Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Davidson: Blue Jackets Not Giving up on Future



It's been a difficult season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team started the season with a horrid losing streak and fired coach Todd Richards before it ended. Since John Tortorella has taken over there has been progress, but not enough for fans to get excited about. Columbus is second to last in the Conference but they have picked it up of late, going 6-2-2 in their last ten to forge their way back to respectability.

All that said, Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson is not about to tear down what the team is calling a work in progress.

"We’ve gone through a lot this year, good and bad. But there’s no change in the plan," Davidson told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. "We’ve done good things. We’ve made some mistakes. But you live with that and you continue with your plan, and you honestly try to win as you try to get better. That’s just in our DNA here. That’s what we do. It just is what it is."

Portzline says that the Blue Jackets could be looking to move veterans Scott Hartnell and Fedor Tyutin, but adds that the team is not going to change radically from this season to next. Davidson says that having healthy goaltending could make a world of difference for his team, which has already undergone a transformation when it dealt Ryan Johansen to Nashville for top-2 defenseman Seth Jones.

Here's another snippet from Portzline's article:

I’ve had everything thrown at me from A to Z. You know, “trade a first-rounder, get somebody and at least we’ll have a chance!” Well it doesn’t happen like that. You can’t do it. You can’t. You have to take the bullets and move forward.

"I know one thing: You’ve to have strong goaltending to win, and when we’ve had strong goaltending at various times this year, we’ve won a lot of games. It has a lot to do with it. It comes down to keeping the puck out of the net, and we’ve done better at that lately. You’re not going to win if you’re one of the three worst teams at goals-against. You just won’t. It’s pretty simple."