Columbus Blue Jackets' source of frustration

tyutin.jpgEvery now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, I decided to throw my guess in the hat, too.

First, here is my guess for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Steve Mason – After winning the Calder Trophy and even threatening for the Vezina last season, Mason was absolutely rancid this season. Since I can’t say Nikolai Zherdev or Nikita Filatov, Mason it is.

For the Columbus perspective, I asked the guys at SBN blog The Cannon. Make sure to give them a look as the team tries to find its identity.

Frustration-a feeling that all fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets are familiar with. Since the team’s inaugural season in 2000/2001, there have been a handful of Jacket players who have absolutely drove the fans (not to mention the coaches and management) nuts. We’re talking about current players here, so we’ll forget about the maddening couple of seasons watching Nikolai Zherdev tantalize us with his skill, only to do one-too-many moves and turn the puck over, or show a complete lack of interest on the ice.

At this point we’ll look at another Russian as the biggest source of frustration. Fedor Tyutin is the Jackets’ most complete blueliner; he has offensive talent and can dish out the occasional big hit. He is currently second in points by a defenseman behind power play quarterback Anton Stralman. He was an Olympian this past February as well.

The issue however, arises when Tyutin is in possession of the puck. His passes are not always crisp, and he is guilty of turning the puck over precisely when he shouldn’t. He doesn’t give the puck away as often as some of his teammates; in fact he’s seventh in that respect, and third among defensemen. The issue with Tyutin’s turnovers isn’t the quantity however, it’s the quality. He’s the guy making cross-crease passes in the defensive zone. His breakout passes on the power play have sometimes been five or more feet behind the intended recipient, which of course leads to partial or full breakaways against.

The timing of Tyutin’s turnovers is what leads to the high level of frustration; I have to admit though the frustration pales in comparison to previous headaches like the aforementioned Nik Zherdev. I’ll take the occasional Tyutin brain fart over the Princess from Kiev any day.

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    Julien explains comments about Lundqvist’s ‘acting’

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    We’re now over two days removed from last Friday’s tilt between the Bruins and the Rangers, but the coaches from both teams seem unwilling to move on.

    Moments after that game, Claude Julien claimed that Henrik Lundqvist did some “acting” on the ice to sell a goalie interference call on Brad Marchand.

    On Saturday, Alain Vigneault fired back by saying that Julien needed to get his eyesight checked. Vigneault also compared Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton in the 2011 Stanley Cup final to Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan in Friday’s game.

    Now it was Julien’s turn to address the “issue” at hand.

    Julien clarified his original comment about Lundqvist and he also tackled some of Vigneault’s comments.

    “I think it’s pretty obvious what I said . . . I thought Lundqvist sold it,” said Julien. “Not for a second did I ever question Henrik Lundqvist as a person, or a goaltender or any of that. We all know how good he is as a goaltender, and I know he’s a good person. I’ve met him at the All-Star games and all that stuff.

    Julien on his eyesight: “As far as my eyes, I’m not the one that compared Beleskey’s hit to Aaron Rome’s [hit]. We’ll just leave it at that.”

    It’s time for both sides to move on.

    Good news: Colaiacovo traveling with Sabres

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    It was a scary sight.

    Carlo Colaiacovo fell to his hands and knees after taking a cross-check to the throat from Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (above).

    Arvidsson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Colaiacovo suffered a dented trachea on the play.

    After the game, both Dan Bylsma and Peter Laviolette agreed that there was no malicious intent on Arvidsson’s part.

    “I don’t think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check,” Bylsma said. “They kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it’s a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo’s neck.”

    “It was tough for Arvidsson,” said Laviolette. “I don’t think he had any bad intentions. He just ran into somebody and the stick got caught a little bit high, but just a tough turn of events.”

    The Sabres defenseman left the game and was treated at a nearby hospital, but there is some good news to report.

    According to the Buffalo News, Colaiacovo was released from hospital and he was able to travel to Detroit with his teammates.

    It’s unclear how long he’ll be out.

    Start the Carr: Habs recall another player from the minors

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    There’s been a lot of movement between Montreal and Saint John’s lately and that continued on Sunday.

    This time, it’s forward Daniel Carr who’ll be getting a stint with the big club.

    Carr has no prior NHL experience.

    The 24-year-old spent four years at Union College before joining the Canadiens organization as an undrafted free agent.

    In his first season as a pro, Carr scored 24 goals (led the team) and 39 points in 76 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15.

    This year, Carr has seven goals and 15 points in 20 games.

    Montreal is without forwards Torrey Mitchell, Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Semin.

    Campbell’s perfect snipe sinks Wings in OT


    Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

    With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.

    It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.

    Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.

    The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.

    Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.

    They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

    This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.