CBJ Sunday Stirrup #2
- Updated: June 21, 2009
This week has be quite a week for the Blue Jackets, a lot is happening around the team and this should catch you up. I’ve decided to make Sunday Stirrup a weekly column. Every week I will recap the week that was for the Blue Jackets, go over any rumors, free agent updates and potential draft choices.
For starts our phenom between the pipes Steve Mason claimed the Rookie of the Year award. He led the league with ten shutouts, was second in goals against at 2.29, and compiled a team record 33 wins while playing in 61 games. Impressive numbers for the kid, unfortunately however he finished second for the Vezina Trophy.
Rick Nash was honored as the 2008-2009 recipient of the National Hockey League Foundation Player Award, presented annually to a player “in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community,” as per bluejackets.com. In his honor, the NHL will give $25,000 to the charity of Nash’s choice.
Moving on to rumors, it was a wild week to say the least. For starters Mike Brophy at Sportsnet reported that a team looking to land Nash next summer should look to hiring former Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean. Brophy’s reasoning behind this was that MacLean could help that team land Nash. My input, Doug MacLean also works at Sportsnet’s hockey panel and is probability looking to get back into the NHL. Not a bad sell, hire me and I can increase your chances at Nash next year. Rick is in the last year of his five-year, $27 million dollar contract. In order to sign Nash I believe GM Howson will have to be offering between 6.5 and 8 million long term over 5-8 years. No need to worry, Howson will get it done.
Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch reports that the Blue Jackets will not tender Novotny a new contract thus making him a free agent July 1st. He expects the teams other 4 restricted free agents in left winger Alexandre Picard, defensemen Marc Methot and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, and goaltender Dan LaCosta to be offered a contract soon.
Light the Lamp has a great article on the draft here.
Nik Antropov who is believed to have some interested to the Blue Jackets is believed to be seeking 4-5 million on the opening market according to Andy Strickland. He just priced himself out of Columbus.
Some lesser known players we should look at include Cory Murphy, Chad Larose, Dennis Seidenberg, Jordan Leopold and Greg Zanon.
Present and past Blue Jackets out some dough.
The New York Post reported in Friday’s edition that 19 former and current NHL players filed suit against Ken Jowdy, alleging they invested the money with the Las Vegas-based golf-course mogul to develop two luxury resorts in Mexico — a project they say is seven years behind schedule.
Former New York Rangers and Islanders defensman Bryan Berard and one-time Islanders captain Michael Peca were hit the hardest, each losing $700,000 in the deal, according to the filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
“It’s particularly uncomfortable for all,” Berard told the Post. “He’s taken our money without telling us, and it’s supposedly all gone.”
Also we heard from a source that Columbus will choose at slot 16 but are hoping to get an additional pick to move back in the first and are hoping that the Islanders will turn over the number 26 in the first round and 37th overall in the second round for a ten slot bump up for the Isles. They may want to give 26th and 56th overall, the last of their three seconds.
And hey whatever happen to defensemen Frantisek Kucera?
HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE DAYS OUT THERE!