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01-06-2014, 07:10 AM
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Just for instance...

Since I toss out the original premise that the Jackets are being built to be like the Blues, in my mind a better question would be "what kind of team do you think JD/JK are building in Columbus, what kind of identity, who fits, who doesn't and why?" And I'd hope people would answer based on what they think the organization is doing and not what they'd do. But that's just me.

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Throughout the entire existence of this franchise, how they are to be built has been quite a mystery. At least to me, anyway.

I would have no problem with being built like St. Louis. In this league big and fast with excellent goaltending beats small and fast with excellent goaltending. A couple mini-might's sprinkled in is ok, but what we are seeing is big, fast, and at least a few with top skillz wins the cup.

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I agree that JD/JK will do this (or at least try to) in a manner that will build the team for long term success. While all of us would like to see an immediate leap to being a realistic SC contender I think they will take whatever time it takes to do it correctly.
I think you are correct. They will take their time and build for long term success. The tricky part is the starved fan base. However, JD/JK seem to be sticking to their plan and figuring out who stays and goes. I think we will be sellers at the deadline and the build will continue. As frustrating as this team can be, it is exciting to watch this young team and know more talent is on the way and being groomed correctly. Imo, this team is sitting on just two bad contracts...RJ and Boll.

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01-06-2014, 10:15 AM
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A few things.

I would image that JD/JK are attempting to build the Jackets, not the Blues. Having said that, we are a Western team in the East. We will continue to be.

I don't think the Blues defense is "better". We have all the pieces to have one of the better defenses in the league. One of the guys is very young another one or two are in the AHL. Of course this requires Richards to actually make adjustments and not bury players for whatever issues he has.

The head coach of the Blues is infinitely better than ours. I'm glad we don't hear the stupid **** anymore about how Hitch will never be a head coach in the league again.

JK is being very patient with the core. We'll see how much longer that lasts.

Not sure why this game spawned a comparison thread. We've been destroyed by other teams this season. Not all of them good.

Murray is starting to get show some cracks. No biggie. We'll see how Richards manages it. I doubt he will in any meaningful way. Richards is all talk unless he's abusing a young player. I don't like how Richards makes adjustments during games. Meaning, he really doesn't. I've seen so many horrific matchups during the season, it's baffling to me. On the road it's bound to happen. At home, it happens far more than it should.

I still think the losses of Prospal and Aucoin are affecting this team more than thought.

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Can you guys slow your roll already some of us are trying to sneak into a playoff spot..... But as a sens fan looking on recently Ive been watching some Jackets games and well. You do look alot like the blues. Your still maturing as a team though so give it time. Sort of on the same page in developement as Ottawa right now. You guys have a hell of a team Ill be shocked if you don't make the post season.

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To me they remind my of the '93 Red Wings.

You could see the players in place and you knew they were going to do something big.

That is the feeling I get with this Jackets team.

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To me they remind my of the '93 Red Wings.

You could see the players in place and you knew they were going to do something big.

That is the feeling I get with this Jackets team.
Those are lofty hopes!

Unfortunately, I was only 8/9 years old that year, so it would be tough for me to formulate an opinion either way. I hope you're right!

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Other than JD, I don't see a lot of similarities between the two teams.

He's had to work with a bunch of young guys, bad history, and a coach not known to be at all like Hitch.

Perhaps that is what makes JD good. --adapting.


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01-22-2014, 07:44 AM
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To me they remind my of the '93 Red Wings.

You could see the players in place and you knew they were going to do something big.

That is the feeling I get with this Jackets team.
The one good thing that the current Jackets have going for them vs. the '93 Wings is that the Jackets seem to have the goaltender needed to go far in the playoffs already in place where that Wings team didn't. If I recall correctly, they were still going with Bob Essensa (or someone of that ilk) in net. They were kind of forced to use Osgood as a rookie in '94 since they had no better options and I don't think Vernon came on board until the following season.

To your point though, there is definite reason for optimism.

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The one good thing that the current Jackets have going for them vs. the '93 Wings is that the Jackets seem to have the goaltender needed to go far in the playoffs already in place where that Wings team didn't. If I recall correctly, they were still going with Bob Essensa (or someone of that ilk) in net. They were kind of forced to use Osgood as a rookie in '94 since they had no better options and I don't think Vernon came on board until the following season.

To your point though, there is definite reason for optimism.
It was Tim Cheveldae in 93, who was traded for Bob Essensa in 94, who was awful and gave way to Osgood. Vernon was the first of their goalie carousel.

What's funny about that goalie carousel is that no one else has really even tried it. Detroit couldn't draft and develop a goalie, so they kept signing veterans to one-year contracts and banking on them not being terrible. Meanwhile, they couldn't actually recognize that they had developed someone who could carry the load for a long time in Osgood.

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