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T-Minus: 46 days before puck drop.

Monday, August 21, 2006
The days seem to get slower and slower as the march towards October 6th continues on. With my Finals Week upon me in my classes, I fortunately have more than enough on my plate to keep me occupied for now. But once my new block of classes begins next week, I'll be back to going a little stir crazy from the way things are.

Once again, the big news of the day with the Blue Jackets is Zherdev. MacLean recently came out with a few gems in a report by the Canadian Press on TSN, where he talks about his surprise and disillusionment at Zherdev saying he's more than ready to play outside of the NHL for a season.

"I guess I'm a little taken aback that it cost us in excess of $600,000 to get him out of Russia," said MacLean. "Now he's saying he wants to go back? That catches me a little off-guard. ...

"What we went through to get him out of there and now there's a threat to stay there? Good grief. It's unbelievable."
As time goes on, I come to understand MacLean's side more and more. While certainly I am far from happy with this "stand your ground" attitude of his, largely in part because the Jackets have nothing to fill the gap on the 2nd line if this comes to pass.

Beyond the bickerings of MacLean and Zherdev, I did scope out a doozy of an update on an earlier article on the CBJ website:

Hats for Heroes on August 27th - Eric Lindros added to the roster

Wow, how about that? Now given, back when I was New Jersey, my fondest memories of Lindros are of seeing him get flattened to the ice by Scott Stevens in the 1999-2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs as I watched on TV.

If anyone is in the Columbus area on the 27th, I strongly recommend going out and supporting the Hats for Heroes cause, which helps out local programs that deal with pediatric cancer. Besides Lindros, there'll be plenty of notable Jackets players such as Rick Nash, Jody Shelley and Pascal Leclaire. Gerard Gallant will also be suiting up, and even alumni Kevin Dineen and Tyler Right. There's also other former Jackets such as Luke Richardson (now with Tampa), Geoff Sanderson (Phoenix), and Andrew Cassels (Washington).

So come on down! Help out a cause, grab a bite to eat, and watch some exhibition skating and light hockey. It might not be competitive, but it certainly helps during this August lull before the September pre-season.
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