefully, we will finish strong, solidify a playoff spot, and make a deep run.
Many times as a sports fan, I wanted my team's GM to say f*ck it, and go for it. Most times, it didn't happen and the GM played it safe for the long haul. So, I'm going to have fun with this and enjoy this ride. Go Jackets!