“Them” being the Dispatch writers who cover the Blue Jackets and blog about the team. Yesterday, they blogged about a “moral victory” over Nashville, even though the Predators won the game, 1-0. I was going to give the author, Aaron Portzline, the benefit of doubt on this one, figuring that he was more or less quoting coach Claude Noel. But there wasn’t such a quote from Noel in the blog, so the moral victory must be a proclamation of Portzline. And with that, you have to figure that the season is getting to them.
People, it has to be tough covering the Blue Jackets full-time. The team peaked last April and has been circling the drain ever since. Not only are things going badly on the ice, but off the ice, too. The team stands to lose millions of dollars no matter what it does on the ice, all because of a bad lease. The best guy to follow on the team was fired months ago and without Ken Hitchcock around, the team has no identity at all. The superstar of the team, Rick Nash, showed during the Olympics that he truly is one of the best in the world, but back here at home he is simply above average. The goaltender of the future might be just another goalie who saw his career go to pieces after a promising start with the Blue Jackets. Give the Dispatch writers a break; it’s getting to them.
Most of the players on the team are signed for next year, with a few exceptions. So what you see now is what you are stuck with. Other than Nash, Kris Russell, Mason, and Jakub Voracek, who is in demand on the CBJ roster? Yeah, tell me about Antoine Vermette, but name a #1 center or puck-moving defenseman that he would fetch. This is your team, fans. You’re stuck with it for next season, just like the we’re stuck with a horrible arena lease. So when Aaron Portzline writes something that is really out there, think of what he has to do every day and be nice to him. I love the game of hockey, but I don’t have to put on a happy face every time I watch a game.
Let’s get through the remaining games, draft a good player, maybe make a trade or two, hire a good coach, and move on.