Does that conversation sound familiar? (And my link doesn't account for the consistent rumble on the topic coming out of the Dispatch or, to a lesser degree, some of the other Blue Jackets fan blogs.)
My money says that conversation was with a Columbus Blue Jacket player.
I mean, consider the list of teams mentioned: Boston, Chicago, Vancouver and Detroit. Three teams (VAN, BOS, CHI) that the Blue Jackets have played in the last month. Three teams in the conference (CHI, DET, VAN). Two teams (CHI, DET) in the division. And an aspiration to be like the perennial division powerhouse (DET), with whom the Blue Jackets are intimately familiar.
Oh yeah, and one team in such turmoil (Friedman uses the term "struggling") that a player would have this type of conversation with a reporter.
So as general manager Scott Howson puts his trading pants on in suggesting, "We’re way less than the sum of our parts right now," it looks to me like the players are starting to push back.
The next six months or so are going to be very interesting.