A godawful season.
The firing of the coach about 25-30 games after it should have happened.
The speculation on the potential trade of the captain.
The bleach-blonde, curled-up-in-the-fetal-position Jeff Carter fiasco that we probably saw coming, yet tried so hard to stay confident anyway.
The actual trade of the captain.
Watching the aforementioned bleach-blonde piece of $#!+ win the Stanley Cup with the L.A. Kings.
Watching the Columbus Blue Jackets lose the Draft Lottery and endure the gloating of Edmonton Oilers fans, whose team had sucked properly for the previous two years, and sucked enough this past year to get into a position to suck luckily as well.
Columbus just hasn't been able to win in the past year-plus. At anything that resembles... well, anything.
However, perhaps for the first time in its otherwise traumatic 11-season existence...
... there is hope.
The Dispatch's Aaron Portzline has alerted the CBJ Twitterati that an announcement on the hiring of former St. Louis Blues president John Davidson would come as early as today.
And it did.
That sound you hear...? Why yes... that is, indeed, a choir of angels.
Every so often in the past few Blue Jackets seasons, we've heard that pesky, elusive concept of "accountability" bandied about in CBJ circles. Reversing the culture of losing by players' being accountable -- to fans, to themselves and to one another.
Something that had been horribly lacking on the ice. Well, the Blue Jackets got rid of that problem when they finally rid themselves of the silent, slouching captaincy of Rick Nash.
Now, accountability is about to come to the front office. If what we're hearing is true, GM Scott Howson is about to be held accountable... by someone who actually has knowledge of the game of hockey.
Decent trade for the Blues' taking Hitchcock (with Howson's permission, I might add)?
Maybe we'll just call that a wash for right now. The most important thing that we know about Davidson is that he engineered one hell of a return to prominence for the St. Louis Blues... and they were quite the mess in the middle of the last decade. Quite comparable to the present mess the Jackets are in right now.
John Davidson is the guy that could save this team. Finally... save this team.
Enough discussing... LET'S GET OUT THERE AND WATCH OUR GUYS GO OUT ON THE ICE AND PLAY SOME HOC-- what...?
Columbus just can't win this year.
However, for once... it's only because they aren't allowed to play.
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