|There is no substitute for veteran leadership|
And, as I have watched these playoffs unfold I have never felt, as I have in past years, that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be out of place in the Eastern Conference playoffs. If they are playing the style of hockey next year that they played down the stretch, they are going to be in the conversation. How did Boston sweep the Penguins? I think they outworked them. They beat them to loose pucks relentlessly, and checked like demons. Sound familiar? Boston has also showed a great deal of resiliency under duress in the playoffs, the hallmark of solid team leadership. Much like the CBJ showed down the stretch. Much like the Penguins didn't exhibit in the conference championship.
|Adrian Aucoin, you need leadership on the|
back end as well.
Prospal is the guy who knows how to have fun, but also knows how that you have to work hard, and then work harder. He sets that example on a day to day basis, which is a critical example for our young players. They are not ready to do it without him. It's time to get this foundation piece in place Jarmo. Its time to sign our leading scorer.
Adrian Aucoin, by all accounts, was a crucial leader on the back end. Where are you going to put Murray's locker stall? Next to Aucoin. The back end may be crowded, but Aucoin will miss enough games due to injury to give the young 'uns a chance to play. But they will need to him to help navigate the NHL as young players.
These are two, easy, one year contracts to preserve the veteran leadership in the locker room. As much as the Penguins were loaded for a Cup run, this is one ingredient they were lacking. The CBJ do not have the talent margin to enjoy that luxury. It's time Jarmo. Let's get this done.