Friday, October 21, 2005

 

Dinner Jackets Demote Balastik

>:(

This isn't the best news to wake up to...

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned goaltender Pascal Leclaire and right wing Jaroslav Balastik to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, while goaltender Martin Prusek has rejoined the Blue Jackets following a conditioning assignment with the Crunch, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.

Balastik, Columbus' ninth pick, 184th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets this season. He tallied 0-1-1, two penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in five games. He joined the Blue Jackets after leading the Czech Elite League in goal scoring the past two seasons. In 331 career games in the Czech Elite League, he registered 117-98-215 and 242 penalty minutes, including 30-16-46 and 74 penalty minutes in 52 games with Zlin in 2004-05.
Damnation, I'm starting to hate this club! First, Gilbert Brule goes down for 6 weeks and now Balastik is made a scapegoat for the Jackets crappy offense. Great...any player I like that goes to Columbus ends up cursed.

Comments:
Awwww, mi pobrecito. Have a triple frappuccino, you'll feel better.

I'm sure that Jaro and Andy will have lots of fun together in the 'Cuse.
 
I'm sure that Jaro and Andy will have lots of fun together in the 'Cuse.

Hmm, Andy does need a wingman. Oh, dear
 
*rimshot*
 
...any player I like that goes to Columbus ends up cursed.

Take out "that I like" and I think this statement may still be true. The Columbus front office has never seemed to have its head on straight - I see them more than a few times a year here in Nashville, so I've had plenty of opportunity to watch them flounder.
 
I wouldn't say he is being made a scapegoat. Nobody has blamed him for anything except not scoring any goals. He's had the opportunities, but so has everyone else on the team. It's just hard to keep him in Columbus when he isn't scoring goals and guys like Jason Chimera are.

Basically, everyone on this team is part of the problem. There isn't one single person who is the answer. They stink. I don't think it is the coaches fault. Doug MacLean is speaking to the media with a sense of urgency that sounds like he understands he doesn't have much time left if this season continues the way it has. I have NO idea of how they are going turn this season around.
 
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