Remember not too long ago, they were in the toilet before getting a new GM and they were the laughing stock cause the perception was that "they got nothing" in the Nash trade. What they accomplished recently has been remarkable and they should be proud.
We have an established system, coach, GM, and most of all a winning culture. Someone on our board posted about how this coming up just short could be the best thing for the CBJ, because the players will be so burned about that and won't want to feel that way again. So they will come to camp ready and focused.
Thanks, I was looking for JMFJ's goal on YT but it wasn't on there that I could find. I've said it so many times, Columbus can be a GREAT hockey town.. They just need to find winning ways consistently and they place will be packing the place for years to come.
ehh. a little soon for that but he is a hell of a goalie. Philly has to be pissed.
Actually as a Flyer fan, I'm not at all pissed. In fact, I'm thrilled he had such a great year. He was pretty much the hardest worker I've ever seen in any sport and he deserves the accolades he can get. He wasn't going to get the opportunity here to play enough, nor do I think he would have had the success he had, due to our "system" and personnel (which is a whole separate issue.) I hope when Columbus comes to town next year, the fans give him as warm a welcome as can be imagined from a Philly crowd. Then I hope the Flyers beat him and Columbus fair and square.
Also I'm interested in how Columbus fans view Mason's success so far. Obviously there is a much smaller sample size as compared to Bob and he had far more chances in Columbus to prove himself than Sergei did here, so its not a real good one on one comparison. But that's probably a whole different discussion.
Maybe. We've all talked or read about how late season runs after the team is essentially out of it might not mean that much in terms of how a team will perform the next year, and while columbus' was nothing short of spectacular, that could have some level of truth. Next year the eastern conference will be extremely tough, with 16 teams vying for 8 playoff spots. You can already look at it and think that Pitsburgh and NYR are clearly better teams, leaving columbus battling with NYI/NJD/PHI/WSH for the remaining atlantic seed, and then whoever comes 2nd and 3rd of that group battling it out with a pretty strong NE division for the wild card spots.
I dont think anyone should EXPECT a regression next year, but it certainly wouldnt be surprising to see columbus sitting towards the bottom of the atlantic division next year, and if that's the case, people will always wonder what a drouin/mackinnon would've meant for the team going forward.
Granted I was only watching on TV, but having been a fan since day 1, I think the crowd looked louder and more energized than I have ever seen in Nationwide Arena (the only possible comparable game could be Game 4 of the WC quarterfinals in 2009). Attendance was an SRO crowd of 19,002. A Dispatch articles says that a "few thousand" stuck around to watch the end of the Minnesota game on the center scoreboard. Too bad they were let down.
Originally Posted by oXo Cube
People don't realize how much it sucks to finish last until their team actually finishes there.
What about finishing last by a lot and then losing the draft lottery? I'll take this, thank you.
Absolutely positive.It gives the organization more credibility. Improves fans feelings. Maybe they land some free-agents when they show that they are not a total joke of a organisation. Drafting shouldn't be a problem for them since they have Kekalainen running the show now. He is a wizard on drafts.