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"I'm really proud about the effort, the no-quit in our team and the identity we've established. Now the Blue Jackets are known through the League for the identity we've built, which is a hard-working, hard-to-play-against, no quit, blue-collar team. I'm really proud of that.
"But let's not be satisfied here. It makes me really excited about the players we have, the potential we have."
-Jarmo Kekalainen, GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. More on the Blue Jackets from Craig Merz at NHL.com.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Q. Do you feel like you’ve got a team in that dressing room that can compete?
A. Yeah, absolutely. I still believe in this team. It’s the same team that went 19-5-5 last year, with the addition of a couple of good, young players (Ryan Murray, Boone Jenner) that we’ve added. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be able to do the same things as last year. But the biggest difference right now is that last year’s team was playing together, was competing hard every night. We were a hard team to play against, playing defensively a really tight game, smart, doing all the little things right. Right now it’s not there. This league is too good. You can’t have that. You can’t expect to go out and play like we did against Edmonton in the first period and expect good results. I’m not even talking about the goals, or the 7-0, but the way we came out of the gate in the first period. It was just unacceptable.
Q. Is this in any way a coaching issue?
A. No. (chuckles) We still have the same coaches we had last year, and they had the team playing very disciplined, very hard-working. It’s up to the players to look in the mirror and see if they can play the game the same way they did last year. It’s about the individual.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with Jarmo Kekalainen to serve as the club’s general manager, Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced today. Kekalainen, who has been the president and general manager of Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League since 2010, becomes the third general manager in Blue Jackets history.