Let it snow! Go Bruins! (And next time, play the hated Montreal Canadiens - not the Flyers!)
...and now we return to your regularly-scheduled Blue Jackets analysis and commentary...
"I didn't mind a diminished role [in Washington] because we were winning so much and we're such a great team and had a chance to do something in the playoffs," Clark said. "I would have taken any role on this team to do that. But now I'm going to start all over again. Hopefully Columbus will be in that position in a few years."No, that reaction is coming from Jason Chimera, via the Washington Post.
"It's going to be tough, but I've been in this situation before," Clark added. "Hopefully I can help out in any way I can."
14-17-7 for 35 pts in 38 gms. Must now go 28-15-1 for 57 pts in 44 gms to reach 92 points and hopefully put #CBJ in the post season1c. Here are the highlights:
Question: Given the expectations surrounding this club heading into this season, how surprised are you to be closer to last place than a playoff spot in the Western Conference?My answers to Aaron Portzline's mid-season questions of Scott Howson are below the fold...
Q: What player, what aspect of the club, has been most surprising?
Q: Why is coach Ken Hitchcock the right coach for this club right now?
Q: You have one of the youngest clubs in the NHL. Does he work well with a group like that?
Q: Do you feel like you over-estimated Derick Brassard, expecting him to be a No. 1 center this season?
Q: How close did you come to making a deal over the last few days, before the NHL's holiday roster freeze went into effect on Saturday?
Q: Do you consider talking during the next week, even though you can't make a move until after Dec. 26?
Q: Any thought given to a minor league call-up?
Q: You made one change to your blue line last offseason, adding defenseman Anton Stralman. If you had it to do over again, would you have done more to upgrade the defense?
Q: Could this club use another strong veteran presence in the dressing room?
Q: You talk about "going through the process" and "working through it", but isn't that what last season was about? Didn't you feel like you'd already gone through all of this?
Q: Do you need an enforcer?
Q: [Why or] Why not?
Q: Sitting here, five days before Christmas, do you still feel as if that's a playoff-caliber club?
Modern technology allows millions upon millions of imbeciles to gather in the dark. This is as true in the world of sports as it is in the worlds of celebrity, politics, entertainment and religion. A mere bump in the road results in a tremulous response that ripples through myriad electronic media, from instant messages to satellite television. Together, the critics can't be wrong.This is offensive. And I say that as a Dispatch subscriber. For now.
I do not think it is the end of the world.
I like that the program -- ownership, management, coaches, players -- are suffering together and plowing forward together, with few, if any, signs of schism.
I like that they are absorbing the critical genius of a thousand imbeciles in the dark.
All of us can't be wrong.
"its hard to tear myself away from the fabulousness of thornton, marleau, heatley, getzlaf, nabokov, niedermayer.. but im so tired :(I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with the blank canvas of 10 (-plus) Thoughts. The guest post from My Friendly Pens Fan for the Anaheim game was a great read, and I'm excited to see what Kirsi does.
The news came as a relief to Stephen Buser, the Ohio State emeritus professor of finance who had been commissioned by the Columbus Chamber to research and report a number of possible solutions to help stem the Blue Jackets’ bleeding. That financial framework was released a month ago.Rosenberger again raises the comparison of himself to Henry Kissinger, which I don't care for (sorry, this matter doesn't transcend it issues of racial/religious identity and global geopolitics). He does, however, have experience in transferring private properties to public use. He managed the transition of the Columbus convention center from Battelle to the Convention Facilities Authority - a group that has "operate arenas" in its charter.
As part of his research, Buser said the chamber “set up a rotation of people for me to speak to.” Among them, he said, was Rosenberger.
“When I saw his name on the agenda I did think, ‘What am I talking to him for?’ Within five minutes, he was able to solve that problem for me,” said Buser. “He was able to spell out, clearly and concisely, how the Convention Facilities Authority would be a natural owner of the arena because of A, B, C and D, and how, if that happened, it could whittle down that current (arena) operating loss of $4 or $5 million (that the Blue Jackets now assume).”
“Of course, neither one of us realized that, four months later, he’d be named the point person of those negotiations.”
To ensure the correct revenue split, a percentage of player salaries could be placed in escrow. When total NHL revenues are determined at the end of the season, the escrow account is divided among players and owners to ensure that the target has been met.As the NHL is so dependent on ticket revenues (without the gargantuan television contracts of the NFL and NBA, for instance), low ticket sales equals low revenue sharing ... equals escrow money being withheld. THN tells us that a full 18 percent of salary monies are being put into escrow. Yow! That $3 million contract might not be worth $3 million, if you know what I mean. More like $2.46 million.
Leaving aside whether an NHL franchise really falls into the category of "too big to fail," the prospect of a Blue Jackets bailout raises some other familiar concerns. For one thing, is there a risk of moral hazard if sports teams can go into arena projects with unworkable finances, figuring, "Hey, if we're losing money once the place is built, we can always get the government to renegotiate our lease later"?
A bigger question now, though, might be: What, if anything, will Columbus get in exchange for any money it pours into the Blue Jackets' coffers? If the team doesn't have money to spare, the next most likely thing is equity — if the U.S. can become part-owner of AIG and General Motors, there's no reason Columbus can't demand a share of the Blue Jackets in exchange for any bailout money. And unlike the federal government, they already have plenty of experience in such things...And whaddya know, the Franklin County Government OWNS the Columbus Clippers! I had no idea. This little gem missed me as I haven't been a Columbus-ite all of my life. It also changes the negotiating dynamic considerably in my mind. With Huntington Park (and the Clippers) so inextricably linked to the Arena District and, by extension, Nationwide Arena's success, Franklin County Government is pretty well trapped on this one. To protect their Clippers investment, the Commissioners will likely have to play ball with the Jackets. Otherwise, two teams (and stadiums) could be hurting. What an interesting, slippery slope the Commissioners put themselves on by moving the team downtown...
10) He started it.
9) Told Fliatov “Just tell them you will be back next year like I did. They will believe anything!”
8) Foote is responsible for Jon and Kate’s divorce.
7) Recent medical studies indicate that booing actually builds immunity to the H1N1 virus.
6) Foote sold ABC on the idea of putting Kelsey Grammar in another sitcom.
5) The way things are going for the Jackets this might be the highlight of the season.
4) Foote taught Marc Denis how to play goal.
3) Booing is just as effective as Viagra and it’s free!
2) Remember this…”Bad captain, bad player, bad teammate”.
And the no 1 reason to boo Adam Foote tonight:
1) Doug MacLean isn’t likely to come to Columbus anytime soon so...
"Now in goal for the Jackets..." Mathieu Garon, left, replaces Steve Mason in 6-3 loss, [page] C1