Showdown at the CBJ Corral

It came and it went. The 2012 NHL Trade Deadline passed at 3:00pm Monday afternoon.

Sammy Pahlsson, Grant Clitsome, Jeff Carter, Antoine Vermette, Kris Russell have all been shipped out, and no more “shipping” will take place until the after the Stanley Cup is awarded in early June in Nashville, Detroit,Vancouver, New York, or Boston.

This post isn’t about the guys we said goodbye (or good riddance) to. This is about the captain that remains with our team.

I’ll admit it right now: I trust the management of this team. There isn’t a single person in the world who could have reasonably predicted this season would’ve gone the way it did. The excitement of James Wisniewski and Jeff Carter had everyone rip-roaring and ready to go in July of 2011.

Fast forward 7 months, and here we stand with Rick Nash requesting he be traded, after GM Scott Howson and Co. said originally it was management who requested the opportunity to pursue a trade for the Captain. It can be argued that Nash is going back on the contract that he signed, keeping himself in Columbus for the majority of the remainder of his career. But it can also be said that the management have not built the team around him that Rick was promised.

Certainly I’m in the minority of defending the management side of things, but Rick signed the contract knowing who his bosses were and knowing who signs the paycheck.

As a fan of the Blue Jackets, I thought it’d be pretty tough to be more embarrassed of the team than I already have been this year. A new low was reached yesterday evening when it was revealed that Nash was the one requesting the trade. I was prepared to be accepting of a huge return in a trade of our Blue Jackets’ Captain, and sure, I would have felt upset/depressed/unsurprised that it never worked out for Nash in Columbus. Now, the egg’s on those of us who wanted nothing but Nash to stay here and become our (lesser) version of Steve Yzerman.

While deadline day was not the epic explosion we expected, there are many in Columbus who are playing out their final weeks in CBJ-land. There is virtually no way Rick Nash wears the Union Blue ever again (unless it’s part of the 2013 All-Star Game Jersey), Steve Mason, RJ Umberger, etc., etc., etc., could all be on the move too.

General Manager Scott Howson and Senior Adviser Craig Patrick have an unenviable position, and in the end, maybe Rick Nash did learn something from the previous Blue Jackets captain; How to bail on your team when they need you most. Luckily Scott Howson took those lemons and made lemonade too.


1 Response to “Showdown at the CBJ Corral”

  1. 1 PunkRockSean
    February 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I suppose I’m in the minority with you. I think that we only know 10% of what goes on behind the scenes in any professional sports team, and I can’t imagine what Howson has had to endure personally since taking over as GM. Priest wants him to get Carter, Hitchcock wants Nash to be the captain, Arniel wants to put Brassard in the Pressbox, and through all of it, we’re all supposed to believe that Nash has got our best interests at heart. Finally, Howson comes out and says, “hey, guess what everybody, Rick isn’t a saint,” and I can understand why he didn’t let that cat out of the bag until after the deadline.

    I don’t think coming clean about Nash will diminish his trade value, but what do I know. I can’t decide where I stand on Umberger, right now I’m just trying to figure out who is still on the team and what the lines and pairings are.

    I’m much more interested in figuring out who is going to play goaltender here next year when we increase our 10-game package to a 20-game (my parents are retiring in Columbus this summer).

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