I was thinking of putting this on a separate post, but it's more like an announcement for a new means of continuing dialogue between fans. That, and I'm going to keep this survey up on the right-hand column for a while...at least until the All-Star Game or perhaps when changes are made that render the survey moot.
Recently, HockeyBuzz's Eric Smith posted a link to the video of the introductory press conference for Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel with the acompanying Tweet: "Remember this when hopes & confidence was high?"
Heady times, indeed. In fact, Smith's comment conjured in my mind what I consider to be the high water mark for the Arniel coaching tenure - the first-ever road trip sweep of Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose in October 2010. Remember this nugget from the Dispatch guys at Puck Rakers (no longer available on their site, so I rely on HFBoards for the quote):
When Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel learned it was the first-ever regulation win in San Jose -- from video coordinato Dan Singleton, who's been in place from Day 1 -- Arniel deadpanned: "What have you guys been doing for 10 years?"Now you know, coach.
ON THE CANCELLED PRACTICE THING
The team is on the back end of playing four games in six days. That's exhausting. Especially when your coach spends half of the practice time huddling you around a greaseboard and you're not working out.
That being said, I'm actually surprised when I hear that practice has - once again - been cancelled. Considering that the team apparently scheduled their multi-day stop in the hills outside of Montreal long before the season started, you'd think that they could have seen the cluster of games and simply said, "No practice" or "Optional practice" instead of scheduling and then cancelling a full team practice.
HEY TYLER WRIGHT, WHO'S YER BUD?
Presented without comment, other than to say that today's times don't seem as funny as this was: