Sunday, April 10, 2011

Boston Globe assessment of the CBJ season

With a hat tip to Kukla's Corner for pointing this article out, here's Boston Globe writer Kevin Paul Dupont's take on the Columbus Blue Jackets as they currently stand:
Columbus — The Blue Jackets [did not qualify for the playoffs] for a second straight season, not so bad in itself, at least outside of Canada. But that quick visit to the postseason in ’09 (a sweep by the Red Wings) stands as their only playoff time in 10 seasons. General manager Scott Howson has been on the job four seasons and really hasn’t moved the meter much beyond where Doug MacLean had it when sacked after the 2006-07 season. Hockey can work in Columbus, and the Jackets have one of the league’s best buildings (with accompanying practice facility), but after 824 games and only one season with more wins than losses, it has turned into a hockey horror flick.
We can quibble about how the talent pipeline is a little better, and how MacLean left such a mess, but I'm not sure I can argue with the conclusions.

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