Thursday, September 28, 2006

Zherdev in the Fold

Free agent Nikolai Zherdev finally signed and ended months of negotiations that looked to land him back home in Russia. Zherdev signed a 3-year deal estimated to be worth more than $7 million. It si encouraging to see the Jackets nail down a potential star. Now if he can raise his game as high as his salary, then we'll have something.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Preseason: Columbus 4 Carolina 2

The Jackets earn a solid win at home against the champs with a four goal frenzy in the third period. Rick Nash scores two in the final period to go along with goals by Fritsche and Platt. Each team had 29 shots on goal. Carolina was 2-7 oon teh power play while Columbus was a wretched 0-7.

Nikolai Zherdev: the club has offered him $6.9 million for three years, and there were no talks last week. Hard to imagine passing up that much money. We'll miss his scoring even if it did come in streaks. It is looking grim for signing him as the season opener is only two weeks away.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Preseason: Nashville 8 Columbus 1

Ugly road game loss. The lone Jackets goal in the midst of an avalanche of Nashville offense belonged to Alexandre Picard, who scored on the power play in the second period assisted by Anders Eriksson and Fredrik Modin. That was the highlight. Really. After starting the season with two wins, we should look past this one and move on.Ugh.