Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Blue Jackets Keep Gallant

Don't call Gerard Gallant an interim coach anymore. GM Doug MacLeanwill announced Friday that Gallant was named head coach for the Blue Jackets. MacLean added, "He is an outstanding young coach who knows the league and has a vision for what he wants to see from our players on the ice."

Gallant is an NHL veteran who played 11 seasons before retiring in 1995.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Suchy

<>The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Radoslav Suchy from the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Blue Jackets also picked up a sixth-round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and sent the Coyotes a fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft in return.

Suchy played in all 82 games for Phoenix last season, recording career highs with seven goals, 14 assists and 21 points. In 372 career games, Suchy scored 12 goals and 63 points with a plus-31 rating.

"Radoslav Suchy is a capable top-four defenseman with nearly 400 career games of experience in the NHL and is just 28-years-old," said Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean. "He's a good fit for our team. He's a good puck mover and has been a 'plus-player' every year of his NHL career."

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Sanderson Back in Columbus

The Blue Jackets claimed left wing Geoff Sanderson off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks, who had acquired Sanderson for their playoff run in the wake of the Bertuzzi suspension. The leading point scorer in Columbus history, Sanderson hopefully will keep the scoring touch that he displayed in Vancouver.

Quenneville to Coach Avalanche

Joel Quenneville, former coach of St. Louis, was hired Wednesday to coach the Colorado Avalanche. We had hoped that the fine coach would land in Columbus, but it was not meant to be. Colorado has themselves a solid coach.