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Buh Bye Babcock / Pascal Vincent Intro / CBJ Traverse City v. DAL

September 18, 2023, 4:29 AM ET [40 Comments]
Zak MacMillan
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As more information continues to roll out, we will have the formal introductory press conference for Pascal Vincent as the 10th head coach in franchise history. Press conference will be Monday afternoon and streamed on X, YouTube, SoundCloud, and the Blue Jackets’ website.

This is all on happening just days before training camp, which opens up on Wednesday, and the conclusion of the Traverse City rookie tournament.

Let’s begin with who is Pascal Vincent for the faithful; add to the Babcock story; and conclude with the Dallas game.

Pascal Vincent - Columbus Blue Jackets head coach

Vincent was an undrafted center, who spent parts five years in the QMJHL, with part of one of the heads in the ECHL from 1988-1993.

In 2000, he was no longer a player, and became the head coach of the Cape Brenton Screaming Eagles. With his eight years of service, his three most notable NHL players coached were goalies Marc-Andre Fleury (MIN) and Ondrej Pavalec; and former Blue Jackets’ tryout James Sheppard.

In 2003, he was an assistant coach for Team Canada at the WJC winning gold. In his final year with Cape Breton, he won coach of the year.

From 2008-2011, he was the coach for the Montreal Juniors in the QMJHL. More goalie success stories, he had Jake Allen and Jean-Francois Berube as his tandem. Other players coached included forwards Luke Adam and Louis LeBlanc, and defensemen TJ Brennan and Xaiver Oullett.

From 2011-2021, Vincent was the with the Winnipeg Jets organization, including as assistant coach under Paul Maurice; and as head coach for the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

In 2018, he won coach of the year with the Moose.

Two years ago, he joined Brad Larsen’s staff as associate coach.

Looking for a chance to track the head coaching ranks, he was interviewing with teams throughout the summer, and was a final candidate for the Babcock slot.

Despite the quick pivot, this was a now move for himself and the organization to do the right thing.

Congratulations coach Vincent.

The Babcock

The stories are continuing to worsen for the zero game coaching career of Mike Babcock with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Every single source is coming out with information from discomforting details on and offsite involving Babs’ treatment of the players and staff involving what happened in his get to know meetings.

Minutes through cell phones; portraying family images on wall screens for the staff; getting the staff and executive info; micro-analyzing livelihoods.

A select handful came forward privately expressing their discomfort with what occurred. Their voices were heard, and within a week of the news being out, he returns to the unemployment line.

This is the end of his NHL coaching career. One Stanley Cup. Four teams. And one he never got to see a game with.

Thanks for being the story of September. Farewell, Babcock.

CBJ - 3
DAL - 6

The Columbus Blue Jackets lose the final game of the Traverse City tournament with a comeback loss in the third period to the Dallas Stars.

Period I

Dallas opened the scoring with 69 seconds shaved off the start clock. Traffic jam shot at the point by Artem Grushnikov. (0-1)

Kocha Delic evened the game off a one-time feed from Stanislav Svozil. (1-1)

Period II

Logan Stankoven, the top Dallas prospect, regained the lead just 47 seconds into the frame. (1-2)

Cameron Butler evened the game once again for the Blue Jackets with a deflection off Corson Culeumans. (2-2)

Dmitri Vokornov got the go-ahead goal off a breakaway, his first in North America, and the last goal for Columbus in the tourney. (3-2)

Period III

Dallas got the lead back with two goals in 49 seconds. Gavin White evened the game just 2 minutes into the final period. (3-3)

Francesco Arcuri got the rebound and eventual game winner for the Stars. (3-4)

Matthew Seminoff added a shorthanded goal to further the lead. (3-5)

Chase Wheatcroft concluded the scoring with a late power-play goal. (3-6)

CBJ Three Stars of the Game

1. Dmitri Vokornov - goal (1)

2. Cameron Butler - goal (1)

3. Kocha Delic - goal (1)
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