Monday, February 8, 2010

A few thoughts for the crowd

Just a few things to chew on as we savor the chili from a 4-0 Columbus Blue Jackets over the Buffalo Sabres:
  • The Sabres have been on a pretty terrific slide of late.  Were they that bad on Saturday night, or was the CBJ that good?
  • (Does it matter?)
  • Did the Sabres prepare for a Hitchcock system and get broadsided by the waterbug that is Kris Russell?
  • Will the Jackets come back to earth after the rest of the league accumulates some tape of the Claude Noel-coached CBJ in the same way that Steve Mason came to earth after the Red Wings dissected him in last year's playoffs - essentially writing the book on how to beat Mase for the rest of the league?
  • Is Milan Jurcina being dangled as trade bait?  He's sure getting the minutes.  We all seem to know that Raffi Torres is on display...could GM Scott Howson be asking Noel to do the same with Milan?  (I sure hope not.)
  • What's the over-under on the number of games that it will take for the CBJ offense to really get in gear?
  • Is anyone else having fun watching the trade rumors swirling around the Jackets?  Boston goalie Tim Thomas for Raffi Torres and Kristian Huselius?  Or the Rick Nash-RJ Umberger-Nikita Filatov trade to the Penguins for Jordan Staal, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik and the Pens' first-rounder?  Folks, you can't make this stuff up...
  • Does anyone else think that Wednesday's game against the Sharks has the potential to set the tone for this "reset" season in the same way that the early October drubbing (of us) started the season on the track that it's taken?  
  • Any thoughts on what the rumored 10th Anniversary alternate jerseys will look like?
Enjoy the snow, everyone, and stay warm!


  1. I think the throwbacks will look exactly like the uniforms of Union soldiers. Imagine it: buttons down the front, belt across the waist, stripes on the arms. Truly throwbacks!

  2. @Tim D -

    Oh dear lord. Here I was hoping for something cool. Instead, you're suggesting the American equivalent of the Don Cherry Night jerseys in the OHL.

  3. It may be a ripoff of the old Buffalo Sabres motif, but some crossed swords or bayonettes could be a featured logo. Personally, I would just like to see the city name prominently displayed. My guess however is that since the CBJ are doing what they can to reach out to the whole state, splashing the word COLUMBUS across the sweater isn't gonna happen.

  4. That Penguins trade is kind of intriguing, I would probably consider it if they made it two number 1 picks. Watching Crosby and Nash on the same line would be ridiculous even it were for another team. Kinda hoping the 10th anniversary have a crossed cannon motif or something classy involving Columbus' flag colors.


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