Originally written March 16, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
Are the Columbus Blue Jackets for real? Lost in the Chicago Blackhawks’ incredible, record-setting 21-0-3 start to their season was the recent surge of the Columbus Blue Jackets who have reeled off five consecutive victories as well as are riding a nine-game consecutive point streak (5-0-4) to improve to 10-12-6, thus escaping the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) basement which they occupied all of last season and the first 21 games, this season. And while their recent surge has surprised many, there are reasons as to why this isn’t a mere mirage: Message Sent, Message Received – Although the Blue Jackets went 1-5-2 during the games after former General Manager (GM) Scott Howson was fired, the change in atmosphere and the level of commitment was palpable.  The message that was sent can be summarized in three words, ‘no free passes’.  The days of collecting a paycheck and the padding of individual statistics, primarily at the end of the year, were no longer.  Anything less than supr...
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