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Are the Fireworks Over?

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

July 6

Canada Day and July 4th have come and gone, but are there more fireworks to be delivered by the management staff? Never say never as some more tweaking to the center and defensive positions will be open for viewing in the next few weeks. The team is undoubtedly better on paper than a year ago. There is size; there is character and there appears to be a cast of individuals wanting to be part of the Columbus experience.

Michael Peca sits and waits while this process continues. The center position remains a question at this point. Is the defensive core etched in stone right now? The defense is one of size and of that of the defensive mentality that Hitch would like to profess each night. There are a few individuals that will have to step up to the plate with the drop of the puck in training camp in this position… Kris Russell and Christian Backman… They appear to be some key ingredients to the success of the PP when you look at puck moving defenseman. Mike Commodore is a right handed shot that can fire the puck. Rusty Klesla can shoot the biscuit if needed. Tyutin has the ability to add some offense but his defensive prowess is why he is here. The transition game will be a key to success for Nash, Modin and Huselius. Getting the puck in the proper areas of the ice on the PP will be a must for all of these players. Once there, there will not much of a problem in getting to the net.

Congratulations to Chris McFarland on his promotion to Assistant GM. He is a quality young man that has a solid hockey mind and now has the opportunity to grow into this position with the guidance of Scott Howson. Scott dedicated himself to the same routine in Edmonton and look at him today. Congrats and good luck Chris!

The CBJ’s were out and about during the 4th of July. Red White and Boom was a success despite the weather. With the likes of the broadcasters and young players, it is still Stinger that is the crowd favorite. The young kids screamed, cried and some even hugged “the bug with an attitude.” The suburbs of Upper Arlington, Dublin, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg and Westerville were treated once again with the CBJ presence… The chants throughout the parade were “playoffs” and excitement by those that expressed an opinion!! The parade route in those areas is over, but plans are still in the pencil phase for a future parade for our old buddy “Stan.”

Stay tuned!!

*Throughout the season, AAA brought you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you updated on all the offseason action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets get to the free agency period.

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