Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I need a boss this understanding

So much for the rumoured demise of president-general manager Doug MacLean in Columbus.

Sources tell TSN that MacLean and the Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a new long-term contract.

I realize the Jackets have turned it around slightly by playing better, but it's way beyond too little too late. If Doug MacLean was working in any other industry and produced this kind of results while at the helm of a new company, he'd put collecting EI cheques by now.

MacLean is the guy who built this organization completely the wrong way, signing overrated veterans like Todd Marchant, Luke Richardson, Scott Lachance and Andrew Cassels to big contracts everyone else in the league laughed at.

Hell, even his signing of Adam Foote made me scratch my head. I like Foote as a player, a lot, but his strength is that he's a durable, dependable blueliner who can make a good team great with his experience. Going into this season, it was doubtful the Jackets would be a playoff team. By the time Columbus gets in a position where Foote's vast playoff experience will come in handy, he'll be retired.

This will be the Blue Jackets 5th year in the NHL, and they will not have made the playoffs yet. In comparison, their expansion cousins, the Minnesota Wild, were in the post season their 3rd year, going to the Western Conference finals. Before that, it took the San Jose Sharks 3 years, but they were a goal post away from the final four as well. Tampa Bay was in the dance by year 3, as were the Florida Panthers, who went all the way to the finals.

It took Ottawa five years to get into the playoffs, but by then, they turned over a ton of personnel, and no longer had that hack of a GM they started with.

Columbus is a team that appears to have an owner willing to spend money, an excellent scouting crew, and a horrible general manager. So of course they give that retarded GM a new long-term deal.

Good luck getting into the postseason with this guy in charge.

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