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04-28-2013, 10:38 AM
Mayor Bee
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The keyword for this season was "vindication".

Coming into this year, we heard the following:
- Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski were poor defensemen
- Sergei Bobrovsky couldn't be counted on to be a #1 goalie
- Anisimov, Dubinsky, and Erixon couldn't come close to replacing Rick Nash
- The youngsters (Atkinson, Calvert, Prout) wouldn't crack the roster of better teams
- The team had no heart, no skill, and no grit
- Todd Richards couldn't coach
- A full-scale rebuild was necessary
- I won't say it, but you know what I'm thinking
- There was no fan base, and no one outside of a handful cared about hockey in Columbus

In the span of three months, every single one of those was pretty decisively laid to rest. And not just here among us, but around the league. That's a hell of an achievement in a very short period of time.

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