Who’s to Blame For Columbus Blue Jackets Mess Part 2

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When I wrote Part 1 of my 2-part article outlining the ills that plague the Columbus Blue Jackets, they possessed the worst record in the National Hockey League (NHL) with a record of 0-6-1.  Since Part 1 was written, the Blue Jackets have descended to even lower depths, with a record of 2-12-1.  While the Blue Jackets did win two games since that point, more recently they have been pummeled by their opponents by a cumulative score of 19-6 over their last three games.

The Blue Jackets are a team in disrepair.  They are a team with no identity, no direction and no grit, a fragile team who shows no signs of turning around the malaise, this for a team with the 5th highest payroll in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Columbus Blue Jackets Season in Review

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Mr. McConnell, who unlike his father, the late John H. McConnell, has, to date, preferred to avoid the spotlight and quietly allow those entrusted to run the organization to perform their duties. That is, until now.

Another season of great disappointment from the Blue Jackets, the result of an ill-timed freefall at the worst possible time of the season – a 3-12-7 record in their last 22 games, at a time when they previously were in contention for the Western Conference playoff race, along with mounting financial losses and an almost certain, material drop in season ticket sales (Full Season Equivalents – FSEs), has prompted the quiet owner to proclaim that every aspect of the organization will be evaluated.

By Ed Cmar

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Columbus Blue Jackets 3rd Qtr Report Card

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During the past two seasons, I assessed how the Columbus Blue Jackets performed as a team at the first quarter of the season. Sadly, as the Blue Jackets’ performance plummeted during the remaining three quarters of last season, and as the Blue Jackets nearly repeated that ignominious feat during the second quarter of this season, I honestly didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to assess their performance for the third quarter of this season.

But, boy was I wrong!

By Ed Cmar

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NHL Trade Rumors Swirling, Especially in Columbus

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Trade discussions around the NHL are heating up as teams move closer declaring themselves as “buyers” or “sellers”

And with the deadline looming, speculation arises with all the hockey pundits, including TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reported that the Blue Jackets could be on the verge of a major deal in yesterday’s version of ‘The Dreger Report‘.

Sources around the league consider the Columbus Blue Jackets to be among those most eager and perhaps, closest to making a significant deal.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson doesn’t speak publicly about trade negotiations and won’t comment on speculation a few of his key players may be in play. However, Columbus goaltender Steve Mason (the 2009 NHL rookie of the year), young forward Jakub Voracek (selected seventh overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft) and 28-year-old defenseman Rusty Klesla – the Blue Jackets’ first ever draft pick (fourth overall in 2000) are believed to be drawing trade interest.

By Ed Cmar

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