|Chicago 6 - Columbus 1|
17-35-6, 5th in Central Division, 30th in National Hockey League
1. THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK TICKS DOWN - Perhaps outweighing any significance of the atrocious on-ice performance of the home team was what was happening over in Philadelphia, where CBJ general manager Scott Howson and senior advisor Craig Patrick apparently spent 45 minutes with Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and vice president Bobby Clark in Holmgren's box.
|"We believe that the Blue Jackets ongoing, impressive|
futility will lead to Armageddon on Nationwide Boulevard."
Is this the fire from a nuclear explosion that will blow up the Columbus Blue Jackets? And considering the lack of any consistent competitiveness - forget wins at this point, just show me a team that competes - can anyone justify NOT blowing the team up?
2. AT LEAST IT WAS A PLEASANT WEEK - I really was impressed by my first Todd Richards practice. Honest to God, I was. I saw a team that was moving, trying hard, building some rapport on the ice (I know, no time like the present). And then there are the games...where it all falls apart against teams that are any good. Even teams constructed in such a lopsided manner as the Blackhawks. The disconnect between practice and game play is so wide right now...it's staggering.
3. ONE SHINING MOMENT - Gotta hand it to Derek Brassard, who dropped in yet another goal as he continues his post-Arniel resurgence:
|Looking right from my seats in section 223|
|Looking left from my seats|
This is not the fault of the people of Central Ohio. They've been supportive with little reason to be so. This is the fault of a franchise that can't ice a competitive team that people can cheer. Professional sport is a form of entertainment, and a team that's ten points out of second-to-last place in the NHL can not be relied upon to provide entertainment for their paying customers.