Saturday, March 29, 2008

Predators 2, Blue Jackets 0

Not a lot to like from the home side tonight.

You really get the sense of discontent in Columbus over the team this season, and I can't imagine another lost year will go over very well.  Scalpers were selling prime seats for $10 out front, and even then, Nationwide Arena was far from full.

Beautiful facility in any event.

There are actually a ton of Canadians down here this weekend, the majority of which are on hand for Saturday's MLS game (which I'll be at for some reason).

A good time so far, and I even picked up a Chimera hat for $3 from the giftshop, so who can complain? I do worry about the NHL's future in Columbus unless they can finally put together a winning season soon.


At 10:03 a.m., March 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are allowed to post such comments about one of Bettman's expansion teams? Especially using a Blackberry.
For Shame!

At 10:33 a.m., March 29, 2008, Blogger Joe said...

As a result of the negative post and the use of a Blackberry, as noted in the previous comment, this shall be the last post we'll ever seen from Dr. James Mirtle.

On a side note, had I known you were in Pittsburgh for the pens game I would have considered swapping my tickets with you.

At 10:38 a.m., March 29, 2008, Blogger Tim said...

As a resident of the fair city of Columbus (well, one of the suburbs) and continued season ticket holder, one more losing season will definitely hurt. End of the franchise is a big step, though, as there's very little debt surrounding the team.

Columbus is notoriously a front running town, and if the Jackets rip off some wins and finally make it to the playoffs, the franchise will be fine. If they don't do that next spring, it's going to be a tough sell.

Personally, I like what Howson has done already, and look forward to what he can do with some money and without any of MacLean's albatross contracts hanging around his neck.

At 3:56 p.m., March 29, 2008, Blogger theoil said...

I think the need for Columbus to improve quickly may well make Edmonton a good trade partner this summer. Edmonton has a surplus of NHL ready players up front and Columbus may listen to offers for one or more of Torres, Moreau, Pouliot, Schremp, Stoll etc. in return for picks or prospects. I believe Lowe and Howson know each other.

At 11:43 p.m., March 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitch loves Pitkanen and Oil can't sign him so you do the math. I don't know what Columbus could offer, though.

Zverdev is talented but no use for Oil because they already have Gagner and Hemsky in the same role.

Maybe something else.

At 1:20 a.m., March 30, 2008, Blogger theoil said...

Not sure why you think we can't sign Pitkanen but whatever. The Oilers will have too many players up front. If they deal a dman it will be because they have gone out and gotten another one first.

At 8:46 p.m., March 30, 2008, Blogger Lion said...

Call the milk carton folks. Where in the World is Carmen SanJamesMirtle?


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