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04-28-2013, 10:11 AM
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The prospect circlejerking on this site is at an all time high. Who cares if they "played themselves into 9th" and missed out on some unproven teenager? This team showed a ton of heart and did what they needed to do since the deadline to get themselves in.

There are so many positives to draw from this unfortunate finish. They have an incredible eye for talent sitting in their GM spot, and an equally skilled President in John Davidson. Both of these men were able to set the Blues up for a pretty long window of playoff contention, and the Blues were the worst team post (last) lockout with paltry attendance. Beyond that, the Columbus roster is getting deep. They've gotten great goaltending and solid play from their younger core, and they added Marian Gaborik, who may thrive in this environment.

Plus, they have a swath of first rounders that they can dangle at the draft for impact FA's, trade up, or roll the dice and draft 3 potential roster players. This is huge forward momentum, especially when you consider the other bottom feeder teams in the conference that had considerably less success from last year to this year. Look at Edmonton with Schultz and the embarrassment of young top 6 talent, the Avs with Duchene and Parenteau, or the Flames (no citation necessary). The only other team that improved as much as Columbus from last season is Minnesota, and no offense to MN fans, but it took 2 HUGE FA signings to do it, and they got in on the last day of the season.

This was a huge season for Columbus. Kudos and respect to their club and fans.

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04-28-2013, 10:18 AM
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Nightmare? Not even remotely close. The fans who have been with this team for many years see this as potentially the best season we've had the pleasure to be a part of. Many of the early losses were close. The shift in culture is unbelievable.

CBJ fans became accustomed to a soft goal by Steve Mason resulting in the collective dropped shoulders of the entire team. We were often out of the game via attitude alone if down by 2 goals at any time.

This year... wow, just wow. The "never say die" attitude of this team makes every game worth watching. Seriously, I never counted them out even when behind a goal or two... or three.

Jackets endured (like many teams) some crappy calls by the officials which would have broken prior CBJ teams, but not this one. The positive body language, hard skating, competitive attitude and comraderie each and every game were, well, inspiring for the fans.

Worst nightmare? Hell no. This team is a dream!

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04-28-2013, 10:20 AM
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Columbus' worst nightmare is if the LA Kings and NY rangers meet in the Stanley cup final. That would be some bad luck.

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04-28-2013, 10:33 AM
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When the hiring of John Davidson was merely speculative, I said that, if hired, it would be the best move in club history. Perhaps the season's success isn't entirely JD's doing, as Howson acquired all of these players save for Gaborik and Boll, but I maintain the notion that hiring him was the best thing we've ever done. He has instilled a franchise-wide confidence that there has never been. There is a swagger. There is an actual, real-life belief in this team, and this time it's not because of the prospect we drafted nth overall. It's because the leadership is actually leading.

I've haven't heard more strangers talk about the Jackets in 12 years than I did last night. Everybody in the city was aware of what was at stake. This city (and state) has proverbial blue balls for a sports team to have success outside of Ohio State football and basketball. We live and die by sports in Ohio, and we have some of the most passionate fans in the world (seriously, it's overbearing during football season, and most of the year in general). Give us a product like the '12-13 Jackets consistently and everyone will start paying attention, and this market will absolutely explode.

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04-28-2013, 10:34 AM
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We've had years of losing, bad drafting, bad luck and quick fix FA signings (Foote, Fedorov, etc.) that never worked out, so to have a season like this where youngsters and castaway veterans played their butts off every night and almost got the Jackets into the playoffs can't be viewed as anything but a success. Very excited for the future with youngsters like Atkinson, Calvert, Johansen, Bob, Prout, Erixon, Jenner and Murray along with leaders like JMFJ and Duby, some skill in Anisimov, Foligno and Gaborik as well as a competent front office.

Once things get rolling, I think Columbus will be one of the better NHL markets, similar to maybe Buffalo. We have some good high school and college hockey here, we just need a real NHL team to root for and maybe we have one now.

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04-28-2013, 10:37 AM
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Well, they have a #1 goaltender now, one who is likely going to win the Vezina...

Despite having a relatively weak lineup, they showed a lot of heart and missed the playoffs by one point.

They have a couple of first rounders this year, a full year of Gaborik and the rest of their lineup, and Murray coming back. Pretty ****ing good improvement, if you ask me.

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04-28-2013, 11:16 AM
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They have 3 1st round picks in the draft so at least they'll get some good prospects. It would be much worse if they only had 1 first rounder.

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04-28-2013, 11:31 AM
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Doubt it. They've still got 3 firsts in a deep draft and already have a bunch of quality young players. Plus, it seems like they've found a real team identity, as a hard-working no frills club. And more importantly, they gave their fans an on-ice product they could really be excited about for the first time in a long time. The future still looks bright for the Jackets.

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04-28-2013, 11:50 AM
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We've had years of losing, bad drafting, bad luck and quick fix FA signings (Foote, Fedorov, etc.) that never worked out, so to have a season like this where youngsters and castaway veterans played their butts off every night and almost got the Jackets into the playoffs can't be viewed as anything but a success. Very excited for the future with youngsters like Atkinson, Calvert, Johansen, Bob, Prout, Erixon, Jenner and Murray along with leaders like JMFJ and Duby, some skill in Anisimov, Foligno and Gaborik as well as a competent front office.

Once things get rolling, I think Columbus will be one of the better NHL markets, similar to maybe Buffalo. We have some good high school and college hockey here, we just need a real NHL team to root for and maybe we have one now.
(Foote, Federov, and F***ing Carter)

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04-28-2013, 12:00 PM
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Just watch them defy the 0.5% odds and win the draft lottery tomorrow!

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04-28-2013, 12:15 PM
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Nope.If this was an 82 game schedule, they would make the playoffs. Very promising for them. Poor start

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04-28-2013, 12:34 PM
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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.
I agree with that when the winning doesn't give you a chance to make the playoffs and is only for a week or 2. The Jackets won for quite a long time and almost made the playoffs though.

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04-28-2013, 01:26 PM
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Just watch them defy the 0.5% odds and win the draft lottery tomorrow!
Oh god if only.

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04-28-2013, 01:36 PM
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Missing the post season by 1 point is hardly a nightmare, it's just a reminder they were one goal away from the post season in some OT game they should have had. It's a huge boost of confidence for a team that needs it in a lot of areas other than goaltending at this point. This isn't the Oilers where they wasted a season even trying since they're too young and soft to hope for anything but another draft pick. That attitude is pretty exclusive to a losing mentality and Columbus has done their best to break away from that this year.

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04-28-2013, 01:55 PM
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Don't see how it's a nightmare. They've now got a good core and still have a chance at the lottery, slim, but a chance. I'd say they have an outside chance next year based on their FA signings.

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The NHL has yet to witness the awesomeness that is Ryan Murray.

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04-28-2013, 02:14 PM
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Oh god if only.
Hey, it's a 1 in 200 chance. Great odds for a lottery!

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No nightmare...just frustration that the season wasn't a week longer to lock in a playoff spot. Stupid lockout with no camp with too many new faces to learn each other's roles. Had to find their roles on the fly. The team was worse team in league Jan/Feb. In March/April, they were the best team in Western Conference and 2nd best team in league behind Pittsburgh. Averages out: 30th for half a season, 2nd for half a season = 16th place team, lose out on tie breaker. Just a lot of frustration of not knowing what they could've done in the playoffs.

Still can't believe they closed out the season winning 5 of 6 on road at Minn,Col,Ana,Lak,SJ,Dal...thought they'd fall away on that trip...still not enough. Congrats to Detroit, they have a way of switching into higher gear when they were pushed by CBJ.

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04-28-2013, 06:13 PM
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What's really a mess is that people actually think this way instead of actually thinking about the reason we actually watch the sport. For our teams to win. Columbus had a pretty good season when all is said and done and took a MAJOR step forward as an organization.

Call it baby steps if you want because they didnt make the playoffs but they are only going to get better. In the end, nobody gives a $#% if a guy is drafted 5th or 15th. Their success rate in the NHL is very similar. To couple that, they'll be landing 3 top prospects. How's that a bad thing?

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Guess this was a nightmare season for Winnipeg too?

Why not include Philly, NJ, Phoenix, and Dallas in this conversation as well?

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Not at all. Doesn't really benefit them all that much, but it shows they're almost there.

Their worst nightmare would be to put together an amazing team and finish where they are, with the talent level on their roster currently I'd say where they finished is pretty darn accurate.

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Guess this was a nightmare season for Winnipeg too?

Why not include Philly, NJ, Phoenix, and Dallas in this conversation as well?
This was far more a nightmare season for all of those teams than it was for Columbus. All of those teams not making the playoffs was a huge disappointment; except maybe Winnipeg and Dallas, I'd put them in a similar situation.

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04-28-2013, 07:06 PM
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Not at all. Look at the Ottawa Senators, I wanted Landeskog but ended up with Zibanejad and a playoff team.

They have young elite level prospects coming up to go with these players, its nothing but a positive. They have a good team, and their record last 30 games has been incredible. As Edmonton has showed, getting 1st overall picks doesnt guarantee instant success. Also, very rarely does one player make that big of an impression.

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04-28-2013, 07:15 PM
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Edmonton is Columbus's worst nightmare.
Harsh but probably true. This was a big step for them. It's a lot easier going into an off season hungry because they missed by inches rather than a mile.

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They're a poor man's Boston and I'm glad y'all are headed east.

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pretty sure a successful season and subsequent lower draft pick is a nightmare for nobody except maybe oiler's management

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