As Columbus Blue Jackets training camp commenced Sunday at the Ice Haus in front of more than 1,000 cheering fans, there was chatter all around. Chatter about the new faces of the club, the speed of the practice, how the goaltending looks, how good it was to be back and of course, analysis of just who among the 25 might step up to be captain now that Rick Nash, traded last summer, is off with the New York Rangers.
Oh, and dont forget those 30 goals he tossed in last season.
Rick Nash played 25 minutes a night. So theres 25 minutes of ice time for somebody, or a couple guys. The ice has to be distributed somewhere, said Head Coach Todd Richards of the opportunity that now exists for some ambitious Blue Jacket to snag up during this abbreviated season.
The 113-day NHL lockout ended last week. The club will play 48 games in 99 days, starting Saturday in Nashville.
Theres a role (Nash) had on the team being captain. So there are leadership responsibilities that are out there, too, said ...