The season is getting closer and it can be felt by all of us in the business. When my days are now being filled with doing in-depth interviews you know the time is ticking. This appears to be the most anticipated year for the franchise since year one back in 2000. Scott Howson and Hitch have compiled a big, space eating squad that will play aggressive and high tempo hockey. As fans you will get an inside look at this team and how it was compiled over the summer months. It is a half hour presentation and this is the schedule of the Fox Sports Ohio show.
The title is - Blue Jackets Live: Preseason Special Presented by Nationwide
Jeff Hogan and I are the show hosts. The show focuses on the player acquisitions this past summer and includes interviews with Ken Hitchcock, Scott Howson, RJ Umberger, Raffi Torres, Nikita Filatov and Mike Commodore. Also included is a feature on Rick Nash and his experience creating the 2K9 video game. Tune in and enjoy.
9/6/2008 - 12:30 p.m.
9/7/2008 - 12:30 p.m.
9/10/200 - 12:30 p.m.
9/10/200 - 7:00 p.m.
9/12/200 - 6:30 p.m.
9/13/200 - 5:00 p.m.
9/16/200 - 2:00 p.m.
9/16/200 - 6:00 p.m.
9/18/200 - 6:00 p.m.
I am excited for this year to begin, as I will continue to work with my partner George Matthews on the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network. We are trying to become the largest affiliate base in the NHL… we are currently on 30 stations, two behind the Minnesota Wild, but are awaiting news from 5 other stations in the state of Ohio to join our Radio Sound Network. If you have a station near you and you have an interest in getting them on board, let Russ Mollohan, our Director of Broadcasting know and we will make certain an invite is sent to them to be part of the Blue Jackets Radio family.
I will also return to the Fox Sports Ohio "Blue Jackets Live" with Jeff Hogan at home games and Jim Day on the road… plus… I will get a chance to do 37 post game shows on the road with Jim Day… come on road wins so it give us something to brag about on the positive side of the coin as we wrap up the game!
Last year was a great opportunity that was presented to me and I did cherish every opportunity awarded… I know what you are thinking plastic surgery Davidge, and lots of it.
Here are a couple of quips that surround the team… Ross Yates and Tent Cull, the Syracuse Crunch staff is in Columbus all week with the parent coaches. They are breaking down systems and making sure everyone is on the same page. The communication pipeline starts with agreeing to each and every detail on teaching and how all systems are manufactured and deposed to the players. It proves to be successful when those call ups are warranted throughout the season.
Also Brandon Sugden has tried to make a bid to get back into the NHL after a so called "retirement" back in 2006. The NYI had an interest in the tough guy's services… but for Brandon to be reinstated, he had to get thumbs up from all 30 NHL teams, but was turned down by three. At this time of writing he is in appeal with the NHLPA in hopes of turning around he decision… why?... his father has cancer and has been given less than a year to live, and he wants to give his dad a chance to see him play.
*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 training camp in September.