After all the hulabaloo that was trade deadline day on Monday, the Columbus Blue Jackets held a press conference with General Manager Scott Howson and Senior Advisor Craig Patrick. Patrick was relatively quiet, and few asked him questions, but his presence was undeniable. When asked his role in the trade process, he referred to himself as the, voice of reason.
Make no mistake, Patricks voice is heard and appreciated when it comes to the players and what happens next for the last place club that lost its way. Asked what it will take to turn this 19-38-7 ship around, Patrick was clear: Defense, forwards and goaltending.
New goaltenders? Not exactly.
I still think (Steve Mason) has that level of game in him, said Patrick, referring to Masons Calder Trophy winning ways from 2008-09. We just have to figure out how to get it out of him.
Perhaps they are closer than they think after Mason earned his first shut-out of the season Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche, making 32 s...