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By Matt McCoy
High expectations and the Columbus Blue Jackets have not been associated with one another very often but things are changing as the Jackets coaches and front office prepare to welcome the players to training camp Wednesday.
"I spent all summer here," Coach Todd Richards said at Blue Jackets media day on Tuesday. "I could not believe the difference in the outlook in the general public towards this organization and towards this team."
A 19-5-5 finish to the lockout shortened 2013 season nearly brought playoff hockey to Columbus for only the second time in franchise history. That run, along with the resigning of Vezina winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and the acquisition of free agent forward Nathan Horton from Boston have helped create what President of Hockey Operations John Davidson calls "a buzz in the air" in Columbus.
"People have higher expectations of us going into the season and that's a good thing," Davidson said. "We feel, going into the season right now that we have every right to win as much as anybody else does. I'm not sure that feeling was there going into last season."
In addition to Horton, who will be sidelined at the start of the season after shoulder sugery, late season acquisition Marian Gaborik is back and healthy and is expected to improve the offense.
The Jackets go through physicals when they report Wednesday, then hit the ice for their first practice Thursday and begin the exhibition season against Pittsburgh Sunday night. The season opener is October 4 versus Calgary.
To listen to John Davidson and General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen talk with the media click HERE:
To listen to Todd Richards comments click HERE:
Meyer "fairly optimisic" about Miller
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer talked with the media on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday and said he is "fairly optimistic" that quarterback Braxton Miller will be able to play Saturday at California.
"Everything I've been told is the improvement made between day three and day four (of the injury) is very important and it's usually substantial," Meyer said of Miller's MCL sprain in his left knee. "I'm fairly optimistic."
Meyer said he watched Miller throw on Tuesday morning but a better test would come in the afternoon when his quarterback takes limited reps in practice.
"His arm is fine. It's can he plant, can he move and all that," Meyer said.
To listen to all of Meyer's comments on the Big Ten teleconference click HERE: