Hitch should sit with each player individually and ask them who they want to be on their line. Then take all the responses and put the lines together. Heck, it can't hurt, since he's tried everything else. Maybe putting guys with the guys they want to be on a line with would work!!! You heard it here first.
How many NHL players have been born and/or trained in central Ohio? How many hockey fans does the city have? How many times have the Jackets made the playoffs?
Sorry boys, respect has to be earned.
We are not hated. They are trying to grow new markets and we fortunately are one. Now if we only could have the success to enable this. Just think of how loved the Jackets would be if we had the success of our twin brother, the Wild.
Are you ready to assume leadership responsibility?
"I think lately I’ve taken a big step in showing what I can do on the ice. Now that Footer is gone I’m definitely going to have to step it up in the dressing room."
Are you ready to become the vocal leader of the team?
“I’m still a guy who’s 23 years old. It’s kind of tough telling a guy who’s 30 years old to pick up his game and things like that, they might not listen, but I’m ready to take that jump, starting trying those things and I’m sure a lot of guys will be behind me.”