Thursday, September 27, 2012
Indulge me for a moment while I shout again. HEY! NATIONWIDE!! NEW MINORITY OWNER!! YOU ADVERTISE YOUR PRODUCT BY HIRING EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATIVES!! JOHN DAVIDSON FITS THAT ROLE!! Sorry. I was carrying on a conversation with one of our minority owners. Ahem.
John Davidson was a goalie for the New York Rangers when Craig Patrick became GM. Those two go WAY back. This is an opportunity to significantly upgrade the 'hockey smarts' department in our executive leadership. Mike Priest, you did your job. We have a lockout, but the team is not now paying for the arena. Well done laddie. Time to move up into an upper level job at Worthington Steel. Now its time to hand the reins to a hockey man. John Davidson has the experience to be a president of the organization, and the personal weight to carry off the role of face of the organization. Mike, you did a great job as a successful business man working in the back rooms of Columbus. But now its time to move on.
Craig Patrick and Scott Howson make an effective team, as Howson is a good, younger guy, to take Patrick's overall hockey knowledge and put it to work. This is an opportunity to grow that level of 'hockey smarts' at the executive level by more than a third. Excuse me while I indulge in a bit more shouting.
THIS TYPE OF OPPORTUNITY DOES NOT COME ALONG OFTEN!! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT NOW!!
Use the money you are saving to hire John Davidson. Remember this Mr. McConnell. You need someone to explain to the hockey fans in Columbus why the All-Star Game has been canceled. Do you really want Scott Howson or Mike Priest to handle this job? What ever money John Davidson commands is well worth the expenditure for this moment.
Sorry for all the shouting folks. For a hard luck franchise, this is an opportunity of a life time. Recognizing the opportunity is one thing. That's our job. Capitalizing on it is up to the organization. Its time to show you can Get 'er Done!
The National Hockey League cancelled the balance of the (official) 2012-13 preseason.
Seeing as the NHL and the NHL Players Association aren't willing to discuss "economic issues" (read: How to split $3.3 billion in revenues) right now, is it safe to assume that regular season games will be following soon?
So....uhhh.... Has anyone seen any good movies recently? Read a book that they'd like to recommend? How about a favorite recipe?
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
This is getting old.
|With apologies to the estate of Charles Schultz...but is there a more apt analogy?|
Monday, September 17, 2012
I love the role of Government and National Leadership. I hate, hate, hate politics and roller hockey guys. That being said, two of my favorite politicians are Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Regardless of their individual politics, those two guys could work a room, crack a smile, sincerely get conversation started, and at least make you think that Washington was about solving the problems of constituency. But sadly, Washington today is not unlike NHL ownership: moderates on either side of the aisle are gone from roles of leadership, good discussion can't be found, the other guy says the other guy's plans won't work, and fans (voters) are left either enraged or apathetic. Wow, that got deep.
|One could only image what the Gipper said |
to make Slick Willey blush. "An NHL team in Little Rock?!?"
|Father and Son. Son, with the "Ray Bourque" inspired hair-do.|
|The evil rich - yes, he is in the same tax |
bracket as Warren Buffet. #BecauseHesRich
|Not one, not two, not three, not four, but five - I want five NHL lockouts|
Sunday, September 16, 2012
September 16, 2012Dear [DBJ],
As you may be aware, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association expired on September 15 and unfortunately, a new agreement has yet to be reached. It is the League's objective to successfully conclude negotiations for the new Agreement as soon as possible and avoid any delay in starting the 2012-13 NHL season. However, in the event a new Agreement is not reached in this timeframe and the work stoppage causes games to be officially cancelled by the National Hockey League, the Blue Jackets have established the following options for payments related to games cancelled.
IF YOUR ACCOUNT FOR THE 2012-13 SEASON IS PAID IN FULL YOU WILL HAVE TWO (2) OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:
Option 1: Keep Money on Account and Receive a Credit of 4% Toward Future Ticket Purchases
Again, it is the hope of all involved that agreement on the terms of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be reached quickly and that there will be no interruption or change in the original schedule of games for this season. However, as a valued season ticket holder we wanted to make sure you are aware that contingency plans are in place should any pre-season and /or regular season games be missed. Your support and loyalty is not something we take lightly or for granted. It is important to us that you remain an integral part of our team for many seasons to come. In the near future, you will be contacted by your personal Blue Jackets representative [name inserted] to answer any questions you may have regarding the options outlined above. If you would like to discuss your options before then, please feel free to contact [name] at [phone]. We also have answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions posted on our website. Please click here to see the Frequently Asked Questions related to the NHL Work Stoppage.
Again, thank you very much for your passion, loyalty and support. We hope to see you at Nationwide Arena soon.
Vice President, Ticket Sales & Service
By the way of comparison, here's a list of what teams are offering different percentages of interest for not cashing out:
- 10 percent: Minnesota Wild
- 5 percent: Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs
- 4 percent: Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets
- 3 percent: Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets
- 2 percent: Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks
- 1.5 percent: Pittsburgh Penguins
- 1 percent: Washington Capitals
If more teams' policies become available, I'll update.
Friday, September 14, 2012
The CBJ Foundation apparently is holding its annual golf outing today. I'm not going to begrudge the Foundation for an event that surely was scheduled long ago, nor am I going to begrudge the team and its (for now) players for giving their time to help the charitable causes of the Foundation.
But tell me the irony isn't there. One of the NHL's most reliable teams for springtime golf over the past 12 seasons, taking to the course once again as their season crumbles around them.
Here's the team photo, drawn from the Blue Jackets' Instagram feed:
Try coming up with a caption or two. (If you're going to crack on Dubinsky's pants, by the way, make sure it's good because that joke is just too easy. But double points if you can come up with a good one for the lurker behind Ryan Johansen.)
Mine: Steve Mason puts on a brave face as his teammates talk behind his back again, this time literally.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
|CBJ Majority Owner John P. McConnell|
This is a Blue Jackets blog, so I'm not going to comment on the vote taken by the other 29 teams' owners. I wouldn't pretend to understand their motivations. I'll also admit that I'm not intimately familiar with the motivations of the Blue Jackets ownership, but I've pieced together a handful of reasons why a lockout in Columbus probably would hurt our community as bad as, if not worse than, any other NHL community.
Remember, the owners could have voted to skip the lockout, play the season under the expired collective bargaining agreement rules and keep negotiating with the players. To a man, they voted not to do so.
I honestly don't know what to do with this development.
As a fan of the club, I feel betrayed.
As a fan of Columbus, Ohio, I'm downright scared about the future of NHL hockey in this town. I hope that my community can survive a second lockout in the team's first 12 years, but it seems like a stretch.
Hold on tight, everyone.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
|I must break you.|
|Mullets = Glorious. Sike.|
|Selanne is sporting what I assume is called a "Duxedo."|
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
|There are three shows from the 80's that are unwatchable to me now: Voltron, Thundercats, any guesses on the third?|
|I definately need 108" non-waxed laces for my size 8 3/4 Bauer Hockey skate that goes on my right foot.. Definately not 108" for the size 9 Bauer hockey skate that goes on my left foot. Definately not.|
|It wasn't always like the "Grind Line" and "The Russian Five" was it?|
Saturday, September 8, 2012
To make this happen, I've been fortunate to share the blog with a number of terrific people, some of whose names you know well...and some who only wrote a post or two before going on their way. Most importantly, I consider myself friends with everyone who's posted on the DBJ blog.
On the cusp of the 2012-13 (non?) season, I'm excited to share that another talented voice and nifty guy will be joining our merry band at the Dark Blue Jacket.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
|The Blue Jackets tried to sign free agent Jaromir Jagr,|
but he chose the Dallas Stars and their larger offer instead.
Still a 50-plus point scorer after a zillion years of playing hockey, Jagr would have been a perfect one-year pickup for the Blue Jackets as they try to shake off the feeling of being the 30th place team in a 30-team league.
Dallas eventually signed him, as they offered $300,000 more than the Blue Jackets. No idea how seriously the Jagr camp was considering Columbus. It's one thing to fax an offer sheet to an agent - but it's another altogether to be in the running.
Regardless, the Jagr story lends credence to the (Dispatch originated, I think?) story that the Blue Jackets tried to be more aggressive in free agency but couldn't get anyone to bite. Anyone but Adrian Aucoin, I mean.
Still, it reopens the question box over whether general manager Scott Howson really is a closer. I don't want to go there (and almost would have rather known that Howson was a conscientious objector from the free agent frenzy this year, perhaps using the looming collective bargaining agreement expiration as a crutch), but the result speaks for itself.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Things were muddling along up until yesterday. The owners proposed to whack the current salary structure off at the knees. The players countered by giving the owners a smaller bat, but with the caveat that the filthy rich teams would have to use some of that player pain to prop up the poorer teams. The owners came back by switching from their original wooden bat to an aluminum one. The players supposedly responded with another counter that the owners again dismissed.
And the talks stopped. Cold. We're now two weeks away from a lockout with less hope for an agreement than ever.