Put your Commodore and Wilson thoughts aside, step back from the Columbus Blue Jackets entirely, and think about this:
The 2011 NHL Winter Classic had better TV ratings in Columbus than all but 8 other NHL U.S. markets.
Yup. Better than New York City. Better than Chicago. Better than the sunbelt hockey outposts.
Sure, it had something to do with the fact that Columbus has a healthy Penguins fan contingent. But I submit that it had more to do with a town that loves its sports and has grown to love NHL hockey over the past 10 years - despite the on-ice performance of the CBJ.
This news, perhaps more than any other since the whole Arena stuff hit the fan, gives me hope that the CBJ will be around for a long time to come. The NHL would be crazy to give up on this market.