|Nashville 4 - Columbus 0|
Bless your heart, Barry Trotz. Only you could sit on a lead for 50 minutes of game play and get away with it.
Here's the game haiku:
Trotz' Rule to Live By
CBJ can't score a goal
All Preds need is one
OK, that's out of the way. Now let's talk about things of substance.
Here's Todd Richards' latest postgame presser:
I still think it's not the coach, but this feast/famine crap has to end and "You can't fire the roster," Sigh. #CBJ
— Dark Blue Jacket (@DarkBlueJacket) November 28, 2013
@DarkBlueJacket I don't disagree. I feel the same sadness coming that was there with Hitchcock's end of tenure. #CBJ #Fight4Richards
— Cristobal R (@SpicyCalzone) November 28, 2013
On the flip side, I was all but dancing in the streets when Scott Arniel got the ziggy. Now, he was a coach who needed to be fired. But I digress.
If the team was consistently mediocre-to-bad, I'd say fire Richards and don't look back. Thing is, they can drop a half-dozen on Toronto on Monday and then lay this monster egg tonight. With essentially the same roster and a day off in between. It makes no sense. I appreciate that Nashville is an OK team, and that Toronto is an OK team, but to blow one out and then get the same treatment less than a week later? What is it with this team?
As I implied, I think the writing is on the wall for Todd Richards if he doesn't pull a rabbit out of his hat.
Don't get me wrong. I'd love to explore which pieces of this roster aren't going to help make a Stanley Cup happen in Columbus and move then out ASAP for players who will. I'd like to fire a huge portion of this roster. I just know it's impossible...and so someone has to take the fall for this lousy season thus far. (And no, Nathan Horton won't magically make things right all by himself when he returns from his long-term injury. He might be a contributor to an improved team, but he's not The Answer.)
No, this is sad. If something actually happens on Nationwide Boulevard - and both John Davidson and Jarmo Kekalainen have given no indication that anything is looming - it's more than likely going to be the coach shuffled out the side door.
This must stop, and soon. The Columbus Blue Jackets have to start playing every night like they want to win.