A pair of offseason catches were joined by Scott Howson as they introduced themselves to their new team for the first time on Wednesday. Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski were the main attraction for a Columbus press conference where each donned their new sweaters for the first time. Wisniewski will be wearing No. 21 for the Blue Jackets while Carter will rock No. 7. Judging from the photo above, the new slogan in Columbus should be “you must be this blonde to play”.
Puck-Rakers has conveniently transcribed the presser but, as noted by Michael Arace, it’s mostly a whole lot of cliche. In fact, if Wisniewski knows 100 words then “obviously” counts as two of them. Wisniewski is obviously ready to take on a significant role for the Jackets and he wants to win in Columbus. At six-years and $33 million, he was easy pickings for Howson. Carter, on the other hand, he took a little more convincing… a caravan that included Rick Nash, in fact, had to go rescue Carter when he went silent after finding out he’d been traded from Philadelphia.
Carter spoke again about the shock of being traded when asked:
“It was definitely shocking. I signed a long-term deal in (November) with the potential I’d play there for the rest of my career. That’s what I envisioned. When it all went down, I was in shock. There were a lot of emotions going. I took some time to kind of sit back and think of everything before I came out and talked. I didn’t want to come right out and say something that I might regret down the road. But, you know, with Scott (Howson) and Scott Arniel and Rick coming in and talking to me, you know, when they left my house that day I was really, really excited. We talked about the future of the team, the direction, and the city, and all that. And from the moment they left I was real excited. I talked to a few of the guys, and got a chance to see a little of the city the last day or so, I am looking forward to my time here.”
Blackhawks cut ties with Campoli
Chris Campoli became an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday by agreeing to part ways with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on August 3rd. As James Mirtle reports, by agreeing to split ways “they were able to speed the process up, speak with an arbitrator today and allow Campoli to be set free two weeks ahead of time.”
Justin Abdelkader had the ride of his life in an F/A-18 Hornet with the US Navy. [M-Live]
St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts says the sale of the team should be finalized by the start of the 2011-12 season. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
Will Evander Kane wear Bobby Hull’s No. 9 with the Winnipeg Jets? [Puck Daddy]
Sabres re-up Andrej Sekera and Matt Ellis. [WGR 550]
Bruins sign a pair of second round picks in Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight. [Boston Globe]
On Capitals GM George McPhee squashing Alex Semin trade rumours. [ProHockeyTalk]
NHL 12 Be A Pro mode trailer!
Two things really bothered me with the Be A Pro mode in NHL 11: 1) you only got to play the Memorial Cup as a CHL prospect – and – 2) you couldn’t simulate to your next shift. I will wait in anticipation knowing that both of those personal gripes have been addressed: