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"Sitting here waiting for a winner"
Johnstown, OH • United States • 26 Years Old • Male

Waiting for a Winner...

Posted 12:14 PM ET | Comments 9
The phrase "Next Year" is often uttered around Columbus this time of year. As I sit here watching the Playoffs begin, I can't help but wonder if the Blue Jackets will ever make it there. It's been 6 years of great fan support, high ticket prices, and high expectations. What do we fans get for our loyalty? Doug Maclean saying, "I feel we're one or two pieces away" or "We've played .500 hockey since the acquisition of Sergei Fedorov." Fans of the Blue Jackets have heard his posturing before. Dougie, as I affectionately call him, is practically his own PR campaign. He is the first to toot his own horn if the team is doing well and the first to lay down the excuses. And in Columbus, we know excuses. "We were really crushed this season with injuries." "We just didn't have the energy because we played last night." "We're a fragile team and that goal just killed us." I could go on all day. As a fan, I'm sick of it. I'm sick of losing, I'm sick of being the laughing stock of the NHL, and I'm sick of hearing Doug Maclean feed us line after line of BS. Ownership made the right move by going over the head of Dougie to hire Ken Hitchcock. Hitch has really inserted a winning mentality and drive. Now, the owners just have to make the next logical move and fire Doug Maclean.
Filed Under:   Columbus Blue Jackets  
April 14, 2007 1:03 PM ET | Delete
IT is tough not making the playoffs and 6 years in a row I don't know if I could take it either. I think Hitch really turned the Jackets into a much better team. I also think that the Jackets ate like the Yotes and have too many past their prime vets. How is your farm team looking? How are your prospects? It is not an over night process to grow the kids. Hopefully you have some good AHL talent that can come in and compete for Roster spots and give your team that lift. Who knows maybe you are 1 or 2 pieces away.
April 14, 2007 3:41 PM ET | Delete
It's really tough as a Blue Jackets fan because the team has made moves to improve itself, and it seems like year after year they underachieve and don't live up to the potential the team has on paper. It's hard to really point blame in one spot. I have some issues with some of the things Maclean does, but, he has done some things right as well. He can't change the fact Nash still isn't consistently performing up to what we expect from Rick Nash....or that there are constant injuries on the blue line...etc.I think Columbus is close to the playoffs...The pieces just haven't clicked yet. It makes me wonder whether at some point their just going to have to tear everything apart and put together a whole new product just to try to get things going in the right direction.
April 24, 2007 10:24 PM ET | Delete
The excuses were nonstop man. I've felt the same pain, born and raised in Columbus and hearing the famous last words of Douggie Mac ("next year") year after year. It's tough to know that we're behind the 8-ball in free agency thanks to the Fedorov and Foote contracts, which I think we're okay without... but that's a different story. What do you think-- do we see the new GM package the pick for a center?
April 24, 2007 10:27 PM ET | Delete
Oh, by the way...love the comment about Doug being his own PR campaign. Couldn't agree more lol. Dude's a headcase.
April 25, 2007 9:08 AM ET | Delete
I absolutely see a package deal with the 7th pick. I'm sure it will have to go to a team that has to dump salary a little. I really want Chris Drury, though the price may be too high if the Sabres don't keep him.
April 25, 2007 3:57 PM ET | Delete
I initially hoped for Brad Richards, but now its looking more and more like Tampa wants to keep the Big 3. I really don't think they can, and Richards seems the most expendable because he's the highest paid. Did you see the article about Marc Denis possibly being bought out by Tampa?! The one good deal Doug pulled off lol.
August 6, 2007 1:37 PM ET | Delete
hey cbj 09 !!!! getting rid of maclean was the biggest mistake Bjs ever made .. and u will see soon REAL SOON his pr work did not bad LOL get ready for a moment of silence ( to hear the heads turning )
August 6, 2007 1:44 PM ET | Delete
oh cbj09 i think the nash deal maclean did was ok LOL ur a out to lunch dude ,, u must hang with the press in columbus .. u beleive everything u read . ur like the owner down there ..
August 7, 2007 11:48 AM ET | Delete
told ya so .... lol doug maclean rules !!!
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