Sunday, December 26, 2010
Game 35/Chicago: My Take
Over Thanksgiving weekend, the Blue Jackets were playing for undisputed control of the National Hockey League's Western Conference. Over Christmas weekend, they're in 12th place in the West (only four points out of eighth, though). Despite my suggestion of hope, it's pretty clear that The Collapse is on.
Sure, there are similarities to last year's implosion (which cost Ken Hitchcock his job). This year's collapse, however, has been accomplished with no crushing injuries and a new coach who seemed to embrace the loose, fast-moving play of the early part of the season. Thus, we can't say "Here we go again" with a straight face. We can, however, say, "Not again..." because such a statement is only a reflection of game outcomes and standings - and not the underlying reasons for the failure.
Regardless, we can only hope that CBJ GM learned from last year's disaster (and his attempts to address it). Because something has got to change lest yet another season fall out of reach before New Year's.
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