Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
- Skate near your opponent who has the puck. A poke check is done by a player who is trying to steal the puck from another one; so you'll need to be within a stick's reach from the puck.
- Wait for the player with the puck to make a small mistake. All you need is for the player to push the puck out a little too far in front of him or to fail to guard the puck for one second.
- Use the blade of your hockey stick to poke the puck away from your opponent. A poke check should be a simple jabbing motion at the puck, not a swipe.
- Skate hard after the puck as soon as you've poked it away from your opponent. Remember speed is key here because your opponent will be trying to get the puck back just as quickly as you are trying to get it safely away.
Reading these instructions . . . I ask you Jackets faithful: Is our season getting poke checked from us? Everyone is staying close to us, trying to steal it all away from us. They are waiting for us to make tiny mistakes and then capitalizing on them (and no...this is not exactly rocket science strategy here, but it works). "Fail to guard the puck for one second . . ." that line just has the Anaheim game of last Saturday written all over it. We let them score first and they moved on to step #3 - they used a "simple jabbing motion." Calgary did this last night as well. They saw we were not giving 150% and they jabbed and chipped and kept at it. And that is really all it takes. Earlier this season, I would have said a persistent kicking motion would be the end of my sanity but now I think it may be the jabbing of a poke check!
My biggest fear right now is that more and more games and teams are going to follow through with step #4. They are going to knock the puck away, skate like mad away with it, and we are going to be left in the dust. I am still holding hope. I have NOT given up. I STILL believe!! But is it possible the Jackets are already in step #4 and are now chasing after the puck to get it back? If so, then we as fans need to continue to cheer, continue to rock the Arena, and continue to . . . (awww come on, you knew this was coming right?) check for the Pope!!! Because we need all the help we can get!!
Carry the Flag!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
News is that the Jackets have acquired center Chris Gratton from the Tampa Bay Lightning, who tried to bring Gratton back up on re-entry waivers. This is a rather interesting trade, based on the high number of centermen the Jackets have, and the fact that Howson has already proclaimed that nothing has had an effect on his search for a center.
Friday, February 20, 2009
It may seem like a broken record after this concept was first addressed over a month ago, but I believe it is time to really reconsider how valuable Vermette would be to the Jackets roster.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Consider tonight a lesson learned for Jackets players and fans. This team is not unbeatable, they are not perfect, and they won't win out. They are bound for a crazy finish, but no one can predict where it will land.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
- Acquiring a center, even at rental status to take up Brassard's spot for the remainder of the season. This will allow minimal line modifications, and let the players get set in positions they are comfortable with. I do not care how much you want to think he might be capable of it, Malhotra is NOT a first line center. Who should go? A prospect, and Modin. I do not care how hard that will be to swing, Howson needs to swing it.
- Continue to work with the powerplay to make it a POWERplay, rather than simply a man advantage. Playoff teams have strong specialty teams.
- Let Mason get healthy. Mono is a horrible thing to deal with, and he should be on bedrest for at least a week to try and get back when his body is prepared to let him back. What happened against Dallas and St Louis could easily have been avoided if Hitch would think with his head rather than Mason's.
- Trade a defensemen. The logjam is going to be an issue with Klesla healthy again. I personally do not want to see Backman dress again, and I would hate the idea of either Methot or Russell having to sit out games. They all have their strengths, and they are all trying to build chemistry with their linemates. No more juggling!