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  • Losing Moore involved some bad luck for CC

    Wed, July 22, 2009 by admin with 1 comment

    When Columbus drafted John Moore, the Blue Jackets seemed like a neutral destination for the coveted defenseman, as far as CC was concerned. The Blue Jackets weren’t a team that pushed its draftees into major junior hockey. A few of Columbus’ recent picks landed in college.

    And although Moore said Columbus never pressured him either way when he was deciding between major juniors and college, their contract offer to Moore sealed his choice. Moore signed Tuesday, forfeiting his college eligibility, and will play for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League in the fall.

    Columbus apparently wants Moore in the NHL quickly, which is a reason they signed him to a contract right away. Had another team with a deeper defensive corps drafted Moore, perhaps he would have gone to college. On Tuesday, Moore expressed regret that the rules prevented him from playing college hockey after he signed a pro contract.

    Once Columbus offered a contract, CC had little chance. Moore will get a $900,000 base salary once he gets to the NHL, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Aside from money, Kitchener offered the chance to play in about twice as many games in a NHL-style league, and he can go to college part time.

    Still, without Columbus’ desire to get Moore to the NHL quickly and willingness to sign him to a contract, perhaps Moore’s decision would have been different.

  • John Moore signs, won’t come to CC

    Tue, July 21, 2009 by admin with 2 comments

    Defenseman John Moore, the 21st pick of last month’s NHL draft and one of the biggest recruits in CC history, won’t be coming to the school. He said he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets and will go play for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

    He said he appreciated the opportunity CC gave him but thought playing junior hockey would give him a better chance to make the NHL sooner.

    Moore said he hadn’t made his decision until Tuesday morning, when Columbus officially made the contract offer.

    “I wish the rules were different,” Moore said about not being able to enroll in college after signing a pro contract. “Unfortunately, I won’t be coming to CC in the fall.”

  • Moore will get Mark Stuart’s input

    Mon, July 13, 2009 by admin with 2 comments

    Defenseman John Moore, a CC recruit and the 21st overall pick in last month’s NHL draft, has not made up his mind about what he’ll do this fall. He could enroll at CC or play junior hockey.

    Moore said he planned to call Mark Stuart, a defenseman with the Boston Bruins and a former CC standout, to get his input. Stuart was also the 21st overall pick of the NHL draft, in 2003. He is the only first-round pick in school history (Moore would be the second).

    Stuart has spoken to the Gazette about Moore a couple times in the past few weeks and presumably will tell Moore the benefits of playing in college. Stuart spent three years at CC before going to the NHL, and has established himself as a solid defenseman for the Bruins.

    Moore, who also said he spoke with CC coach Scott Owens today, added he isn’t leaning one way or the other yet.

    “I’m still 50/50,” he said in a text message. “Just gathering the facts and trying to make an educated decision about my future.”

  • Moore: No decision yet

    Thu, July 9, 2009 by admin with 6 comments

    Just wanted to update those that follow the blog – I just got a text message from John Moore that said he hasn’t yet made his decision between playing in college or going to junior hockey this fall. He appears to still be on the fence about his choice, which he has said is a difficult one.
    Moore was the 21st pick of the NHL draft last month, to the Columbus Blue Jackets.