So, now the season’s over. Not the way we wanted it to end, but now it’s gone. So, every writer, every pundit, every joker that thinks he knows hockey is gonna write something about the season, or the playoffs, or the future of the Blue Jackets. Well, I’m going to write something about that too. My 2 cents worth.
Yeah, I’m proud of the way this team came together during the year. Does anyone remember the Columbus Blue Jackets being 6-10 and not winning more that 1 game in a row? Does anyone remember the home & home series sweep from the hated Penguins in November? I do. I wrote then that I thought Todd Richards wasn’t the right man for the head coaching position. Does anyone remember talking about that? Or how about the 7-0 shellacking the Jackets took from the lowly Edmonton Oilers on November 19th? Anyone recall that? I do.
But I also remember the Jackets coming back the next night after the Edmonton game and beating the Calgary Flames in overtime on enemy ice. I remember the Jackets winning 5 of the final 8 games to squeak into the playoffs, and every talking head on TV saying they had no chance against the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins. Anyone else remember that? Does anyone remember the “experts” saying the Penguins were in trouble after the Jackets won on Calvert’s OT stunner? I do. And I friggin laughed. The so-called experts couldn’t back up fast enough then.
I also remember I wrote about Ryan Johansen back in December, and how he compared to the superstars of the past. I don’t think I was off too much. And what about Jenner, a friggin’ rookie, who became a force in front of the net during the year. And it was a pleasure to watch R.J. Umberger and Brandon Dubinsky become leaders of men, not boys. This team has a future, and a bright one. A little tweaking here and there is needed, to be sure, but the nucleus for a Cup winner is there.
So there you have it, my $.02 worth. Oh, and by-the-way, I now believe in Todd Richards. If he’s good enough for JD and Jarmo, he’s good enough for me.
See ya next year.