Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on his blog dated Oct. 7, 2011:
"When I think about our team on Opening Night 2011 another word comes to mind — OPTIMISM. I believe in our players, our coaches, our staff and our fans. I am optimistic this can be a special year for the Columbus Blue Jackets."
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on his blog dated Oct. 25, 2011:
"The first three weeks have been extremely difficult for all of us. The responsibility for where we are lies with me, our management staff, coaches and players. It does not lie with Brendan Shanahan or the NHL or the officials. It is not about luck. The responsibility for getting us out of it lies also with us... all of us doing it together."
So we've gone from OPTIMISM to optimism for the Blue Jackets, now with the pungent odor of desperation. Columbus enters its home game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night with an 0-7-1 record, having previously lost at Detroit 5-2. The Wings are coming off a 7-1 loss in W...