SCOTT Arniel has been here, done that. And he knows probably better than anyone that today's split-squad tilt between his Columbus Blue Jackets and the Winnipeg Jets won't be a garden-variety exhibition game.
"It'll be great for our young guys coming up. It'll be a great atmosphere," Arniel told the Hustler and Lawless radio show. "I'm sure the place will be rockin' and we'll hear that 'Go Jets Go!' chant early on and hear it all game long.
"Sometimes these exhibition games can be snoozers, but this first one back in Winnipeg will be great. It will be great for both teams."
The split-squad Blue Jackets club that takes to the ice here will feature Brandon product Matt Calvert -- he had 99 goals in three seasons with the Wheat Kings -- along with former Manitoba Moose goaltender Curtis Sanford and Aaron Bogosian, the younger brother of Jets' defenceman Zach Bogosian.
"Our coaching staff is split Canadian/American so we decided all the Canadians were going to head north -- Brad Berry and Brad Larsen are going to head north with me and Todd Richards and Danny Hinote and Rob Riley are going to stay back in Columbus and do the game down here.
"This is a tough one for us," Arniel added. "As much as I'd like to come up there with all my big horses and make it a tough night for those Winnipeg Jets, we play here and also play Washington at home on Wednesday. We had the opportunity to allow these young guys we're making decisions on to play this game. We're a little bit younger, but we've got some skill."
NOW HEAR THIS: Troy Bodie can throw 'em, but he wants to make one thing clear -- there's more layers to his game than just playing the enforcer role. The Portage la Prairie product is with the Jets on a tryout after playing 50 games last year with the Carolina Hurricanes -- one goal, two assists, 54 penalty minutes.
Bodie has played in 107 career NHL games with the Canes and Anaheim Ducks after originally being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers.
"I don't want to limit myself to enforcer, I think some guys get stuck in that role and it's tough," said Bodie. "But I'm definitely not afraid to drop the mitts and get in there. I think there's more to my game than just that. I can make plays and get in the zone and show flashes of offence as well as defence. I played some penalty kill when I was in Anaheim. I'm not a jack of all trades, but I think I've got more than just being an enforcer."
SOUND ADVICE: Andrew Ladd might not get the opportunity, but if he could, he'd offer up this sage counsel to Jets' first-round draft pick Mark Scheifele as his first game approaches:
"There's a few things you can say," said Ladd. "A lot of times it's about taking a step back. You have more time than you think you have, especially for young guys. It's something I went through as a young guy... you get the puck, you get the rid of it, but you don't realize you have a little time to get your head up and make a play or hold onto it a bit more."
ROSTER WATCH: Defenceman Randy Jones was 'banged up' at Monday's practice, according to head coach Claude Noel, and will be replaced on the roster that left for Columbus by Julian Melchiori, the Kitchener Rangers star who played so well in the rookie camp in Penticton... Forward Ivan Telegin and Alex Burmistrov were not at practice on Monday as they had to deal with some immigration issues. Both will be in the lineup Tuesday night at MTS Centre... Kyle Wellwood is still listed as day to day, but should get clearance from doctors to resume playing on Tuesday. He has been practising, but not participating on contact drills.
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-- With files from Gary Lawless