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Just A Bad Team

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The annual break for the NHL All-Star Game is supposed to be a happy, restful time for the league and its fans. Not so in Columbus, where the one-week gap between games seems only to extend the misery of a sad, lost campaign. Losing is not new to the Blue Jackets, but across the timeline of nine coaches, 10 non-playoff seasons and one brief playoff berth, this can be said without reservation:

The Blue Jackets – with 13 wins in 49 games, resting nine points out of 29th place and 32 points out of fourth in the Central Division – have never been worse than they are today.

What’s more unappealing in sports than a club with a bloated payroll and the worst record in the league? What’s more disheartening for fans than a club that opened the season with such high expectations only to fizzle quickly into the worst season in franchise history? What could be more maddening for onlookers than to see a collection of players perform so far below their abilities, their track records?

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redxblack's avatar

Only two of them—third-line center Sammy Pahlsson and emergency defenseman Brett Lebda have their names on the Stanley Cup.

Ouch. I knew it was bad in C-bus, but when Lebda is one of your most accomplished pieces and he’s barely in the NHL now, you’re really in trouble.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/26/12 at 02:33 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Ouch. I knew it was bad in C-bus, but when Lebda is one of your most accomplished pieces and he’s barely in the NHL now, you’re really in trouble.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/26/12 at 11:33 AM ET

Thats exactly what I was going to post.  I suggest that everybody reads this article.  I think its the best thing Portzline has written for the Dispatch (which is like a gold in the special olympics, but still).

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/26/12 at 03:15 PM ET

DocF's avatar

This “organization” has no business having a hockey team, especially when they are contrasted to the Red Wings ownership and management.  They should understand simply by looking up the road, how to do things and they do them the exact opposite.  How pathetic.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 01/26/12 at 03:22 PM ET

Primis's avatar

This really is a very, very good article.  Portzline is hit or with his tak eoften, but he’s bang-on with this one.

Without directly doing so, he’s indicted the CBJ org as being “wastes”.  Wasting seasons, wasting young players, wasting everyone’s time…

Columbus is a joke, more than the Oilers of Isles even right now.  They just haven’t realized it yet.

Posted by Primis on 01/26/12 at 03:44 PM ET

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Columbus is a joke, more than the Oilers of Isles even right now

and yet Porttzline used his weekly rankings last year to make fun of the Islanders. Great journalist, he had this story right under his own nose all along.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 01/26/12 at 05:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, that team needs an overhaul at the management position - from the coaching staff up to the team president.  And I can’t help but think, “Why is Neil Smith out of a job?”

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/26/12 at 05:17 PM ET

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Eh, he’s just jealous that the jackets have never drafted or developed a player of Tavares’ caliber.

Then again, I don’t know that Tavares hasn’t developed into what he is this year despite the best efforts of the Islanders brass to ruin him.

In any event; it’s amazing to me that a 21 year-old pro can go from below-average skater to excellent skater over a 4 month summer. God is this guy good since he did. He’s flying under the radar, but I’ve seen enough of him to say this guy’s the best non-European forward in the league not named Crosby.

Posted by larry from pitt on 01/26/12 at 05:37 PM ET

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Being ranked 28th in goals for and 29th in goals against per game, that’s the worst average ranking of those two categories in the league.  Also being ranked 29th at even strength, 29th on the penalty kill, and 23rd on the power play, I think it’s safe to say this team is bad in any meaning of the word.

Posted by Mike from NHL Ranks on 01/26/12 at 05:43 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

I don’t know any details about Columbus or anything, but are the tax payers on the hook for the arena or anything attached to the team player there?

Posted by TheFreak on 01/26/12 at 05:53 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

via the Casino they’re building here.  I think they get some portion of revenue sharing.

I really think because of the tax/political side of things, people of Cbus wont be as docile about supporting a failing team as Glendale is.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/26/12 at 06:22 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

And I can’t help but think, “Why is Neil Smith out of a job?”

Posted by SYF from Dr. Ima Tearadikov’s “Office” on 01/26/12 at 02:17 PM ET

You would also think that Randy Carlyle would have been packing his bags for Columbus by now.

via the Casino they’re building here.  I think they get some portion of revenue sharing.

I really think because of the tax/political side of things, people of Cbus wont be as docile about supporting a failing team as Glendale is.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/26/12 at 03:22 PM ET

Have you heard about the “Occupy Nationwide” event going on Saturday?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/26/12 at 09:12 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

A good article, but the details of this are so obvious I find it difficult to believe that the Jackets don’t already understand it.  You have to have experienced people who know what it takes to win in order to have a successful organization.  Don’t know if they use the team as a tax right off or what, but the owner/management does everything they can to make sure the team fails.  Making the Jackets a winning team will take a number of years and should start by major changes in management.  Howson needs to be the first to go.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 01/27/12 at 02:15 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

Good article, but it did not go far enough.

We have learned this lesson in Detoit with the Lions.

Yes, the management is terrible….but it all starts with the OWNER who must work hard at finding good management. 
If he does make a mistake (Mat Millen for the Lions), he must recognize it early and get better management.
In Detoit, the old man William Clay Ford never fired Millen until his son William Ford stepped in.

What makes the Wings great is that Mike Ilitch surrounds himself with great management.

Posted by w2j2 on 01/27/12 at 03:29 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Here’s the political backdrop for the Blue Jackets bleeding money and getting a transfusion from the public coffers.

http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/3/2011/1906


It would be really neat if we stopped subsidizing losses if we can’t share the profits.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/27/12 at 10:01 AM ET

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