|Sergei Federov as a Blue Jacket|
After the 2005-06 season, Adam Foote was added to the roster as a free agent. These guys were real, honest-to-goodness, hockey names, that carried instant recognition. You will notice, of course, that the early steps towards respectability came through the acquisition of known players. This, however, did not translate to success on the ice. Thus, the franchise needed to make its next step towards respectability, the acquisition of Coach Ken Hitchcock.
|Adam Foote as a Blue Jacket|
|Ken Hitchcock working the Blue Jacket Bench|
The point I wanted to make, is that the addition of Craig Patrick to the organization at the executive level is another one of these incremental moves towards respectability as a franchise. This guy has an impecable hockey resume, part of which is experiencing both ups and downs. In spite of the incredibly disappointing performance on the ice, the organization has strengthened itself in many ways during the 2011-12 season. This will provide 'stiffness' for making the necessary on-ice changes to finally get the franchise to respectability in the Won-Loss column, the ultimate arbiter of respectability. The Craig Patrick hiring was a definite step in this direction.