|Jeff Carter is back. Wiz is free from "time out."|
The season can start now. Oh, wait...
Jeff Carter is back. James Wisniewski is back. Jared Boll is back. OK, Boll's return isn't as monumental, but he was slotted into the roster. The only player of note who isn't back and was expected to contribute is Mark Dekanich. I also acknowledge that Kristian Huselius is still out, but he wasn't expected to play again until the holiday season, hence the signing of Vinny Prospal. (And then there is the purge of the kids and the backfilling with the likes of Letestu, Nikitin, Bass, etc. The roster will never look like what was originally conceived - which further emphasizes my point about how silly the above retort is.)
Anyway, the roster finally is coming close to looking like what general manager Scott Howson and head coach Scott Arniel envisioned come October 7. That means that it's time to put on the spectacles and see what our ninjas have come up with.
If this roster truly is as talented as was advertised, Columbus should give its expansion cousins from The State of Hockey a run for their money if not steal a win outright. If the Blue Jackets lose convincingly, that will also send a powerful message and make this type of stuff sound reasonable.
|Is the coaching staff consciously sheltering Ryan Johansen?|
Many also have suggested that in that "inconsistent" (being gentle here) game on Saturday, the only Columbus line that showed any fire was - wait for it...wait for it - the Prospal/Letestu/Johansen line. Go figure.
|Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett|
Is Arniel trying to send a message to him, or is Howson holding him out (and keeping him healthy) as trade bait for a real defenseman or goaltender?
|If you give a goalie some help,|
he plays well! Who knew?
They didn't beat Winnipeg by blowing the doors off of Andrej Pavelec (they still haven't shown that they have the ability to perform as the scoring machine that was suggested with the preseason talk of three scoring lines); they won by actually playing a discernible team defense.
Now, will this lesson hold?
|I don't care who the coach is. Some|
stuff is just too good to pass up.
At least both Kris Russell and Nikita Nikitin both got on the scoresheet in their first games with their new teams. Has Russell scored and Nikitin seen his rear end crazy glued to the bench in the third, I think my brain might have exploded.