Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/26/12 at 01:30 PM ET
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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