|The root of my problems, Jeff Carter, when hopes were high|
back in training camp.
First of all, I am happy for the L.A. Kings fans. Forty-five years is a long time to wait, and is a time period that should be quite sobering to the BlueJackets faithful. I'd have to live to be 100. Yoikes!! So congratulations to the L.A. Kings Faithful.
The second part of closure is the knowledge that Jeff Carter did not really do anything for the Kings that he did not do for us. And realistically, the 2011-12 season was buried and done before Carter got a chance to get on the ice and have a chance to affect the outcome. A highly talented, and streaky player, Carter won the odd game for us, just as he did for the Kings. LA of course had Conn Smythe trophy winning goal tender Jonathan Quick to make Carter's occasional outbursts stand up as wins. This was something the CBJ defense and goal tending could not be counted on to accomplish. Jeff Carter may have been the pebble that started the avalanche for the Kings, but he was no more than a pebble on a deep and talented team. Minimizing his role is probably one of my immature rationalizations to make me feel better. Which is what closure is all about, isn't it?
I guess the other reason I am happy the Kings won is that it minimizes the chances that Howson will do something stupid, like use the first round pick we got from them in 2012. Its unlikely they will repeat, and the 2013 pick will almost certainly be better than the 2012 pick. There have been rumblings about the 2013 draft already, and I think I would rather see that asset preserved.
I'm not sure who said this first, I can't seem to place it, but I have heard it mentioned the John Davidson is unlikely to move anywhere before the draft, no matter the timing of his 30 day window. No one in their right mind would let him walk with all that pre-draft strategy knowledge in his head. If its gonna happen, it will be after the draft and before July 1 when all the new contracts start. That should be an interesting period. Would he demand from ownership input on a Nash trade in order to take the job?
Finally, a little trivia. Puck Rakers has a nice list of former CBJ players who have won the cup. Other than Jeff Carter, who was the CBJ player traded in mid-season who finished the year on a Stanley Cup winning squad?
Bring on the draft!! Waitress! And let the selection of young men come quickly too!