Found October 28, 2012 on
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
If there is a silver lining to the NHL lockout, John Davidson figures he can use the time to get settled in as the Blue Jackets’ new president of hockey operations. Without the fury of three or four games a week, Davidson can gauge the habits and personalities of his new staff and witness how the operation works inside Nationwide Arena.
But Davidson wouldn’t be here if the operation were working well.
The trials and tribulations have been many for the Blue Jackets, but last season was the capper. The Jackets spent to the roof of the NHL salary cap but sank to the bottom of the standings, enduring a season that started with four months of misery and exposed all of the club’s dysfunction and built-up disharmony.
Coaches asking media members to criticize players more and them less. Scouts lamenting that they’d gone several weeks without speaking to higher-ups in hockey operations. One player — Jeff Carter — playing as if h...
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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson wrote a very powerful piece on his website that tells the NHL owners what every player is thinking during the current NHL Lockout that has wiped out more games through the month of November. In fact, the massage delivered by Johnson is simple.
He wants to play.
The following is from Johnson’s website, and is titled “Where Is The Honor...
Former Kings defenseman Jack Johnson, who was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Jeff Carter trade, has never been shy about standing up for what he believes. And he now believes players are getting a raw deal from owners in the labor dispute that has put the season on hold and most recently led the NHL to cancel games through Nov. 30.
Johnson took to his website, www.jackjohnson3...
from Jack Johnson's website,
I want to work! I’m a professional athlete and I want to play hockey! In my chosen profession, I don’t have until I am 60 or 70 years old to do this job. My window of opportunity to play professional hockey is limited. If I’m lucky, I can play until I’m 40. I have been training as a hockey player my entire life, and I know it is a privilege...