By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli)
On a warm and rainy day in Columbus, Ohio, NHL hockey finally returned. For an organization that finished in last place by nine points last season and then subsequently lost out on the draft lottery for the first overall selection, there were certainly some question marks surrounding the level of fan support in Columbus.
But all of that was put to rest when Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards took the ice to address the fans at OhioHealth’s Ice Haus, which had every seat packed and even more fans crammed wall-to-wall along the boards. Richards spoke about how things have been gloomy at times for the organization, but that is the past. He thanked the fans for their support multiple times, and left the ice saying that it’s time to get down to business.
And get down to business is exactly what they did. Richards led an up-tempo workout with a lot of skating, passing, and hard-working drills. Right out of the gate, the fans got a sneak peak at the 2012-13 lin...