Daily Cupcakes- October 12th, 2011

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Daniel Winnik #34 of the Colorado Avalanche takes the puck as Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins defends on October 10, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Here is a preview of the Columbus Blue Jackets vs the Colorado Avalanche game. Don't forget you'll have to listen to Moser's excellent call of the game tonight if you want to know what's going on. This game will not be broadcast, Versus has the rights to the game, but will be showing a different game instead.  If we are lucky Video Lock Error  (VLE) will make a comeback for the Avs tonight.

The Avalanche have gone 7-1-0 against the Blue Jackets over the past two seasons. Stastny and Hejduk each had nine points and Matt Duchene seven in those games.

Neither team has scored on the power play this season, with Colorado going 0 for 6 and Columbus 0 for 16.

The Blue Jackets came up empty in five chances Monday.


There is someone in the NHL that wouldn't mind seeing visors be mandatory: Manny Malhotra.

"I think everybody was worried about him last year," veteran Blue Jacket R.J. Umberger said after the morning skate. "It was scary, especially with a guy you're friends with.

"I think some of us know we should be wearing [visors], but guys are stubborn. It's almost one of those things that if it became mandatory, I think guys wouldn't have a problem."

Malhotra, who did not wear a visor until he was struck by a puck in a March 16 game against the Colorado Avalanche, has talked to teammates about eye protection. He understands Umberger's stubbornness.

And good news for an ex-Avs Warren Rychel, he will be inducted into the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.

Warren Rychel has shown his brain for the game is every bit as good as his brawn was on the ice.

Undrafted into the National Hockey League, he earned a free-agent contract with the Chicago Blackhawks that led to a 12-year professional career that included parts of nines seasons in the NHL and culminated with a Stanley Cup title in 1996.

Beachie here: Just got a link from Dater to an article in BlueJacketsXtra about Jan Hejda. He's returning to Nationwide Arena for the first time since signing with the Avalanche. He spent 4 years in Columbus and felt a bit disrespected by the club.

"I was disappointed," Hejda said. "To be honest, it still pisses me off.

"When the offer came out, to be honest, I felt like I wasn’t respected here. I did some work here for four years, and (the contract offer) was not close to what I was looking for."


Hejda had at least two other free-agent offers when the Avs made a four-year, $13million phone call to his agent. He signed immediately.


"I’m glad I waited an additional 20 minutes," Hejda said, jokingly. "I’ve always had a good feeling there when I played. It’s beautiful around the city. The mountains. Also a lot of sun pokes through, like 300 days per year.


"From Day 1, I feel much more respected here. That’s a big difference. I didn’t have that feeling here, especially at the end.



"Maybe they were right. Just time is going to show who made the mistake, right?"

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