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Dose of Reality #59

June 30, 2007

James Mirtle is one of the best hockey bloggers out there and his site is regular read for me. Last night, he posted The Death of a Franchise and the post AND all of the comments are worth your time. The Nashville situation has opened a can of worms for the NHL and the outcome will reverberate throughout all of professional sports in North America.

Moving on to another topic, I see that The Dispatch didn’t care to pursue the comments of Adam Foote. I know they sort of operate on a policy that the only TV station that they will attribute is their own, WBNS (channel 10), but the headline this morning Blue Jackets will keep Fedorov, Foote told me that they have their stories written and don’t want distractions. Couldn’t the writer, Aaron Portzline, bother to ask the team for a comment on Foote’s remarks of wanting a do-over on Columbus?

Finally, Drew and other bloggers in the area are putting a lot of time on posts about the CBJ roster and prospects for next season. I don’t really think much about the subject because I believe next season will show us not how much better the team will be but that they won’t get any worse. Scott Howson and Ken Hitchcock want to put an entertaining product on the ice to keep the fans coming into Nationwide while saving money and TOTALLY re-evaluating the players in the organization for the 2008-09 season. Money and roster space are tied up in two aging players, some future stars, and a lot of unknowns. I am resigned to another season out of the playoffs, but am excited about getting a more accurate glimpse of the future. The open issues of Pascal Leclaire, Gilbert Brule, Nikolai Zherdev, Joakim Lindstrom, and Rostislav Klesla are going to be resolved over the course of the season. Probably some good-byes will be said to a few in this group, but at least they will be given a thorough evaluation by Howson and Hitchcock as to how they fit into the Blue Jackets future. There might even be some pleasant surprises out there, like Kris Russell or Derick Brassard, that will expedite this whole process. But by March of 2008, we all should know if we have a real team or not.

-Truth Serum

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