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Training Camp Report: Sept. 20

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
After an impressive 4-1 victory over Buffalo where the Jackets lost Sergei Fedorov for four to six weeks with a shoulder injury, the team took the ice this morning. The group that did not play hit the ice at 10 a.m. while the group that participated in the game held practice at 12 p.m.

Both groups had an off-ice workout with head strength and conditioning coach Barry Brennan. But what does an "off-ice workout" consist of? (Read Below)

COMPLETE CAMP COVERAGE:
Roster Moves III (Sept. 20)
CBJ 4 - BUF 1 (Sept. 19)
Roster Moves II (Sept. 19
Training Camp Report: Sept. 18
Roster Moves I (Sept. 18
CBJ 2 - NSH 0 (Sept. 17)
Training Camp Report: Sept. 16
Training Camp Report: Sept. 15
Training Camp Info

ASK BARRY: "It is all about maintenance," Brennan said. "They worked hard over the summer and their work out on the ice rather intense."

"It is about maintaining what they have developed throughout the off-season."

Speaking of the off-season, Brennan had a busy one, marrying his girlfriend Jayne over the summer.

AGNEW HOLDS COURT OVER SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY: The Jackets really focused on special teams play, devoting most of the 1.5 hour practice to the power play and penalty kill. The practice consisted of a few early drills before new assistant coach Gary Agnew took over and worked the power play. After going 0-for-9 on the power-play in the opener vs. Nashville, Columbus went 3-of-6 last night. Meanwhile, the PK has not surrendered a goal in 21 disadvantages thus far this preseason.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES FOR GEOFF PLATT: Last season, Geoff Platt was a training camp invitee, who was brought in to fill out the Blue Jackets rookie camp roster for the rookie tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. After scoring seven goals in four games, Platt earned a spot with the AHL club in Syracuse, where he scored 30-35-65 in 68 games, even appearing in 15 games with Columbus, scoring 0-5-5.

This year is a little different.

"I have a year of professional hockey under my belt now," Platt said. "It opened my eyes on how much more I had to improve to get to the next level.

"It was great to see what I have to shoot for. I sat by and I watched a lot and I got to learn a lot from the older guys."

Last night Platt showed a little of what he learned scoring a goal and adding an assist in his preseason debut.

TWO DEBUTS IN GOAL: >Fredrik Norrena and >Ty Conklin both made their CBJ debuts on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena, combining to stop 40-of-41 shots in the 4-1 win over Buffalo.

Conklin, who started the game, stopped 22-of-23 shots.

"I felt pretty good out there and I got a couple of breaks. It was nice to get some action out there," Conklin said. "In goal it comes down to playing well, so I just go in there and try and control what I can control."

Norrena, who was obtained in the Fredrik Modin deal, stopped all 18 shots he faced in his North American debut.

"I got into the game pretty fast with some good couple of shots at the start," Norrena said. "We won the game, so you have to be happy with that. It is nice to get the first one under the belt."

CHARITY AUTOGRAPH SESSION: The club took a timeout for charity today, signing jerseys, pennants, sticks, hats, pucks and helmets to benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets foundation, which donates over $700 worth of autographed merchandise to local charities per month.

"I think as a player in the NHL or some figure that is in the public, you are obligated, it is a part of the deal, a part of the job. People look up to us as role models, especially kids," Blue Jackets captain Adam Foote said. "It is important that we take time, like we did today, to do these signings. It is good for the community."

The Foundation dedicates time, resources, and financial support to organizations committed to meeting the educational, cultural, health and wellness needs of its citizens. Since its inception in March 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than $975,000 in grants in support of local non-profit organizations that serve the Foundation's pillars of giving.

The foundation's most recent event, the Golf Classic at Double Eagle presented by First Communications, raised over $165,000.

CBJ AT CHICAGO: The club released its roster for tomorrow's road game at Chicago. Alexander Svitov, Gilbert Brule, Alexandre Picard, Jason Chimera, Fredrik Modin, Joakim Lindstrom, Jaroslav Balastik, Jody Shelley, Dan Fritsche, Darcy Verot and Anson Carter will make up the forwards.

On the Blueline, the club will use Anders Eriksson, Jamie Pushor, Tomas Kloucek, Aaron Johnson, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Andrew Canzanello. In between the pipes will be rookie Tomas Popperle and Norrena.

Game time is schedule for 8:30 p.m. with complete coverage on the CBJ Radio netword.

CBJ MAILBAG: Throughout the 2006-07 NHL season, CBJ.com would like to answer questions from Blue Jackets fans. E-mail your query to CBJ.com for possible inclusion in a future mailbag column, which will be published every other Sunday, starting at the end of September. Letters can be addressed to any member of the organization and 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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