Its been a crazy, busy week. At work, there has been a lot of stress to complete a major project that supposedly roll out Nov. 1. It’s been a work in progress since Feb, and two weeks before it was due., the project manager asked us all to complete their work. Or may I should say ” Do their work”
Hopefully we are done. I got out of there early today to get to a Stick N Puck. I needed some relief and exercise ( I have been getting on the rollers, but I needed ice time). Had a blast, felt like I played really well!
I saw this blog this morning on the Dispatch. Very honest, very truthful!
After Saturday’s blowout in Denver and Wednesday’s late collapse at home to the Stars, I’m sensing panic among the Blue Jackets’ fan base, a real fright that this season will be no different than the rest.
Let me say this, I understand.
Let me also say this: relax.
These must have been frustrating games for fans. In Denver, they just didn’t look ready to play the Avs, and they got waxed. Against the Stars, they looked panicked in the final 10 minutes and ended up gagging it away. Shades of 2002-03, eh?
A rap sheet of culprits:
— Dan Fritsche has been invisible. Has had a scoring chance?
— Gilbert Brule, too. The Brule-as-a-center experiment imploded shortly after it got off the ground on Wednesday. Brule played two shifts in the third period. He has no points in five games.
— Sergei Fedorov looked like Sergei Fedorov on opening night. Since then, he’s looked like a softer version of Manny Malhotra.
— Michael Peca has been Jan “Captain Hook” Hrdina so far.
— David Vyborny is a heck of a player when the whole machine is firing. When it’s not, Vyborny does not step up and carry the club on his back. He just doesn’t.
— Duvie Westcott is not quite Duvie Westcott. It’s going to take him a while to get his head and skates properly calibrated again.
The Blue Jackets are 2-2-1. That’s not good. That’s not bad. It’s .500.
The previous Blue Jackets’ administration — which DOES NOT read this blog, but STILL HAS CRONIES call to complain about it — seemed to set .500 as a target.
Howson and Hitchcock have not set their sights on mediocrity. It must be pointed out that Hitchcock is one frustrated hombre right now. He’s pretty disappointed that the Blue Jackets have played so inconsistently, that they’ve shown weakness at a point in the game when tough teams will prevail.
The whole front-office and most of the players are disappointed … and they’re still .500.
Again, .500 is not the target. But if you’re playing poorly, still waiting for most of the players to wake up, and suffering through an early offensive slump, .500 isn’t a bad spot to be.
There are 77 games to play.
They’d better win in Buffalo on Friday.