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Training Camp Report: Sept. 16

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
The club returned to the ice again on Saturday morning, broken into the same three groups as Friday. Group C had ice time from 9-11 a.m., with Groups A and B hitting the ice from 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. before a grueling workout with Strength and Conditioning Coach Barry Brennan.

WHY TAILGATE?: While most of Central Ohio was prepping for the OSU-University of Cincinnati football game at noon on Saturday, 80 plus Blue Jackets fans ventured down to the Dispatch Ice Haus to get a sneak peak at the Jackets squad this season.

"I like to check out the prospects when they come to camp," said John Arvai, a season ticket holder for the Jackets. "I am really excited about the season, we have a lot of young talent out there on the ice.

"I moved here from Cincinnati so I could watch the team. I told my wife we had to settle in Columbus just so I could go to the games."

CBJ EYES ON THE BUCKEYES: When the team finished its workout most of the guys hung around and watched the Buckeyes football game and it was broadcast over the speakers in the locker room.

"I go to as many games as I can," Ohio Native Dan Fritsche said. "I like to watch the games with all my buddies back home. We all put our jerseys on. I just bought a Ted Ginn jersey the other day."

Manny Malhotra was also seen sporting a Buckeye hat after practice.

PETR POHL AND MASON?: Young forward Peter Pohl delighted the crowd and had the highlight-reel play of the morning practice, taking the puck the length of the ice on a three-on-two drill using a little razzle-dazzle to put a strong shot on net and amaze the crowd. Unimpressed by the play was 2006 draft pick Steve Mason, who stopped Pohl cold with a glove save.

NASHER IS A GOOD GOLFER, TOO: Rick Nash and his foursome won the annual golf fundraiser at the Golf Classic at Double Eagle presented by First Communications, benefiting the Columbus Blue Jackets foundation. Nash teamed with Jack Partridge, Matt Evans, Brian Murphy and Gary Marcinick to post the lowest score and win the tournament and finished 36-under par to win the tournament.

Head coach Gerard Gallant was closest to the pin while Brian Betz had the longest put. Winning the longest drive for the ladies was Kim Sievers and David French for the men. On behalf of the Columbus Blue Jackets foundation, thank you for participating in making this event such a great fundraiser.

SUNDAY'S GAME VS. NASHVILLE: The Jackets have set their roster for tomorrow night's 6 p.m. contest vs. Central Division rival Nashville, the club's first preseason game of the 2006-07 season. The club plans on using Fredrik Modin on a line with Gilbert Brule and Joakim Lindstrom with Jason Chimera-Manny Malhotra-Dan Fritsche on the second line. On the third and fourth lines the club will use Alexander Picard, Alexander Svitov, and Adam Pineault; Andrew Murray, camp invitee Darcy Verot and Syracuse tough guy Brandon Sugden.

"We have nine vets in the lineup," head coach Gerard Gallant said. "I just want them to play hard it's the first game and it is only three days into camp. It would be nice if we could win all the games, that's what you play for.

"But I just want the guys to work hard and get used to their teammates."

The defensive pairings will look like this:
Kris Russell/Rostislav Klesla
Tomas Kloucek/Duvie Westcott
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen/Adam McQuaid.

In the net the club plans on using Pascal Leclaire with Tomas Popperle backing him up. The roster is subject to change.

CBJ MAILBAG: Throughout the 2006-07 NHL season, would like to answer questions from Blue Jackets fans. E-mail your query to for possible inclusion in a future mailbag column, which will be published every other Sunday, starting on Sept. 24. Letters may be edited for brevity, length and/or content. Please include your name and location along with your question. Click on the CBJ mailbag to submit your question: CBJ Mailbag.

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