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Training Camp Report: Sept. 28

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
Practice was delayed till closer to 11 a.m., as the four player representatives for the Columbus Blue Jackets faced delays in returning from New York for the FHM party, more on that later. The locker room was filled with the excitement over the Nikolai Zherdev signing. During practice, however, the team concentrated on the penalty kill for a lot of practice and did some 3-on-2 drills, as well as one-on-ones.

COMPLETE CAMP COVERAGE:
Training Camp Report: Sept. 27
Training Camp Report: Sept. 26
Roster Moves V (Sept. 26)
Roster Moves IV (Sept. 25)
CBJ 4 - CAR 2 (Sept. 24)
CHI 4 - CBJ 2 (Sept. 23)
CHI 5 - CBJ 2 (Sept. 22)
NSH 8 - CBJ 1 (Sept. 21)
Roster Moves III (Sept. 20)
Training Camp Report: 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

Notes from practice today:

JACKETS NOW COMPLETE FROM A-Z: From Anson Carter to Nikolai Zherdev, the entire projected roster for the Blue Jackets in 2006-07 is now complete with the signing of Zherdev today. The news circulated through the locker room fast.

"He's a high end player and a really exciting player and it is really a great day to get him back," Head coach Gerard Gallant said. "You look at our lineup and it is a good lineup. Offensively, there is a lot of talent there.

"We were a good team without him and we are a better team with him."

Blue Jackets captain Adam Foote was also excited about Zherdev's return to the Jackets.

"We have a lot of leadership in this locker room and a lot of depth," he said. "It is nice to have, and now that Z comes in, he adds another dimension to the game as a pure goal scorer. He is a young guy that is only going to get better.

"It is good because we don't have to rely on one guy or two guys, we have numbers."

Depth is something that was mentioned by most players, but Rick Nash was just happy to have the superstar right wing back in the locker room.

"We are a strong team and we have some good players to fill the spots but it is always nice to have a superstar back like him," he said.

PARTY LIKE A BLUE JACKET: Rick Nash, Jody Shelley, Bryan Berard and Manny Malhotra flew to New York yesterday for the annual preseason party, the NHL/FHM Game On Party, presented by COLD-fX.

"It was a good time," Malhotra said. "It was fun to see some of the guys in a different atmosphere, to see them outside of that competitive light and see what they are really like. It was a fun time."

The event, which was held at Marquee in New York City, had a mixture of athletes and celebrities, promoting the start of the 2006-07 NHL Season.

"The whole night in general was fun. Being in the city and going to an event like that was a lot of fun."

Though a professional athlete and used to the attention from the media and fan that coincides with it, Malhotra still had to walk down the red carpet for the first time when entering the party.

"It was funny, obviously there were a lot of (camera) shots at once and it gave you that Hollywood feel and doing a lot of interviews at once. I had never done anything like that before. It was a lot of fun."

PROFESSOR CHIMERA?: Through a contest, “No Back to School Blues with CBJ & WCOL,” Cathy Horlocker won the chance for her son, Mitchell, to have Jason Chimera and the Blue Jackets' mascot, Stinger take him to school this morning. So Chimera and Stinger took Mitchell to Hamilton Middle School this morning at 7 a.m. and hung out with the class for the first hour of class.

The Horlockers also won four tickets to the Blue Jackets Season Opener on Oct. 6th against Vancouver.

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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