Originally posted on Thrashing the Blues  |  Last updated 11/24/12
Now, as a disclaimer, I must say that this isn't a slam against the Columbus Blue Jackets. I've always wanted them to be successful (though not too much in the standings, for obvious reasons), but I've also always referred to them as "Atlanta North." Why? Well, a few years ago it was just mostly a reference to both franchises' futility, but over the last couple of years it's become more than that. Witness: Regular season futility: The Blue Jackets have exactly one season over .500; the Thrashers had three (uh, edge: Atlanta?) Playoff problems: Both teams have one playoff appearance and both teams' appearances ended the same way, with a first round sweep.  Questionable coaching broken up by a guy who's won the Stanley Cup, then was fired the year after he got them to the playoffs (Hitchcock lasted quite a bit longer than Hartley, though). Having a wunderkind goalie (or two) who never quite worked out the way that they needed to. The loss of your marquee player in a trade of questionable quality. A general manager whose capabilities are a subject of much discussion -- that was the nicest way I could put that one. Being awarded the All Star Game only to lose it to a lockout. So there you go. I'm pretty sure there are other comparisons to be made between the two franchises, but these are just odd. Hopefully the hockey gods don't have something in store for CBJ like they did for Atlanta, because the stars aren't exactly aligning very well right now -- except for the John Davidson hire. Kudos on that one! Here's hoping the Blue Jackets stay put and get successful, because the last thing Gary Bettman wants (I'm sure, since he seemed to care so much the four previous times it's happened under his tenure) is for a franchise to relocate.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL Legends (and Jose Canseco!) Have No Love For Captain America
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lochte to be summoned to appear in Rio, charged with making false report

Carlos Ruiz traded to Dodgers

Ezekiel Elliott reportedly arrived at training camp overweight

Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient

Report: Dodgers have turned down lowball offers for Puig

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit against Adam Schefter, ESPN will proceed

The Rock, Vin Diesel to settle 'rivalry' at WrestleMania 33?

Report: Browns trade former No. 6 overall pick Mingo to Pats

Harden organizing players-only minicamp with Rockets

Raiders file trademark applications for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’

U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

The 20 best boxing movies ever

Will Perriman help Ravens find elusive WR success?

Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

Five MLB players with a lot to lose down the stretch

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Bruce Arians on sideline video use: 'It helps bad coaches'

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

Can Perriman's return help Ravens find oft-elusive WR success?

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker